The Great Gospel Stars is record long considered to be a rare find. This album holds the distinction of being the first album released on the Tamla/Motown label in 1961. Upon its release it did not make any major splashes in terms of sale but was offered as a reliable perennial seller in the niche market of gospel music. Since its release decades ago, it has become a holy grail of Motown collectors, a rarity that would find collectors paying upwards to a $1000 for an original vinyl copy. Reviewers have often rated the Gospel Stars as a mildly interesting example of late 50s black gospel music, more notable for its distinction as the very first Motown album. However, I actually think its a great record filled with wonderful vocals and harmonies and great gospel songs. These are some strong churchified women putting their stamp on some solid classic gospel tunes. It actually holds up very nicely. Think Mahalia jackson, or early Clara Ward Singers and then you can approximate what's on offer here. Nonetheless thank God for the expiration of the copyright on this because it is now available for consumption at a bargain basement price. This label has been taking advantage of the copyright lapse and has been putting out ooddles of pre-1960 recordings. Quality has generally varied as the recordings are made from vinyl copies. This here happens to be a good reproduction and worth the effort. Buy it, put it on and be transported to a less complicated time and get in touch with your devotional side.