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Local Customs: Downriver Revival
0. DISC 1:
1. There's A Light - Shirley Ann Lee
2. Sinner Man - Gospel Supremes
3. Peace On Earth - Coleman Family
4. Walk With Me - Calvin Cooke
5. I Shall No Be Moved - Shirley Ann Lee
6. Take Care Of Us - Revelations
7. Untitled Jam - Bobby Cooke
8. Foot Stumping (Alternate) - Organics
9. While You Were Gone - Combinations
10. Wade In The Water - Apostles Of Music
11. Heaven - Deliverance Echoes
12. On The Way - Bobby Cooke
13. How Can I Lose - Shirley Ann Lee
14. Running Mod - Young Generation
15. Untitled - Burgess Band
16. Riding High - Bobby Cooke
17. Every Year Carries A Number - Mighty Voices Of Wonder
18. Please Accept My Prayer - Shirley Ann Lee
19. What Happens To People - Calvin Cooke
20. People Has It Hard - Coleman Family
21. Round N' Round - Junior Mays Group
22. He Never Failed - Pilgrim Wonders
23. He'll Make A Way - Mighty Walker Brothers
24. Power Of God, The - Voices Of Deliverance
0. DISC 2:
Tom Lunt (Reissue); Rob Sevier (Reissue); Ken Shipley (Reissue); Michael Slaboch (Reissue)
A fascinating look at boutique recording in the Downriver region of blue-collar suburban Detroit during the late 1960s/early '70s, DOWNRIVER REVIVAL is, like many other Numero Group releases, as much about social and cultural history as it is actual music. Born out of a local pentecostal church, Double U Sound and its proprietor Felton Williams recorded anyone and everyone who walked through their doors. And while the set primarily focuses on the gospel music Williams released on his Revival label, there are also doses of Nuggets-style garage (Young Generation's "Running Mod"), sizzling slow-burn funk (The Explosions' "On the Way," which features a young James "Blood" Ulmer on guitar), and lo-fi doo-wop ("Round N' Round" by the Junior Mays Group).
Still, Williams's devotional recordings are the true stand-outs here. The deeply soulful yet exquisitely rough vocal talents of artists such as Calvin Cooke and the brilliant Shirley Ann Lee could alone carry this set, yet it's the enigmatic production touches that give these performances a warm homegrown tone and push them into their own distinctive realm. Williams's steel guitar, in particular, guides many of these songs. It's played with no real connection to the instrument's usage in any conventional context, and the mood it helps create illustrates both the Downriver community's (and by default Double U's) relative isolation and its artists' quest to create an expansive and downright heavenly noise.
Paste (magazine) (p.69) - "An absolute sweetness and primitive clarity pervades the set. Including the earliest sides of sacred-steel master Calvin Cooke, there are literally hundreds of surprises..."
Record Collector (magazine) (p.90) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Voices Of Deliverance and The Gospel Supremes testify loud and proud on 1082's 'The Power Of God' and 1967's 'Sinner Man' respectively..."
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