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VARIOUS ARTISTS Collectables 5312 Gotham Gospel, Vol. 1 ● CD $11.98
CD reissue of Krazy Kat 812. Gotham Records was an immensely important label in gospel recording in the 50s and although much of their gospel holding were sold off there is enough left in the vaults to produce a series of fine album of which this is the first. This album features 14 sides by 6 different quartets recorded between 1949 and 1958, much of it probably recorded by Detroit's indefatigable Joe Von Battle and most of it previously unissued. There are three intense sides by the most well known group here The Violinaires. There is one excellent acapella track by The National Clouds Of Joy and three fine tracks from 1958 by the Zion Harmonizers from Detroit. Side two is all Detroit groups and includes two lovely sides by The Mid-South Singers. The rest of side two features an unknown female group and an unknown male group - both very good but not exceptional. Excellent sound and informative notes by British gospel expert and discographer Bob Laughton. (FS)
MID-SOUTH SINGERS: God Can Use You/ I'll Meet You In The Morning/ THE NATIONAL CLOUDS OF JOY: Don't Cry/ UNKNOWN DETROIT FEMALE GROUP: Are You Ready?/ UNKNOWN DETROIT MALE GROUP: Come On Over Here/ UNKNOWN DETROIT FEMALE GROUP: Draw Me Nearer/ UNKNOWN DETROIT MALE GROUP: I Must Tell Jesus/ Lonesome For Mother's Prayer/ THE VIOLINAIRES: My Work Will Be Done/ Sign Of Judgement/ Someone Is Waiting For Me/ THE ZION HARMONIZERS: Every Day Will Be Sunday/ The Other Shore/ Working The Road

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Specialty 7206 Greatest Gospel Gems ● CD $15.98
This mixed collection of Specialty gospel artists was first reissued as Specialty albums 2144 and 2145, and includes many gems not found on the single artist collections. Major performances include Sam Cooke's divine rendition of Last Mile Of The Way backed by the inimitable Soul Stirrers, Alex Bradford's enormously successful Too Close To Heaven from 1952, Paul Owens' church stompin' My Rock backed by The Swan Silvertones, Bob Crutchers' morbidly spine-chilling Prayer For The Doomed backed by The Chosen Gospel Singers, and Sister Wynona Carr's enormously popular Life Is A Ball Game. The legendary Rebert H. Harris and Paul Foster Sr. battle it out on one of 3 versions of By And By supported by The Soul Stirrers. Johnnie Taylor wails and moans on The Love Of God, and Dorothy Love Coates tears it up on I'm Sealed. Other luminaries include Bro. Joe May, Pilgrim Travelers, Original 5 Blind Boys Of Alabama, Robert Anderson, Meditation Singers, and the late Rev. James Cleveland. Excellent introductory CD to prime post-war gospel material.  (OLN)

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS MCA Special Products MCAD 20963 Greatest Gospel Groups ● CD $7.98
10 tracks from The Dixie Hummingbirds, Willie Banks & The Messengers, The Winans, Pilgrim Jubilee Singers, Mighty Clouds Of Joy and others.

 
VARIOUS ARTISTS Delmark 760 On The Battlefield ● CD $14.98
25 tracks, 70 mins, highly recommended
Terrific collection of gospel quartet singing recorded for Chicago labels J.O.B. and United between 1952 and 1954 - a good deal of it previously unissued. Joiner's Five Trumpets, an acapella group, are particularly fine on their four sides with soulful leads and wonderful buildups. The Veteran Singers are featured on six tracks and are a fine group who were formed before World War II - they are a frily restrained group and are backed by piano. There are eight songs by the Southern Tornados who were thought to include members of the Veteran Singers and their approach is a little more intense than that of the Veterans and finally seven cuts, all of them unissued by the Spiritulaires from South Carolina including demos cut at a radio station in South Carolina and songs recorded in United studios in Chicago. In spite of the obscurity of the performers and the fact that very little was actually issued the musical standard is very high. Excellent sound and informative notes by Opal Louis Nations. (FS)

 

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