VARIOUS - YOU BETTER GET READY : SAVOY GOSPEL 1978 - 1986
Cat. no: HJRLP081
Release Date: 23rd October 2020
The third of three volumes surveying surely the mightiest Gospel label of them all.
Seventeen gems of fierce funk, rapturous soul and transcendent disco and boogie, super-charged with celebration and affirmativeness, loaded with roaring choirs, rocking horns and popping bass guitars, from the years leading up to Savoy’s acquisition by Malaco. Hardly any of these recordings have been reissued since their first release. The stupendous opener by Edith Moreno only appeared as a blank-label promo, in a tiny run.
Presented in a spot-glossed 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. 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.
LP 1: Edith Moreno - Get Ready For Judgement Day / World Wonders - The Cost of Living (Is Very High) / The Helen Hollins Singers - He Gave It To Me / Solomon Burke - I Know He Lives In Me / The Gospelaires Of Dayton Ohio - God Helps Those Who Help Themselves / Genobia Jeter - Things Have Got To Get Better / The Lady Lois Snead with the Interdemoninational Mass Choir of Atlanta, GA - I Found Out What You Mean To Me / Charisma - Protected
LP 2: The Stan Lee Revue - Make Every Day Count / The Sensational Williams Brothers - Sunday / The Holy Lights Of Baltimore, MD - It’s Getting Late / The 4th Of May - Pass It On / The World Wonders Of Birmingham, ALA - Ain’ t It Good To be Here / James Cleveland And The Cleveland Singers - Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere / The Hollywood Stars - Come On Jesus / The Steele Family
- Show His Love / Glenn Jones And The Modulations - It’s All Right