Thursday, March 25, 2010

The Marion Gaines Singers - This Too Is Gospel

If the title suggests to you that this is something way-out I'm afraid you're going to be a little disappointed. Most of this is fully recognizable gospel. But it must be FUNK too, because there's a wah-wah pedal sometimes. And you know what, those funk leanings are actually pretty cool. In fact, there's a lot of variety on here, and some of it is very well executed, particularly on the first half of the album.

For instance, there's this piano jammer, If You Need A Friend

and the proud You Can't Stop Me Now

Those are my two favorite cuts. Really, none of this is out of keeping with what I've heard on the Gospel Truth label, but I LIKE that stuff.

So here's where you go

Monday, March 15, 2010

Hightower Bros. Singers - Finally Made It In \ Oh Lord Save Me

Yes, this is how I want to kickoff a new blog. Barbershop rhythms and screamin' females (that is female, right?) from 1960. From what I can tell this is the only 45 from the Hightower Brothers singers, though the Hightower Brothers themselves were decently prolific.

Finally Made It In

Oh Lord Save Me

I have noticed that there's an out of print "best of Hightower Brothers" CD with these two songs right at the front. Anybody know if it's the same version