HOLY GHOST POSTS: FLORIDA SPIRITUALAIRES COVER THE INTRUDERS

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The Florida Spiritualaires: I Remember When
From 7″ (Ernie’s Record Parade, 1976)

First time I heard this 7″, the first thought that came to mind was, “wow, it sounds like the Spiritualaires are recording a low rider jam.” The way the song opens is pure “Suavecito”-era soul which may not have been as surprising if this had been, say, The Whittier Spiritualaires but it’s not a sound I instantly associate with Floridians.

Of course, what I should have realized was that “I Remember When” belongs to that particular category of […]

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HOLY GHOST POSTS: SOULS OF UNITY

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The Souls of Unity: Reach Out and Touch
From It’s Getting Late In the Evening (Major, 197?)

Little did I realize that Noz – apart from his love for obscure rap – also scours the Maryland countryside for gospel LPs. A few months back, I discovered this album through him and in particular, heard this song and was instantly obsessed. Partially, it’s those muted horns and the deep bass lines – putting the soul in gospel soul – but it’s also teenager Angela Brown’s lead vocals, with her wavering tone and […]

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HOLY GHOST POSTS, EASTER SPECIAL: 5 OF 5

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The Canton Spirituals: Stand By Me
From Mississippi Po Boy (J&B, 1985)

The Fantastic Family Aries: I’ve Been Born Again
The Color of God
From I’m So Glad (Gospel Roots/TK, 1976)

I had another set of songs ready to go to close out the week of posts but I began the week in Urbana/Campaign and while out there, managed to hit up a pair of stores, including one that had two boxes of sealed gospel LPs, including the Canton Spirituals LP which – by […]

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HOLY GHOST POSTS, EASTER SPECIAL: 4 OF 5

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Willie Banks and the Messengers: If It Had Not Been For Jesus
On My Way
From God’s Goodness (HSE, 197?)

There’s an old adage that the way you find a good funk LP is to look for an Afro on the cover. For gospel, I wonder if the equivalent is looking for stock photography and plain typology. For small press releases, there just wasn’t a big budget for marketing; you may have noticed this Banks LP uses the same stock photo as the Soulful Sons of Zion release I […]

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HOLY GHOST POSTS, EASTER SPECIAL: 3 OF 5

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Eugene Williams and Sister Lee Ida Brown and the Houston Interdenominational Choir: Help Your Brother
Peace
From Seek Ye First the Kingdom (ABC Songbird, 1974)

Gladys McFadden & The Loving Sisters: Never Gonna Turn Around
From Running Short Of Love, Today (ABC Peacock, 1977)

Freda Bush: City Called Heaven
From Songs of Faith and Inspiration (Aclassye, 1976)

One running joke re: gospel albums is how long “artist” names are. Of course, that’s partially because it’s not just the singers or bands being […]

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HOLY GHOST POSTS, EASTER SPECIAL: 2 OF 5

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The Faithful Wonders: Ol’ John (Behold Thy Mother)
Lucy Rodgers: I Found a Friend
Irish Britton: Lord I Wonder
All from The Sunday Gospel Open House (Checker, 1967)

In terms of bang for the buck, it’s hard to go wrong with this late ’60s release off of Checker which compiles a slew of gospel recordings from artists on the label. There’s at least four songs off of here that are outstanding and seriously, kudos to whoever that Checker mixed and mastered this; it has excellent production aesthetics for […]

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HOLY GHOST POSTS, EASTER SPECIAL: 1 OF 5

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As my past posts have hinted at, my record buying habits have taken on a heavy gospel bent of late. Not sure what instigated the ramp up…I’ve been picking up pieces here and there for years now but not in such a concerted way.

My taste in gospel has both evolved and refined itself over the years; the only common consistencies is that I’m certainly drawn to gospel with a strong soul and/or […]

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2010 REVIEW (FROM THE BINS)


There are other songs that could have made this list but I really went with those songs that, at the end of the year, I still enjoyed as much as when I first heard ’em. Interesting trends I noticed in my listening taste as a result of putting this playlist together: gospel was obviously big for me this year, reggae was not, and despite a wealth of Latin, only a few songs really stayed with me. As always, soul was huge but not so much funk. Jazz was totally shut out. We’ll have to see what […]

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2010 REVIEW (NEW)

ALBUMS. Major caveat: over the last few years, I’ve really relinquished any claim to being a “pop critic” in the broad sense of the term. I don’t make a living nor pursue a hobby in staying on top of pop music trends (and truly, even at the height of my freelance career, I was always writing about specific genres, never “pop” at large). That’s not to say I’ve abandoned pop at all; I love pop music but I feel no compunction to be in the mix with every major release. As a result, this list below […]

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HOLY GHOST POSTS: RON DICKERSON, HARRY BOOKER AND THE CLINTON LOGAN SINGERS


Ron Dickerson and Tranquility: Working on the Building
Do You Know Jesus?
From S/T (New Day, 1977)

Harry Booker: Straight Ahead
From Let God Arise (Azure, 1982)

The Clinton Logan Singers: A Change Gonna Come
From Couldn’t Have Made This Journey Without You (Air, 197?)

The nice thing about finding a new genre to explore is that everything is new and whether rare or common, expensive or cheap, it’s really just about the music rather than being a completionist (that turn eventually comes but just not now). With gospel soul, I’m a […]

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