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Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal
1. Jesus Rhapsody, Pt. 1 - Preacher & The Saints
2. Bad Situation - 5 Spiritual Tones
3. God Been Good to Me - Mighty Walker Brothers
4. I Call Him - Masonic Wonders
5. I Thank the Lord - Mighty Voices Of Wonder
6. O Yes My Lord - Voices Of Conquest
7. Jesus Will Help Me - Gospel Comforters
8. God Will Dry My Weeping Eyes - Horace Family
9. Is There Any Love - Trevor Dandy
10. Heaven on Their Minds - Sam Taylor
11. We Don't Love Enough - The Triumphs
12. That's Enough - Brother John Witherspoon
13. God Is All Over Me - Shackleford Singers
14. Poor Wayfaring Stranger, A - Cliff Gober
15. Childhood Days - Universal Jubileers
16. This Old World Is Going Down - Modulations
17. Look Where He Brought Us - Apostles Of Music
18. Thoughs Were the Days - LaVice & Company
Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 010
Tom Lunt (Reissue); Rob Sevier (Reissue); Ken Shipley (Reissue)
Liner Note Authors: Tom Lunt; Rob Sevier; Ken Shipley.
As the liner notes explain, "gospel funk...as a genre...just barely exists, a product of years spent sifting through bland 45s and LPs, searching for a few bars of God on the good foot." In other words, the tracks brought together on this fun but slightly bewildering compilation are true obscurities: some are recordings by long-forgotten bands that played a particularly funky brand of gospel music; others are incidental gospel recordings by bands whose primary concern was the funk rather than the good word. As you might expect, the program is a bit uneven and the sound quality is even more so. "God Is All Over Me," by the Shackleford Singers, is one of the album's strongest songs; unfortunately, it sounds like it was recorded in a very large and rusty tin can. "I Thank the Lord," by the Mighty Voices of Wonder, features better sound -- but only one chord, which makes for a rather tedious song. The album's high point is Cliff Gober's brilliant funk arrangement of the traditional song "Poor Wayfaring Stranger" complete with horns and a string section; the album's most powerful groove is provided by the Modulations' "This Old World Is Going Down," but that track also provides what may be the album's most atrocious production value. You want an album like this to be more than a curiosity, to provide more moments of sheer musical pleasure. Hit and miss as it is, this one does provide some great listening, and at its worst it's still a genuinely fascinating curiosity. ~ Rick Anderson
Vibe (p.176) - "[With] secular-sounding DIY garage funk; psychedelic soul lullabies about the coming apocalypse; and even a firm, sprit-possessed cover of 'Heaven on Their Minds'..."
No Depression (p.78) - "[A] set of gospel-fueled entreaties rolling forth from delectably incessant grooves."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.118) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he intensity of feeling never falters..."
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