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The Gospel Truth: Complete Singles Collection - Various Artists Vinyl 3LP December 11 2020 Pre-order

Craft Recordings

  • $ 4998


The Gospel Truth: Complete Singles Collection Various Artists Vinyl 3LP

New Vinyl 3LP Compilation Explores the Gospel Music of Stax Records; First-Ever Complete Collection of All 34 Singles from 1972-1974

From the divine gospel of Rev. T.L. Barrett and Rev. Maceo Woods to the cutting-edge message music of Louise McCord and marquee artist Rance Allen, the Gospel Truth catalog exemplifies the dynamic heritage of Stax's influence. Reaching beyond the realms of the black American gospel tradition, the '70s label showcased a diverse collection of talent – including the Indian meditative teachings of Blue Aquarius, the white roots music of the Commanders and Rev. Jesse Jackson's People's Choir of Operation PUSH, who chronicle the Civil Rights struggle.

Established in 1972, Gospel Truth was conceived of by Stax executive Al Bell, who enlisted the help of radio promotions pioneer and songwriter Dave Clark and label staffer Mary Peak Patterson to oversee the formation of the imprint. With a focus on moving the good word out of the pulpit and into the hands of the masses, Gospel Truth was intended to "carry the message of today's gospel to the people on the street," as promotional material for the label's launch touted.

But what separated Gospel Truth from other labels in the genre was that it made its music accessible to everyone. With his sharp eye for talent, Clark paired down-home, traditional gospel musicians with raw, revolutionary artists that adopted the conventions of rock, funk and soul, creating a sound that resonated with a hip, '70s audience.

Craft Recordings honors Gospel Truth Records with a first-ever complete collection of all 34 singles from 1972-1974. The vinyl 3LP compilation also features in-depth liner notes by Memphis-based journalist and NPR radio host, Jared Boyd, who captured new interviews with Stax Executive Al Bell, trailblazing gospel artist Rance Allen and Mary Peak Patterson, who helped establish the label that stands as an essential part of Stax's enduring legacy, marking a landmark moment in gospel music history.

The Gospel Truth: Complete Singles Collection Various Artists Track Listing:

LP1

1. The Rance Allen Group – Just My Imagination (Just My Salvation)
2. The Rance Allen Group – Up Above My Head
3. Terry Lynn Community Choir – His Love Will Always Be
4. Terry Lynn Community Choir – Consider Me
5. Reverend W. Bernard Avant Jr. and The St. James Gospel Choir – Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You (Don't Let The Devil Fool You)
6. Reverend W. Bernard Avant Jr. and The St. James Gospel Choir – God Is What You Let Him Be
7. The Rance Allen Group – There's Gonna Be A Showdown
8. The Rance Allen Group – That Will Be Good Enough For Me
9. Reverend Maceo Woods and The Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir – The Magnificent Sanctuary Band (Marching For The Man)
10. Reverend Maceo Woods and The Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir – Jesus Is Waiting
11. Charles May & Annette May Thomas – Keep My Baby Warm
12. Charles May & Annette May Thomas – Satisfied

LP2

1. Joshie Joe Armstead – Ride Out The Storm
2. Joshie Joe Armstead – I Got The Vibes
3. The Rance Allen Group – I Got To Be Myself
4. The Rance Allen Group – Gonna Make It Alright
5. The 21st Century – Who's Supposed To Be Raising Who
6. The 21st Century – If The Shoe Fits, Wear It
7. The People's Choir Of Operation Push, Reverend Marvin Yancy – I'm A Child Of The King
8. The People's Choir Of Operation Push, Reverend Marvin Yancy – He Included Me
9. Jacqui Verdell – He's Mine
10. Jacqui Verdell – We're Gonna Have A Good Time
11. The Rance Allen Group – I Know A Man Who
12. The Rance Allen Group – Hot Line To Jesus

LP3

1. Blue Aquarius – At The Feet Of The Master
2. Blue Aquarius – Know Him While You Can
3. Joshie Joe Armstead – Stumblin' Blocks, Steppin' Stones (What Took Me So Long)
4. Joshie Jo Armstead – Give A Little Loving
5. Jimmy Jones – Do It Yourself
6. Jimmy Jones – If I Had A Hammer
7. The Rance Allen Group – Be True
8. The Rance Allen Group – We're The Salt Of The Earth
9. Louise McCord – Reflections
10. Louise McCord – There's No Need To Cry


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