Various Artists

A Stranger I May Be: Savoy Gospel 1954-1966 (HJRLP079)

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A Stranger I May Be: Savoy Gospel 1954-1966

Various Artists

Honest Jons


LPS 169000




LP 24,78 €



The first of three volumes surveying surely the mightiest Gospel label of them all. Stomping, rollicking gospel music, intermingling with raw soul, searing blues, hard-rocking doo-wop and jazz, and storming R&B. Infused and incandescent with the hurting, surging indignation of the Civil Rights movement, here are twenty-four precious scorchers by giants like the Staple Singers and Jimmy Scott, alongside devastating sides by less celebrated names like the Harmonizing Five of Burlington, North Carolina, and teen-group the North Philadelphia Juniors, culminating triumphantly with slamming, sanctified versions of "Hit The Road Jack" and "Wade In The Water".

Drawn from nigh-impossible-to-find 78s, sevens and LPs, hardly any of these recordings have been reissued since their first release. Presented in a gatefold sleeve, with full-size booklet; beautifully designed, with stunning, rare photographs and original Savoy artwork. Sound restoration and mastering at Abbey Road; pressed at Pallas.


  • SIDE A
  • A1. Famous Ward Singers ..... I'm Getting Richer
  • A2. The Harmonizing Five ..... I Don't Need Nobody But The Lord
  • A3. The Sensational Six ..... Let Freedom Ring
  • A4. The Gospel Harmonettes Specials ..... How Much More
  • A5. The Christones ..... Lord, It's Me
  • A6. The Staple Singers ..... Low Is The Way
  • SIDE B
  • B1. Swindell Brothers ..... Trouble Of Mine
  • B2. The Roberta Martin Singers ..... I'm Glad I'm A Witness For My Lord
  • B3. Jimmy Scott ..... Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
  • B4. Shirley Caesar & The Caravans ..... He First Loved Me
  • B5. The Blind Boys Of Alabama ..... On Some Day
  • B6. The Hightower Brothers ..... He That Believed
  • SIDE C
  • C1. North Philadelphia Juniors ..... There's Something Within Me
  • C2. The Selah Singers ..... The Wicked Race
  • C3. The Ward Singers ..... Let The Train Roll Easy
  • C4. The Stars Of Faith ..... Mean Old World
  • C5. Marion Williams ..... Get Your Business Right
  • C6. The Gospel Cavaliers ..... Are You Listening
  • SIDE D
  • D1. The Caravans ..... Mercy
  • D2. Eddie Williams & The Crusaders ..... They Won't Believe Me
  • D3. The Davis Sisters ..... Earnestly Praying
  • D4. The Gospel Chimes ..... My Jesus Love Just Bubbles Over
  • D5. The Angelic Gospel Choir ..... It's The Holy Ghost
  • D6. The Angelic Choir ..... Wade In The Water