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A Stranger I May Be : Savoy Gospel 1954 - 1966 (2LP)

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A Stranger I May Be : Savoy Gospel 1954 - 1966 (2LP)
A Stranger I May Be : Savoy Gospel 1954 - 1966 (2LP)


The first of three volumes surveying surely the mightiest Gospel label of them all. Stomping, rollicking gospel music, intermingling with raw soul, searing blues, hard-rocking doo-wop and jazz, and storming r&b. Infused and incandescent with the hurting, surging indignation of the Civil Rights movement, here are twenty-four precious scorchers by giants like the Staple Singers and Jimmy Scott, alongside devastating sides by 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. Drawn from nigh-impossible-to-find 78s, sevens and LPs, hardly any of these recordings have been reissued since their first release. Presented in a gatefold sleeve, with full-size booklet; beautifully designed, with stunning, rare photographs and original Savoy artwork. Sound restoration and mastering at Abbey Road; pressed at Pallas. 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.


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  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
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