GUEST SET: MELTING POT 11/14/10

I sat in for Michael Barnes on KPFK’s Melting Pot today. Included a few tracks I’ve had up here of late but a lot you haven’t heard from me yet. Enjoy!

The Melting Pot, 11-14-10

Quantic: Cumbia De Dilla
The East St. Louis Gospelettes: Have Mercy On Me
Kanye West: Devil in a New Dress
The Whatnauts: I’ll Erase the Pain
Golden Harmonettes: I Do Love You
Syl Johnson: Try Me (LP Version)
Syl Johnson: All I Need Is Someone Like You
Syl Johnson: Soul Heaven (All from The Complete […]

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HOLY GHOST POSTS: EAST ST. LOUIS GOSPELETTES


The East St. Louis Gospelettes: Have a Talk With God
Have Mercy On Me
From Love Is the Key (Birthright, 1977)

I got turned onto this LP by Brendan and it’s easily one of the best gospel soul albums I can think of in terms of bang for the buck. Besides these two cuts, there’s also a decent deep soul track and mostly, you have a stellar line-up of vocalists in the Gospelettes, including Frances Moore, who sings on “Have a Talk With God” and Sheryl Little, who is the featured soloist on “Have […]

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HOLY GHOST POSTS: JACKSON SOUTHERNAIRES


The Jackson Southernaires: On My Way Home
Until I Die
From Too Late (Songbird, 1964?)

I was initially turned onto this from Jesse’s incredible gospel soul post and thankfully, this album is probably the easiest one to track down of all that he shared. The Jackson Southernaires debut album for the Duke/Peacock gospel subsidiary Songbird was a huge hit for the group and it’s not difficult to track down copies of the LP for well under $20. (Strangely, for such a hit, it doesn’t seem to be on CD).

Jesse had included […]

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SOUL SIDES + GOSPEL + AQUARIUM DRUNKARD

My gospel mix for AD now available for DL.

Side A
New Hope – Godofallofus
The Inspirational Gospel Singers – The Same Thing It Took
The Week Sisters – What Will It Be Like
Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens – I’ll Take The Long Road
Andrew Wartts and the Gospel Storytellers – There Is A God Somewhere
The Religious Souls – Heaven Sweet Heaven
T.L. Barrett & Youth For Christ Choir – Like A Ship

Side B
Charles May and Annette May Thomas – More Faith Is […]

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T.L. BARRETT: SAIL AWAY (WITH GOD!)


T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir: Like a Ship
From Like a Ship (Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 1971/Light in the Attic, 2010)

First off…just wanted to share that this has been a pretty intense summer. As some of you know, I have a day job and this summer, I dedicated myself to taking care of as much academic commitments as I could take on. That’s been a good thing – an important thing – but it’s also left me completely drained by day’s end. I’m just creatively and emotionally tapped and […]

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HOLY GHOST POSTS: TRUTHETTES AND MIGHTY WINGS


The Truthettes: He’ll Open Doors For You
So Good To Be Alive
From Child’s Prayer (Malaco, 1981)

Brother Jesse Jackson and the Mighty Wings over Zion Singers: Can’t Nobody Take You There
From 7″ (Designer, 1973)

It should be fairly obvious now that I have a soft spot for gospel soul songs that interpolate existing soul songs. They’re covers of a sort but especially when lyrics get changed, they really transform the original source material into something else entirely.

One of the best examples I can think of is […]

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HOLY GHOST POSTS: FROM PSALMSTERS TO STORYTELLERS


Pee-Wee and the Psalmsters: Be That Way Sometimes b/w
Down By the Riverside
On 7″ (Carrie, 197?)

The Week Sisters: What Will It Be Like
On 7″ (HSE, 197?)

Swan Mellarks: One Day I Was Walking
On 7″ (Valberst, 196?)

The Souls of Solomon: Help Me Lord
From S/T (Gladys, 197/8?)

Andrew Wartts and the Gospel Storytellers: There Is A God Somewhere
Peter and John
From There Is A God Somewhere (Champ, 197?)

I thought I had exhausted most of my worthwhile gospel after all the […]

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THE HOLY GHOST POSTS: RELIGIOUS SOULS



Religious Souls: The Condition the World Is In
Rich Man
From Sinner Man (Artist’s Recording, 197?)

Religious Souls: Jesus People
Life Is A Vapor
From Change Me Lord (JCL, 197?)

The Kingcannon Family: Jesus Is Mine
Our Father’s Children
From Unity (Arroyo, 1985)

I’ve been meaning to write up the Religious Souls for about 4.5 years and the only reason I took this long was partially because I was hoping (now and then) to find a way to reissue their records (alas, I’m poorly equipped and a couple of the labels […]

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THE HOLY GHOST POSTS: EDDIE ROBINSON + ART REYNOLDS + STERLING GLASS


Eddie Robinson: God’s Love Song
Absolutely Beautiful
From You In My Life (Ren Unlimited, 197?)

It’s not all about the funk. This Eddie Robinson LP is a stunningly smooth, mellow and soulful gospel album, filled with electric piano and Robinson’s own dulcet croons (oh yeah baby, let’s get down and…pray). And then there’s this very simple edit I put together:

The Art Reynolds Singers: Down Here Lord/How Did It Feel?
From Tellin’ It LIke It Is (Capitol, 1966)

This album – a hit on the gospel circuit in its day – […]

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THE HOLY GHOST POSTS: VIOLINAIRES + CARLTON COLEMAN + THE WILLIAM SINGERS

The Violinaires: Groovin’ With Jesus
Put Your Hand in the Hand
From Groovin’ With Jesus (197?)

One of the best known gospel funk songs out there is the appropriate titled “Groovin’ With Jesus” by the venerable Violinaires. This Detroit-founded group has a long, deep history – Wilson Pickett was once a member and the Rolling Stones apparently wrote for them. This comes out of their early ’70s catalog (and if you’ve ever perused the gospel section at a record store, you know how prolific they could be) and they’re very clearly experimenting with […]

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