Swan Silvertones: If You Believe Your God Is Dead
From 7″ (HOB, 197?).
I received this email, from out of the blue, the other day:
Oliver, the world needs you more than ever now.
Your Soul selections (and general selection) is such an important part of global culture especially Soul & Black culture worldwide.
To DJ’s and Soul collectors you are a hero, and the one thing I know we all need in this world is more […]
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After what seemed like a quiet winter/spring, Daptone has burst out with a grip of new releases over the last few months.
Of the bunch, my favorite has been Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens’ “Sinner“:
I wouldn’t have expected this to have been the cut I’d gravitate to but there’s such power here, especially in those opening bars where Shelton lights into “I…was…born!!!!!” This is the lead cut off the upcoming Naomi Shelton album.
I’m also into the new Ever-Soul reissue of The Relatives’ “Leave Something Worthwhile”.
From what I can suss out, this is […]
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Arthur Blessitt/The Eternal Rush: God’s Love
From Soul Session At His Place (Creative Sound, 1969)
So Blessitt is an…interesting guy and this album was recorded during what I can only imagine was a really heady, psychedelic era of Hollywood history when Blessitt used to run a nightclub called The Soul Session.1 Among the folks who used to come in was a group called The Eternal Rush, whose lead singer Jim McPheeters is who you hear here. Really trippy, groovy stuff here, especially the mix of acoustic and electric piano. The rest of the album is whatever, […]
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The Henry Jackson Company: I’m So Thankful (Extended Intro/Bridge edit)
From S/T (Gospel Truth, 1973)
This Jackson LP has one of easier gospel funk cuts to track down; a slick, Southern soul influenced cooker (this is on Gospel Truth, which means that the rhythm section was likely drawn from Stax/Volt session players). The original LP version does have a little breakbeat to open it plus that groovin’ bridge but in case I […]
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Charles Johnson and the Dynamic Gaylarks: God Got His Eyes On You
From 7″ (Richburg, 197?)
The slow build on this is fantastic…I’m not sure if Johnson’s falsetto isn’t just a little pitchy but you can’t ask for a more dramatic crescendo to kicking off the rhythm section to launch into what’s essentially a crossover-style gospel jam. This one’s out of Newark, NJ.1
By the way, I have an extra, stock copy of this 7″ if anyone’s interested. Drop me an email. ↩
Mourning Doves: Come Out the Wilderness
From 7″ (Kable, 196?)
Since I just wrote about the new Numero comp of gospel soul, I thought I’d just carry the theme through for a couple more posts.
Pretty sure I heard this originally from Greg Belson; utterly fierce gospel funk track that sounds reminiscent of an arrangement that’s escaping me right now. The general gist though: it kicks ass, spiritually speaking, of course. The flip is a nice ballad-y hand-clapper to boot.
Numero’s latest in the Good God! series of gospel soul/funk albums might be my favorite yet. I’m, of course, slightly biased by the fact that they ended up using a song from an album that, years ago, I had suggested they reissue and I ended up helping them with the album scan that’s in the comp (Religious Souls). But really, this is absolutely up my alley in terms of gospel’s dip into deep soul. The fact that I even owned one (let alone three) of the albums/singles featured on here is partial evidence of that (on the […]
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Question (from Dinsdale): Hi O-Dub. Have you ever made a post focusing on Scandinavian stuff? Do you have any preferences at all vis-a-vis this?”
Answer: I’ve never done, as far as I recall, a dedicated post specifically about music out of the region. I’m simply not familiar with it as a “scene” to try to frame it as such. That said, I have written about artists from those countries, especially Sweden. That includes Bob Azzam, Alice Babs, The Gimmicks, and I’m not sure the Impossibles count since they were […]
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Aaron and I have corresponded through the years – we’re mutual fans of one another’s musical interests – and he was in Los Angeles in late August to screen the (hopefully) forthcoming documentary on Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace, her best-selling 1972 gospel album. It’s a topic very close to Aaron’s heart, especially as the author of the new 33.3 book, Amazing Grace, which examines the album through exhaustive historical research and interviews.
Aaron and I chatted in my kitchen about the album, his book and the documentary (plus a bonus podcast of a few of […]
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Alec Palao is a music historian and reissue producer and quite possibly, the world’s leading expert on the Music City catalog.
The label was one of the most storied in Bay Area music history though you’d be forgiven if you’ve never heard of it given that it was always more of a local, independent operation than anything approaching the size/scope of Fantasy or similar Bay Area imprints. Nonetheless, for three decades, Music City was one of the outlets for Black music in the Bay, through many different evolutions of style. Until […]
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