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
A trio of classic albums from gospel legend Walter Hawkins – packaged as mini-LP sleeves in one nicely-priced set! Love Alive was one of the biggest gospel albums of the 70s – a record that has Hawkins working with the Love Center Choir, in this righteous mode that helped to re-infuse ... read moreCD
Mighty Clouds Of Joy —
It's Time ... CD ABC/Safety Zone, 1974. New Copy ...
A landmark blend of gospel spirit and 70s soul – and one of the greatest moments ever from The Mighty Clouds Of Joy! Like so many other soul artists before them, these guys have voices that are steeped in the best traditions of gospel – but rather than giving up their roots and going ... read moreCD
Mighty Clouds Of Joy —
Kickin ... CD ABC/Safety Zone, 1975. New Copy ...
Kickin it is – as the album's way more than just the typical gospel you might expect – and is a perfect example of the way the Mighty Clouds Of Joy helped cross the bridge between secular and spiritual sounds in the 70s! The record has a groove that most other mainstream soul acts ... read moreCD
A compelling mix of tracks from the legendary Sister Rosetta Tharpe – one that's definitely the concert album promised in the title, but one that seems to bring together performances from many different shows! The music here seems to span the space of a few decades, which is great – ... read moreCD
Damn funky gospel from The Violinaires – easily one of the hippest spiritual albums you could ever hope to find on Chess! The groove here is gritty Chicago funk, put together by Gene Barge with lots of heavy bass on the bottom – in a blend that's somewhere between the Cadet/Concept ... read moreCD
A damn funky album from the Violinaires – a set that's every bit as sharp, hard, and gritty as the best deep soul from the time – with some surprisingly monstrous backings too! The vocals are wonderful –with breakout leads that have plenty of raw soul, but some great harmonies ... read moreCD