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SOUL JAZZ 0000522

UPC: 5026328305226

Release Date: 4/22/2023


Soul Jazz Records’ new Holy Church of the Ecstatic Soul: Gospel, Funk and Soul at the Crossroads 1971-83 is a one-off limited-edition heavyweight special-edition coloured vinyl pressing + download code exclusively for Record Store Day 2023.

The album draws upon the extensive links between black American gospel music and soul music, showing how the sensibilities of gospel artists such as Shirley Caesar, Dorothy Norwood, Andraé Crouch and others crossed over into secular soul music during this period.

Many of the most successful soul artists – from Aretha Franklin to Al Green, The Staple Singers to Sam Cooke – all drew upon their upbringing in the church for their musical inspiration. This album discusses how important the links between the black church and soul music were in creating soul music and spotlights some of the many important (and also little-known) gospel artists who walked this line between sacred music and soul, funk and disco in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Holy Church of the Ecstatic Soul shows how sacred gospel music was at home with Stevie Wonder, Blaxploitation-style funk and produced music celebrated both in New York’s underground discos (The Paradise Garage, Studio 54, etc) and later sampled by the likes of Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg and Mary J Blige. (This is a 2023 Record Store Day release.)




1Andraé Crouch & The Disciples - Satisfied (3.07)
2Shirley Caesar - Jesus Children Of America (4.19)
3The Meditation Singers - Trouble’s Brewin’  (5.01)
4The Clark Sisters - You Brought The Sunshine (5.49)
5Dorothy Norwood - Let Your Feet Down Easy (2.42)
6Shirley Caesar - Jesus Is Coming (3.50)
7Swan Silvertones - If You Believe Your God Is Dead (3.11)

Disc 2



1The Alvin Darling Ensemble - Is There Anybody Here? (3.24)
2Roscoe Robinson - There’s A Creator (3.10)
3Destiny - Nothing Can Stop Me Now (2.57)
4The Meditation Singers - Good Old Gospel Music (4.32) 
5Keith Barrow - Everything Is Gonna Be Alright (3.07)
6Roscoe Robinson - Elijah (2.33)
7Dyson’s Faces - Till I’ve Got This Feelin’ Of Love (3.45)
8The Violinaires - The Upper Way (3.24)
9Leomia Boyd and The Gospel Music Makers - Higher In Jesus’ Love (2.53)
10Keith Barrow - The Right Road Now (3.06)

Holy Church Of The Ecstatic Soul: A Higher Power Gospel, Funk & Soul (RSD 2023)

SKU: 5026328305226
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