(As part of our 5th year anniversary, we’re revisiting 20 key songs. This post was originally published on August 28, 2006).

Mighty Voices of Wonder: I Thank the Lord
From 7″ (Revival, 197?). Also on Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal

(New comments:) On my recent NY trip, I picked this 7″ up at Big City and not only did it mean the end of a nearly three year wait, the timing couldn’t have been better.

To explain: this was the one single off the excellent Good God! compilation I really wanted; I just loved the sound of it and at the time, it didn’t even dawn on me that the Mighty Voices of Wonder were covering Sam and Dave’s big hit, “I Thank You.” I just thought it was a sick gospel funk tune with a bangin’ intro. Turns out…it’s a cover (so you know that’ll score bonus points with me).

But more recently, I also realized that this 7″ was recored at Double U Studios in Ecorse, MI, the focus of that incredible Downriver Revival comp I reviewed for NPR the other month. That just made the single all the more special and when I flipped through a stack of 45s at Big City and saw it sitting there, I just stared for a moment to make sure it really was it and then promptly said: I’ll take this.