V/A / TURN IT LOOSE, AIN’T IT GOOD (Savoy Gospel 1970-1979 )


An extensive, sumptuous survey of surely the mightiest Gospel label of them all, Savoy. Drawn from nigh-impossible-to-find 78s, sevens, twelves and LPs, hardly any of these recordings – perhaps none – have been reissued since their first release. Co-curated by Greg Belson, compiler of Divine Disco; with deep, extensive notes by Robert Marovich, author of A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music (University of Illinois), and host of the award-winning radio show Gospel Memories.

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The second volume brings sublime crossings of gospel with the soul, funk and jazz of the Black Power era. Twenty rapturous cuts dot dazzlingly between Muscle Shoals soul, screwed breakbeat, Mizells-style fusion, disco and proto-house. Triumphant re-workings of Sly Stone, Donny Hathaway and Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters will have listeners throwing their pew cushions into the air.

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