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 really amazing project – and a totally righteous little record – a set of songs all penned by Bob Dylan in the 60s, sung by a hip spiritual choir that includes performances from soul singers Clydie King, Merry Clayton, Edna Wright, and Gloria Jones! The mix of soul and gospel here is ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreCD
Rootsy gospel from The Como Mamas – a tremendous trio of female singers, working here in an all-acapella mode that's completely sublime! The set's an offshoot of the Como Now project done by Daptone a few years ago, and has the same timeless feel – quite a difference from the heavy ... read moreCD
Weird and wild sounds from Brother Claude Ely – a record that has all the power and dynamic energy you might guess from the image on the cover! Claude's a curious fellow – part singer, part preacher – with a style that draws from country, and fits in well with the King Records ... (Folk/Country, Gospel)read moreCD
A genius early combination from BB King – his own majestic vocals and a host of spiritual sounds that bring out a whole new side of his talents! The pairing is unusual – as King hardly cut much other material in this manner – and the record puts aside his famous guitar work to ... (Blues, Gospel)read moreCD
A gospel album at heart, but one that comes across with the sound of some of the hippest soul of the early 70s – very much in the same righteous style as the classic albums by Voices Of East Harlem! Like that group, these guys are clearly trained by the church, but open enough to reach out ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreCD
An unusual little record – soft soul from the 70s, but recorded with a slightly Christian undercurrent too! The religious aspect of the record is nicely underplayed – hardly obvious on most of the lyrics, and barely there on most others – and the overall presentation is so warmly ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreCD
Glorious gospel soul from Mighty Clouds Of Joy – with some great live material and studio recordings from later years – truly joyous and soulful in the truest sense! The live material is especially wonderful, as the group really works best with an audience of believers to soak it all in. ... 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
Stunning sounds from Michael Orr – a singer you might know from his secular work in the duo of Harris & Orr – and who still sounds incredible here in a more spiritual-styled set from the start of the 80s! As with Michael's earlier music, there's a cool, cosmic vibe going on in the ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreCD
A legendary gospel quintet, and one who sing with the same sort of vocal interplay you'd hear from the best doo wop groups of the time – presented here in a killer collection of work from their formative early years – including tracks that feature later famous solo stars like Lou Rawls, ... read moreCD
A bold return to form for The Relatives – a legendary gospel funk group from the 70s Texas scene – finally brought back to their former strengths on this contemporary set! The approach is very old school – a strong focus on the excellent vocal interplay of the group, and the ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreCD
A gospel album, but one with deep funk roots – the first full length album from Naomi Shelton, a vocalist we first came to love for her funky 45s on the Desco and Daptone labels! The music's a great mix of gospel vocals and some of the heavy soul sounds we've come to expect from Daptone ... (Deep Funk, Gospel)read moreCD
Staple Singers —
Amen/Why ... CD Epic/Real Gone, 1964/1965. New Copy ...
Seminal sounds from The Staple Singers – two mid 60s albums, back to back on a single CD! First up is Amen – a righteous early classic from The Staple Singers – a record that rings out with a spiritual note in the title, but one that also covers a whole host of social issues with ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreCD
A gospel album from the end of the 70s, but a set that works equally well as a soul album too – thanks to the beautiful presentation of the grooves and the vocals! The vibe here is often laidback – more in a mellow Marvin Gaye sort of mode – surprisingly slinky and sexy for such ... 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 rare nugget from the Voices Of East Harlem – an obscure second album of material for Elektra Records, issued after their debut on the label – but only as an overseas release! The album follows strongly in the righteous blend of gospel and soul on Right On Be Free – and the set ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreCD
John Whittaker & The Twenty-First Centuty Singers —
Triumphant ... CD Nashboro, 1996. Used ...
If you think Vee Jay and Chess Records were the sole gatekeepers to Chicago blues in the 50s, then think again – because the city was filled with loads of great tiny labels turning out excellent work – such as the trio of imprints featured in this collection! Ace digs really deep this ... (Blues, Gospel)read moreCD
A really really beautiful little compilation – one with a sound that's every bit as powerful as the image on its cover! The music here all comes from the Gospel Roots label of Miami soul powerhouse TK Records – a key force in mainstream soul in the 70s, but also a company who issued ... read moreCD
The most directly soul shaking album yet from Daptone Records – acapella gospel soul recorded live at Mt Mariah Church in Como, Mississippi – rootsy beauty sung by Mary Moore, The John Edwards Singers, Brother And Sister Walker, Como Mamas, Irene Stevenson and others! In a way, Como ... read moreCD
A heavy set of early soul music – mixed with a fair bit of gospel as well – all to show the evolution of the sounds of the style from its roots in the church! The package willfully – and wonderfully – mixes tracks from soul, R&B, and gospel sources all together in a ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreCD