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A Stranger I May Be : Savoy Gospel 1954 - 1986 (3 CD Set)

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A Stranger I May Be : Savoy Gospel 1954 - 1986 (3 CD Set)
A Stranger I May Be : Savoy Gospel 1954 - 1986 (3 CD Set)


An extensive, sumptuous survey of surely the mightiest Gospel label of them all. Sixty-one gems of stomping, rollicking, desolate, ravishing gospel music, intermingling with soul, blues, doo-wop, jazz, r&b, disco and boogie. Covering 1954-1966, the first disc is infused and incandescent with the hurting, surging indignation of the Civil Rights movement. Twenty-four heart-stopping scorchers by giants like the Staple Singers and Jimmy Scott, alongside less celebrated names like the Harmonising Five of Burlington, North Carolina, and teen-group the North Philadelphia Juniors, culminating triumphantly with slamming, sanctified versions of Hit The Road Jack and Wade In The Water. The second disc presents sublime crossings of gospel with the soul, funk and jazz of the Black Power era. Twenty rapturous cuts dot dazzlingly between Muscle Shoals soul, screwed breakbeat, Mizells-style fusion, disco and proto-house. Triumphant re-workings of Sly Stone, Donny Hathaway and Herbie Hancocks Head Hunters will have listeners throwing their pew cushions into the air. The third disc selects fierce funk, rapturous soul and transcendent disco and boogie, loaded with roaring choirs, rocking horns and popping bass guitars, super-charged with celebration and affirmativeness, from the years leading up to Savoys acquisition by Malaco. Drawn from nigh-impossible-to-find 78s, sevens, twelves and LPs, hardly any of these recordings perhaps none have been reissued since their first release. The third disc opens with a stupendous onslaught by Edith Moreno which only appeared as a tiny handful of blank-label promos. Presented as a sixty-page mini-book, perfect-bound, with CDs suspended in card sleeves; beautifully designed, with stunning, rare photographs and original Savoy artwork. Sound restoration and mastering were done at Abbey Road. Co-curated by Greg Belson, compiler of Divine Disco; with deep, extensive notes by Robert Marovich, author of A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music (University of Illinois), and host of the award-winning radio show Gospel Memories.


  1. Name
  2. Famous Ward Singers - I'm Getting Richer
  3. The Harmonizing Five - I Don't Need Nobody But The Lord
  4. The Sensational Six - Let Freedom Ring
  5. The Gospel Harmonettes Specials - How Much More
  6. The Christones - Lord, It's Me
  7. The Staple Singers - Low Is The Way
  8. Swindell Brothers - Trouble Of Mine
  9. The Roberta Martin Singers - I'm Glad I'm A Witness For My Lord
  10. Jimmy Scott - Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
  11. Shirley Caesar And The Caravans - He First Loved Me
  12. The Blind Boys of Alabama - On Some Day
  13. The Hightower Brothers - He That Believed
  14. North Philadelphia Juniors - There's Something Within Me
  15. The Selah Singers - The Wicked Race
  16. The Ward Singers - Let The Train Roll Easy
  17. The Stars of Faith - Mean Old World
  18. Marion Williams - Get Your Business Right
  19. The Gospel Cavaliers - Are You Listening
  20. The Caravans - Mercy
  21. Eddie Williams and the Crusaders - They Won't Believe In Me
  22. The Davis Sisters - Earnestly Praying
  23. The Gospel Chimes - My Jesus Love Just Bubbles Over
  24. The Angelic Gospel Choir - It's The Holy Ghost
  25. The Angelic Choir - Wade In The Water
  26. The Artistic Sounds - Give It Up
  27. The Holy Lights of Baltimore, MD -  I'll Be Satisfied
  28. The Swan Silvertones - Trust iI God
  29. Gene Martin - A Little Bit Of Faith
  30. Myrna Summers - Have A Talk With God
  31. James Cleveland And The Southern California Community Choir - I Want To Thank You Master
  32. Betty Hollins - What A Time (When All God's Children Get Together)
  33. The Metro Tones - Get Together
  34. The World Wonders - He Made A Way
  35. The Brooklyn Skyways - Dark Clouds
  36. Sister Ida Maxey - Do Lord
  37. The Thornes Trio - You Don't Love God
  38. Mildred Clark And The Melody-Aires - Hold On, I'm Coming
  39. The Highway Q.C.s - If You Fail, Try Again
  40. The Gospelaires Of Dayton, Ohio - What Will Tomorrow Bring
  41. The Holy Lights Of Baltimore, MD - Keep On Singing
  42. The Exciting Supreme Highlights - Drowning In The Sea of Sin
  43. James Moore - I Thank You Master
  44. Prof. Charles Taylor And The Charles Taylor Singers - Been Good To Me
  45. The Brockington Ensemble - God Is God (He Won't Change)
  46. Edith Moreno - Get Ready For Judgement Day
  47. World Wonders - The Cost of Living (Is Very High)
  48. The Helen Hollins Singers - He Gave It To Me
  49. Solomon Burke - I Know He Lives In Me
  50. The Gospelaires Of Dayton Ohio - God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
  51. Genobia Jeter - Things _Have Got To Get Better
  52. The Lady Lois Snead With The Interdemoninational Mass Choir of Atlanta, GA - I Found Out What You Mean To Me
  53. Charisma - Protected
  54. The Stan Lee Revue - Make Every Day Count
  55. The Sensational Williams Brothers - Sunday
  56. The Holy Lights Of Baltimore, MD - It's Getting Late
  57. The 4th Of May - Pass It On
  58. The World Wonders Of Birmingham, ALA - Ain t It Good To be Here
  59. James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers - Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere
  60. The Hollywood Stars - Come On Jesus
  61. The Steele Family - Show His Love
  62. Glenn Jones And The Modulations - It's All Right

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