Gospel genius from the legendary Sun Records – an imprint usually associated with the earliest roots of rockabill
y, but also a Memphis powerhouse that managed to capture a number of different styles surprisingly well during the 50s! Sun had one of its big early hits with The Prisonaires – a group of convicts who could harmonize beautifully – and many of these tracks follow a similar vibe, with that up-close, uncluttered style of recording that Sam Phillips did so well – which really lets the vocals of the groups come through! But there's also some surprising crossover moments going on here too – as some tracks feature more familiar Sun artists singing spiritual tunes – showing just how much the gospel side of the market was during these formative years of country, pop, and rock. The set's got 32 tracks in all – a huge amount of overlooked material from Sun – and titles include "Softly & Tenderly" by The Prisonaires, "Forgive Me Lord" by Southern Jubilee Singers, "I Need Jesus" by Song Fellows, "Amazing Grace" by Jones Brothers, "House Of God" by an Unknown Female Trio, "Nobody's Looking Back" by Wally Fowler, "Rainbow Of Love" by Evans
Family Singers, "Until I Pray For You" by Rudi Richardson, "Where Shall I Be" by Brewsteraires, "My Heart Is A Chapel" by Mary Johnson, "My God Is Real" by Prisonaires, "All My Sins Been Taken Away" by Sonny Burgess, "Round Up In Glory" by Sun Spot Quartet" – and the tracks "Just A Little Talk With Jesus" by the Million Dollar Quartet, and even a "Sermon" by Jerry Lee Lewis.