ART RUPE/SPECIALTY RECORDS TRIBUTE 5j) REVIEWS - GOSPEL

Eric LeBlanc-CISTI leblanc@DAO.NRC.CA
Tue Sep 3 19:47:03 EDT 1996


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SPECIALTY RECORDS  ===> visit Web site <www.fantasyjazz.com> for details
 |   ACE RECORDS   ===> visit Web site <www.acerecords.co.uk> for details
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 |    |  * = INCLUDES NON-ART RUPE PRODUCTIONS
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 |    |       ARTIST                         TITLE                              ------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 7014/414  CHOSEN GOSPEL SINGERS       LIFEBOAT
7032/465  MEDITATION SINGERS          GOOD NEWS
7034/467  DETROITERS/GOLDEN ECHOES    OLD TIME RELIGION
7043/481  SALLIE MARTIN SINGERS       THROW OUT THE LIFELINE
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7014/414 contains the (near) complete 1952-1955 sides by The Chosen Gospel
Singers, whoes personel changed every time they entered the studio! The
leads include Edward J. Brumfield (tenor), John Evans (tenor), Bob Crutcher
(baritone), and future soul ballad singer, Lou Rawls! Nine (of the 22
tracks) are acappella. 7032/465 contains Ernestine Rundless' Meditation Singers
(1954,1959) recordings with her daughter, Laura Lee, another future soul
singer. James Cleveland helps out on the 1959 tracks.  7034/467 contains
the complete 1951/52 sessions by The Evangelist Singers (of Detroit)
(moonlighting as The Detroiters), featuring the founding members (Oliver
Green, Leroy Barnes) on leads. The Golden Echoes' 1949 acappella session is
complete, featuring the awesome duet leads of "Little Axe" Broadnax (tenor)
and Paul Foster (baritone). Both would go on and reach fame with The Spirits
Of Memphis (Broadnax) and The Soul Stirrers (Foster).  7043/481 features
Sallie (and her daughter Cora) Martin joined by Brother Joe May, on mostly
unissued 1950-1952 recordings. A long time business partner of Kenneth Morris
- they owned Martin & Morris publishing - Sallie Martin is recognized as the
Mother Of Gospel Music.
                                                   ~ eRIC <LEBLANC@DAO.NRC.CA>

7015/413  ALEX BRADFORD               RAINBOW IN THE SKY
7042/480  ALEX BRADFORD               TOO CLOSE
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Few could out perform Professor Alex Bradford (1927-1978). As a singer-
songwriter-pianist his baritone was as close to blues shouting as gospel music
would allow in the 1950s. born in Alabama, these 1953-1958 sides (accompanied
by the male vocal group The Bradford Specials) contains 28 unissued tracks,
plus guest artists like Bessie Griffin, Sallie Martin and The Stone Temple
Chorale.

                                                   ~ eRIC <LEBLANC@DAO.NRC.CA>




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