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 the [...]
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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, but [...]
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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 ever [...]
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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.