2LP – Black Vinyl
The first of three volumes surveying surely the mightiest Gospel label of them all. Stomping, rollicking gospel music, intermingling with raw soul, searing blues, hard-rocking doo-wop and jazz, and storming R&B. Infused and incandescent with the hurting, surging indignation of the Civil Rights movement, here are twenty-four precious scorchers by giants like the Staple Singers and Jimmy Scott, alongside devastating sides by less celebrated names like the Harmonizing Five of Burlington, North Carolina, and teen-group the North Philadelphia Juniors, culminating triumphantly with slamming, sanctified versions of Hit The Road Jack and Wade In The Water.
Drawn from nigh-impossible-to-find 78s, sevens and LPs, hardly any of these recordings have been reissued since their first release. Presented in a gatefold sleeve, with full-size booklet; beautifully designed, with stunning, rare photographs and original Savoy artwork. Sound restoration and mastering at Abbey Road; pressed at Pallas. Co-curated by Greg Belson, compiler of Divine DiscoA City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music (University of Illinois), and host of the award-winning radio show Gospel Memories.
LP 1: Famous Ward Singers – I’m Gettng Richer / The Harmonizing Five – I Don’t Need Nobody But The Lord / The Sensational Six – Let Freedom Ring / The Gospel Harmonettes Specials – How Much More / The Christones – Lord, It’s Me / The Staple Singers – Low Is The Way / Swindell Brothers – Trouble Of Mine / The Roberta Martin Singers – I’m Glad I’m A Witness For My Lord / Jimmy Scott – Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child / Shirley Caesar And The Caravans – He First Loved Me / The Blind Boys of Alabama – On Some Day / The Hightower Brothers – He That Believed
LP 2: North Philadelphia Juniors – There’s Something Within Me / The Selah Singers -The Wicked Race / The Ward Singers – Let The Train Roll Easy / The Stars of Faith – MeanOld World / Marion Williams – Get Your Business Right / The Gospel Cavaliers – Are You Listening / The Caravans – Mercy / Eddie Williams and the Crusaders – They Won’t Believe In Me / The Davis Sisters – Earnestly Praying / The Gospel Chimes – My Jesus Love Just Bubbles Over / The Angelic Gospel Choir – It’s The Holy Ghost / The AngelicChoir – Wade In The Water
LABEL: Honest Jons
CAT NO: HJRLP079