One of the most soulful gospel albums ever issued by Chess – the debut of singer Martha Bass, and a set that can almost stand up to other 60s label classics by artists like Mitty Collier or Fontella Bass! Gene Barge handles the arrangements, and things are nice and lean – just a bit of ... read moreCD
Erica Campbell —
Help ... CD E One, 2014. Used ...
A legendary group, working here with a legendary singer too – presented in raw, earthy brilliance in this set of recordings by Alan Lomax! Lomax first encountered the Georgia Sea Island Singers a few decades before these tracks – but when he reunited with the group in the late 50s, ... read moreCD
Seminal gospel recordings from Cora and Sallie Martin – the latter of whom wasn't just an important musical force in early gospel music, but also a key organizational one as well! Sallie's often been called the "mother of gospel" – and for good reason, too – given how ... read moreCD
Doug Shorts —
Praises ... CD Yawl's Productions, 2014. New Copy ...
A great set of homegrown gospel from Chicago's Doug Shorts – an artist who's got the spare, simple approach of some of our favorite spiritual records from many years back! The album's contemporary, but it feels a lot more like an indie gospel album from the late 70s – with Shorts' ... read moreCD
A spirit-moving live set from Clara Ward and her singers – recorded at the Apollo Theater with a really powerful sound! The concert predates James Brown's famous Apollo set by a year – and has an equally vibrant feel – a really gritty, unbridled quality that's quite different ... read moreCD
A tremendous legacy in gospel music during the 60s – a crucially important indie from the Memphis scene – and one who recorded really great groups from around the country! Designer were helping shape the sound of modern gospel at the same time as Chess, Savoy, and some of the bigger ... read moreCD