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Gospel — Recently Added

XSpiritual sounds with plenty of soul -- gospel groups, choirs, sermons, and even some gospel funk too!


Reverend Robert Ballinger with Willie Dixon

King's Highway
Bear Family (Germany), 1950s. New Copy 2CD
Robert Ballinger might be a Reverend, but he's got the sound of a 50s bluesman in Chicago – no surprise, as he recorded most of these tracks in the Windy City during the decade – with plenty of help from the great Willie Dixon on bass! Ballinger sings and plays piano on these cuts ... CD
Numero, Early 70s. New Copy 5LP
A tremendous package of work from this overlooked soul and gospel legend – four classic albums, plus other rare material too – all packaged with detailed notes in the wonderful Numero Group style! First up is Like A Ship Without A Sail – a gospel album from Pastor TL Barrett, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Luaka Bop, 1970s. New Copy Gatefold
Maybe the coolest record ever put out by the Luaka Bop label – and that's really saying a lot, given all the amazing albums they've given us over the years! The set's a perfect musical tonic for the times – a set of underground singles from the 70s, most of which fall in a space ... LP, Vinyl record album

Reverend Sam Dixon

My Soul Says Yes
Samdy/Asherah, Late 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A gospel record, but one that lets you know that there's something different going on from the very first note – which seems to be the kind of sound you'd expect more from a blacksploitation soundtrack than any kind of album cooked up in a church! That difference hangs on throughout the ... LP, Vinyl record album
JCR/Bible & Tire, Early 70s. New Copy
Rare gospel gems that go way past the usual – tracks recorded for the small JCR label in Memphis during the 70s, but done with a stripped-down vibe that's much more like postwar gospel overall! Most of the acts here are pretty darn obscure – groups that were inspired by the spirit and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Theotis Taylor

Brother Theotis Taylor
Mississippi, Mid 70s. New Copy
Rare material from Georgia singer Brother Theotis Taylor – one of those unique southern talents who work in a stripped-down mode that's equal parts gospel and blues – maybe more blues in structure, but definitely with a deeper spirit in the message! Taylor only issued a handful of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jewell Gospel Trio

Many Little Angels In The Band
Gospel Friend (Germany), Mid 50s. New Copy
An essential collection of rare material by this important female gospel trio of the 50s – a group who's not only known for bringing a style to the music that was ever bit as great as male group gospel of the pre-soul years – but who also are the initial early home to later soul ... CD
Numero, Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
Killer gospel work from a small Chicago label – most of it pretty darn funky and soulful as well! The label sticker on the album's cover states a link too musical roots in the deep south – but the overall sound here is more in that wonderful hybrid of spiritual and secular that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lamont Butler

It's Time For A Change
Blessed/Acid Jazz (UK), 1981. New Copy (reissue)
A rare bit of gospel from the Louisville scene at the start of the 80s – but a set that's also got plenty of secular soul appeal too – thanks in part to the righteous message in Lamont's lyrics, which would fit with some of the deeper sounds of 70s soul – and thanks also to the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Elizabeth King & The Gospel Souls

D-Vine Spirituals Recordings
D-Vine/Bible & Tire, 1972. New Copy
A fantastic collection of work from Elizabeth King – a gospel singer who never reached the same sort of fame as singers who moved into the secular world – but one who's got a vocal power that would have made her a star, had she chosen such a move! The tunes here all feature King ... CD

Bishop Manning & The Manning Family

Converted Mind – The Early Recordings
Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess, 1970s. New Copy
Amazing stuff from the Converted Mind of Bishop Manning and his family! Manning was a former down & dirty blues singer who was changed forever byThe Good Word in the early 60s – and the lived in realness of these recordings certainly suggests a blues pedigree. It's completely wonderful, ... CD
Gospel Friend (Germany), Late 50s/Early 60s. New Copy
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 ... CD
Nashboro/Third Man, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
A fantastic collection of postwar gospel recordings from the legendary Nashboro Records – one of the most important imprints for the music back in the 50s and 60s! We rank the work of Nashboro right up with the famous Houston-bred productions of Peacock Records – and as Peacock was ... LP, Vinyl record album
Numero, Early 70s. New Copy 5LP
A tremendous package of work from this overlooked soul and gospel legend – four classic albums, plus other rare material too – all packaged with detailed notes in the wonderful Numero Group style! First up is Like A Ship Without A Sail – a gospel album from Pastor TL Barrett, but ... LP, Vinyl record album
Kent (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
The lost gospel music legacy of Detroit producer Dave Hamilton – a key force in funk and soul in the Motor City in the 60s – where he developed an amazing sound that he also brought to his spiritual recordings as well! Dave's approach was always grittier than that of Motown or some of ... CD
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), Late 70s/1980s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
An insanely fantastic look at the strong legacy of gospel music from Savoy Records – a company who were initially a powerhouse in the fields of jazz and R&B, but who moved into the gospel world and dominated that market for decades! Savoy is a bit like Chess Records – a company who ... LP, Vinyl record album
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), 1970s. New Copy 2LP
An insanely fantastic look at the strong legacy of gospel music from Savoy Records – a company who were initially a powerhouse in the fields of jazz and R&B, but who moved into the gospel world and dominated that market for decades! Savoy is a bit like Chess Records – a company who ... LP, Vinyl record album
Gospel Roots/Honest Jons (UK), Late 70s. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Gospel Friend (Germany), Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy 2CDs
A wealth of female gospel from the early years of the genre – served up here on a double-length set that features tracks from some of the important stars of the time, plus a host of rare gems that we've never heard before! Most of the material here features a lead female singer with a ... CD
Narroway, 1950s/1960s. New Copy 2 CDs
A fantastic set of gospel tracks from the 50s and 60s – one that definitely takes the Civil Rights theme in the title seriously, but in ways that are often a bit more subtle than you might expect! Gospel music was key to the strivings of under-represented Americans during these years – ... CD
Savoy/Honest Jons (UK), Late 50s/1960s/1970s/Early 80s. New Copy 3CD
An insanely fantastic look at the strong legacy of gospel music from Savoy Records – a company who were initially a powerhouse in the fields of jazz and R&B, but who moved into the gospel world and dominated that market for decades! Savoy is a bit like Chess Records – a company who ... CD

San Francisco Christian Center Choir

Sound of the San Francisco Christian Center
Cultures Of Soul, Mid 70s. New Copy (reissue)
A really fantastic album of spiritual soul from a San Francisco church in the 70s – one of those rare and sublime albums that's equally appealing to fans of gospel as it is to fans of 70s soul! The arrangements and presentation are great – full of well-crafted grooves that move from ... LP, Vinyl record album

Pastor TL Barrett & Youth For Christ Choir

Do Not Pass Me By – Vol 2
Universal Awareness/Numero, 1973. New Copy (reissue)
The even more obscure second volume to the great soul/gospel classic Do Not Pass Me By – and like the first, the product of a wonderfully spiritual setting on Chicago's south side – music created in the church, but with all the same vibe as the hippest secular soul coming from the Windy ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stax/Craft, Early 70s. New Copy 2CD
An overdue look at a very cool record label – the short-lived Gospel Truth imprint, which was an outlet for the more spiritual side of Stax Records in the early 70s! The music is gospel, but often has plenty of the best Memphis soul elements of more popular Stax/Volt work of the time – ... CD

Morning Echoes Of Detroit

Echoes Of The Gospel (180 gram pressing)
Nashboro/Third Man, 1967. New Copy (reissue)
A gem of a gospel set from the legendary Nashboro catalog – crafted by a very hip male sextet from Detroit – one who are clearly open to letting a lot of blues and soul influences into their music! One of the key elements from those styles here is spare but strong use of guitar or ... LP, Vinyl record album
Gospel Friend, Late 30s/1940s/Early 50s. New Copy
Two decades' of work by Elder Charles Beck – a really important force in the early years of gospel music, and an artist who really helped link the music to more secular styles too! Beck plays both piano and trumpet – the latter quite a surprise, and is used here on early cuts to ... CD
Nashboro/Gospel Friend, 1950s/Early 60s. New Copy
The first full length collection we've ever seen to focus on the soulful gospel work of Harold Boggs – one of the greatest male lead singers of the pre-soul generation! Right from the start, Boggs was a hell of a singer, and a great songwriter too – and he first entered the business ... CD
Gospel Friend, Late 40s/Early 50s. New Copy
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, ... CD

Elder Jack Ward

Already Made
Bible & Tire, 2021. New Copy
The first recording in over 50 years from Elder Jack Ward – a Memphis gospel legend whose roots go way back to the early years of the city's soul scene! Ward was a member of both the Christian Harmonizers and Sunset Travelers, then went on to a huge legacy of his own – including work ... LP, Vinyl record album
JCR/Bible & Tire, Early 70s. New Copy
A treasure trove of rare and unusual gospel recordings from the Memphis scene – work done for the tiny JCR imprint of the also-tiny D-Vine Records label – a real wellspring of under-discovered talent from the south! JCR was kind of the bush league for D-Vine – a custom label that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Elizabeth King & The Gospel Souls

D-Vine Spirituals Recordings
D-Vine/Bible & Tire, 1972. New Copy (reissue)
A fantastic collection of work from Elizabeth King – a gospel singer who never reached the same sort of fame as singers who moved into the secular world – but one who's got a vocal power that would have made her a star, had she chosen such a move! The tunes here all feature King ... LP, Vinyl record album

Reverend Douglas Bell & The Stage Cruisers

Nuclear Blast (180 gram vinyl)
Big Legal Mess/Fat Possum, 1960s. New Copy
Raw and rumbling gospel sounds from the Designer Records vaults – real and resonant southern gospel from Reverend Douglas Bell & Th Stage Cruisers! Heavy vocals & sermonizing with swirling organ and wailing keyboards along with the impassioned vocals. As with the material on the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Singing Southern Echos Of Memphis

Somebody Touched Me (180 gram pressing)
Designer/Big Legal Mess, 1960s/1970s. New Copy
Soul stirring group gospel from the Singing Southern Echos Of Memphis (it's spelled 'Echos' on the spine, folks) – with soaring lead and spirited backing vocals form this Memphis combo! We're not sure of the recorded vintage, but it's wonderful stuff – ranging from slow rolling ... LP, Vinyl record album
Westbound (UK), Late 70s/Early 80s. New Copy
A long-overdue look at the amazing Clark Sisters – a fantastic gospel group, and one with a vocal depth that we'd put right up there next to any of our favorite soul acts of the time! The Clarks are maybe best known for their landmark track "You Brought The Sunshine" – a ... CD

Elder Jack Ward

Already Made
Bible & Tire, 2021. New Copy
The first recording in over 50 years from Elder Jack Ward – a Memphis gospel legend whose roots go way back to the early years of the city's soul scene! Ward was a member of both the Christian Harmonizers and Sunset Travelers, then went on to a huge legacy of his own – including work ... CD
JCR/Bible & Tire, Early 70s. New Copy
Rare gospel gems that go way past the usual – tracks recorded for the small JCR label in Memphis during the 70s, but done with a stripped-down vibe that's much more like postwar gospel overall! Most of the acts here are pretty darn obscure – groups that were inspired by the spirit and ... CD
JCR/Bible & Tire, Early 70s. New Copy
A treasure trove of rare and unusual gospel recordings from the Memphis scene – work done for the tiny JCR imprint of the also-tiny D-Vine Records label – a real wellspring of under-discovered talent from the south! JCR was kind of the bush league for D-Vine – a custom label that ... CD
Bible & Tire/Fat Possum, 2021. New Copy 2LPGatefold
A fantastic little session of gospel music – contemporary work, but done in the same sort of "field trip" style of recording that takes us back to Alan Lomax and some of the great southern projects of the postwar years! In this case, the music all comes from a studio in Fountain, ... LP, Vinyl record album
King/Gusto, 1950s/Early 60s. Near Mint-
Classic tracks by one of the best gospel vocal groups to record for King Records! LP, Vinyl record album
Gusto, 1960s. Very Good+
Features Nightingales, Trumpeteers, Harmonizing Four, Consolers, Little Abraham Swanson, and Alfred Bolden. LP, Vinyl record album

Abyssinian Baptist Church Choir

Blessed Art Thou – A Tribute
Delta, 1960. Very Good-
... LP, Vinyl record album

Alex Bradford

Too Close To Heaven
Specialty, Early 50s. Very Good
Amazing early gospel from the great Alex Bradford – early material recorded for Specialty Records, before his greater fame on Vee Jay at the end of the 50s! LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 1973. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold
Includes selections by Bessie Griffin, Alex Bradford, Marion Williams, Delois Barrett Campbell, The Dixie Hummingbirds, Thomas A Dorsey, Sallie Martin, and RH Harris. LP, Vinyl record album

Mahalia Jackson

Bless This House
Columbia, 1956. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Mahalia Jackson

Abide With Me
Harmony, 1970. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
HOB, Late 60s. Sealed
Titles include "Brightly Beams", "Waiting & Watching", "King Of My Life", "I Know A Man", "Have A Little Faith", "Birthday Song", "Well Done", and "God Has A Television". LP, Vinyl record album

Sweet Honey In The Rock

Sweet Honey In The Rock
Flying Fish, 1976. Very Good+
... LP, Vinyl record album

Pastor TL Barrett

Like A Ship (Without A Sail)
Mt Zion, 1971. Near Mint-
A soul record we'd put up there with some of our favorites produced in Chicago during the early 70s – a gospel album from Pastor TL Barrett, but one that's gone on to legendary status among funk and soul collectors over the years! Barrett works here with his Youth For Christ Choir, of Mt. ... LP, Vinyl record album

Rev CL Franklin & Aretha Franklin

Never Grow Old
Chess, Early 60s. Near Mint-
... LP, Vinyl record album
Liberty, Early 60s. Good Gatefold
Features great music from Bumps Blackwell – with a very young Billy Preston on organ! LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 21, 2021


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