A lesser-known gem from Rance Allen and group – recorded during their incredible early run at Stax! The sound here seems even more powerful than on the group's first album – a wicked blend of gospel and soul, served up with relatively spare instrumentation that features keyboards and ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great little record from Rance – recorded in 1980 on his return to Stax after a stint at Capitol. The set's got a really wonderful feel – all the deep soul of Rance's early albums for Stax, mixed with some of the bubbling touches he picked up from working with Larry Mizell at Capitol. ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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Rance Allen Group —
Smile ... LP Stax, 1979. Very Good+ ...
An oft-overlooked album that Rance and group recorded during a return to Stax after their record on Capitol with Larry Mizell. The groove here is more tightly produced than on their earlier Stax LPs, with more of a modern soul sound, and more of an orientation towards a dancefloor beat – but ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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A wonderful little record that's way way more than you'd even expect from the title – an early 70s collaboration between arranger Galt MacDermot and singer Nell Carter on a project of all original material with a very soulful vibe! The set isn't gospel tunes sung by a soul artist – and ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreCD
A second fantastic set from this Mississippi gospel trio – and one that mixes their heavenly vocals with a bit of Daptone Records funk! The set's produced by Bosco Mann, who also plays bass in the quartet that backs up the singers – and the groove is raw and gritty, with a vibe that ... read moreCD
A second fantastic set from this Mississippi gospel trio – and one that mixes their heavenly vocals with a bit of Daptone Records funk! The set's produced by Bosco Mann, who also plays bass in the quartet that backs up the singers – and the groove is raw and gritty, with a vibe that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Excellent soulful gospel from the man who practically brought gospel into the mainstream in the early 70s. This album's a few years on from his seminal work, and he's no longer using the Disciples as his backing group, at least not in name, but this effort is an outstanding set of crisply produced ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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Andrae Crouch & The Disciples —
Soulfully ... LP Light, 1972. Very Good- ...
They certainly got the title right on this one – as the album's one of THE soul/gospel crossover albums of the 70s – a masterpiece of majestic soul that's right up there with similar work from the time by Rance Allen and The Mighty Clouds Of Joy. Crouch's vocals are wonderful – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A rare gospel set from A Glenn Dailey – one done in a mode that mixes modern soul with spiritual messages – all at a level that makes the whole thing feel like a great indie set of quiet storm soul! Tunes are mostly laidback, and move at a really mellow, late nite pace – slow-buil ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A totally excellent gospel album that could pass for secular soul if you weren't too careful! The record gets right down to business with a heavy funk original that snaps like the lost funky 45 you've been searching for forever, with a tight little piano line, crisp guitar and a popping little ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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Fantastic work from the Gospelaires – a group from Dayton, Ohio – but one who recorded most of the music here down in Houston – where they issued some tremendous singles for the Peacock label! The group are incredible – and sing with a hard-edged frenzy that's maybe more ... read moreCD
Al Green's definitely on a higher plane here – singing an album of gospel music after his abandonment of secular soul – but thankfully, still very much in the spirit of his best work on Hi Records! The religion here is very soft-pedaled – and most tunes are very warm soul numbers ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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The full Edwins Hawkins sound in full effect – lots of backing singers supporting a righteous lead – all in a style that's arguably a lot more soul than gospel! The Hawkins group was one of the best to crossover from gospel to soul at the time, and they still do it better than most of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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A key early record for the Edwin Hawkins Singers – issued right after the group had changed their name from the less-catchy Northern California State Youth Choir! The record contains Hawkins' huge hit "Oh Happy Day" – done with soloist Dorothy Morrison, a voice that was ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Incredibly unique work from Panduranga Henderson – an artist who first worked as John Henderson in the group of Ray Charles, then hooked up with Alice Coltrane and had a spiritual awakening that really shaped his sound! The music here isn't at all like Charles or Coltrane – although it' ... (Global Grooves, Gospel)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The times are changing, and so too do the Mighty Clouds, switching labels to Epic, and teaming up with Frank Wilson and James Cleveland for another soulful set that's got one foot firmly in the secular world and the other deeply planted on the church's side! Includes "What About The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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Strange to see a gospel album on the mostly-disco Prelude label – but the album's a good one, with a strong modern soul approach, similar to crossover work from the time by The Clark Sisters. The closest to the usual Prelude groove is the cut "Shine A Light", which has a righteous ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Other-worldly sounds from Washington Phillips – an artist you might consider as an early force in gospel music, but one who has a style that's all his own! Washington sings alongside his own music on zither – notes that have a ringing, cascading vibe that's almost heavenly, but handled ... 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
Della Reese —
Amen ... LP Jubilee, 1958. Very Good ...
A gospel session, as you might guess from the title – and one that not only shows Della's roots in church music, but which also hints at the spiritual role she'd play in later life! The setting here is somewhat spare and stripped down – mostly just piano and organ in the ... (Vocalists, Gospel)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Helen Robinson Youth Choir —
Joy ... LP Cotillion, 1972. Very Good- ...
DJ Rogers returns to his roots, and cuts an album that's more in a straight gospel mode than his earlier gospel-influenced soul sets! Honestly, the results are so great, we like this one just as much as the best of his secular albums – and the record's got a cohesive feel that's totally ... (Soul, Gospel)read moreCD
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens —
Cold World ... CD Daptone, 2014. New Copy ...
A great one from Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – a record that's done with deeper raw soul roots than their Daptone debut – but which still holds onto all the group's uplifting gospel spirit! The best records on Daptone are big on old school soul and funk reverence, but show ... (Deep Funk, Gospel)read moreCD
Amazing sounds from the Mississippi underground – sung by an artist with equal parts gospel and blues in his background, and recorded here with a style that's a perfect fusion of both! The album's still got a mighty raw feel at the core, but the songs themselves hang together with hooks and ... (Blues, Gospel)read moreCD