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The Gospel Truth: The Gospel Soul And Funk Of Stax Records CD

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  • Audio CD (30 Aug. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: BGP/Ace
  • ASIN: B003V8ZNM8
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. SON OF THE DEACON - Sons Of Truth
  2. SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A MOTHERLESS CHILD - Clarence Smith
  3. DO YOUR THING - Marion Gaines
  4. WE'RE GONNA HAVE A GOOD TIME - Jacqui Verdell
  5. BRAND NEW DAY - Staples Singers
  6. TALK THAT TALK (PT1) - Rance Allen
  7. I GOT THE VIBES - Joshie Jo Armstead
  8. YOU NEED A FRIEND - Annette Thomas
  9. (THERE'S GONNA BE A ) SHOWDOWN - Rance Allen
  10. LET ME COME HOME - Howard Lemon Singers
  11. IT WILL SOON BE OVER - Marion Gaines
  12. I DON'T KNOW WHERE WE ARE HEADING - Sons Of Truth
  13. GOT TO GET A MOVE ON - Louise McCord
  14. WHEN WILL WE BE PAID - Staple Singers
  15. IF THE SHOE FITS, WEAR IT - 21st Century
  16. KEEP MY BABY WARM / SATISFIED - Charles May & Annette Thomas
  17. I JUST KEEP ON TRYING - Clarence Smith
  18. STUMBLIN BLOCKS AND STEPPIN STONES - Joshie Jo Armstead
  19. YOU CAN'T STOP ME NOW - Marion Gaines
  20. NAME THE MISSING WORD - Staple Singers

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* By the 1970s gospel music was at a crossroads. Rhythm and blues had moved into soul, and the old-timey feel of much of gospel was alienating younger audiences. It fought back by adapting the sounds of contemporary funk and soul to their songs of devotion, and in recent years these records have become some of the hottest items amongst collectors. However until now the Stax Organisation and its Gospel Truth label had been largely ignored.

* Started by label boss Al Bell and run by veteran black music radio promotions man Dave Clark, it aimed to capitalise on the success Bell had had with the Staples Singers, the gospel group becoming a pop sensation on the main Stax label. The idea was that the Gospel Truth label would take existing and new gospel acts and give them the Stax makeover. The very best soul musicians in the world would take time out from cutting hits to create the music for a series of gospel soul and funk masterpieces.

* This compilation tells the story of Stax's move into the gospel field by choosing the best of the output. From the Staple Singers' glorious template via the inspired and unique voice of Rance Allen, the mainstay of the Gospel Truth label itself. We have cuts from the sought-after and super-rare Sons Of Truth LP, and Joshie Joe Armstead's `You Got The Vibes', a UK northern soul monster almost from the day it was released.

* The 20 tracks reflect the sound of popular black American music of the day - from the out and out funk of Clarence Smith, through the group soul harmonies of 21st Century to the proto-disco sound of the Howard Lemon Singers. If the connection with God sometimes seems tenuous, it was all part of the plan to bring you to Him by stealth...

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This cleverly put together set of 20 tracks is a tribute to one man - Alvertis Isbell - or Al Bell to you and I. Bell joined Stax Records in 1965 straight from two successful Radio shows in Washington and Memphis and would eventually own the label several years later. He had a passion for Gospel and its message of love and racial integration and saw the fusion of Soul and Gospel Music as an obvious and natural progression. After a few years of aborted attempts with 'Chalice' Records, he struck pop and message gold by signing The Staple Singers in the late Sixties. With them in tow and more label successes following, he formed the Stax offshoot label 'Gospel Truth' for the Seventies - which is where this CD compilation comes in...

Most of "The Gospel Truth" is culled from that label's rare and lesser-seen album catalogue issued between 1971 and 1976 (later edited down to just 'Truth' Records). There's a lot of here that's new to CD, so let's get to the details first...

UK released 30 August 2010 - "The Gospel Truth" on Ace/Beat Goes Public CDBGP 222 breaks down as follows (78:01 minutes):

1. Son Of The Deacon - THE SONS OF TRUTH (from the 1973 USA LP "A Message From The Ghetto" on Gospel Truth GTS-2714)
2. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child - CLARENCE SMITH (from the 1973 USA LP "Whatever Happened To Love" on Gospel Truth GTS-2716)
3. Do Your Thing - THE MARION GAINES SINGERS (from the 1972 USA LP "This Too Is Gospel" on Gospel Truth GTS-2713)
4. We're Gonna Have A Good Time - JACQUI VERDELL (1972 USA 7" single on Gospel Truth GTA-1211, A-side)
5. Brand New Day (Theme From The United Artists Motion Picture "The Landlord") - THE STAPLE SINGERS (1970 USA 7" single on Stax STA-0074, A-Side)
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being a long time collector of stax records on cd this looked very interesting.
it is an enjoyable listen but probably more suited to a sister act style party.
any churches that want to sound cool should play this music.
it may not convince many new converts but it will keep the existing ones happy.
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