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Greg Belson's Divine Funk

    Following on from the success of ‘Greg Belson’s Divine Disco’ series Greg Belson and Cultures of Soul team up again to explore the world of Gospel Funk. Belson is one of the world's leading collectors and DJs of gospel music. You hold in your hands a collection of some of the rarest Gospel funk records from Belson’s amazing collection featuring everything from the laid back breakbeat laced “I Don’t Want to Be Alone" by Allen Gauff Jr to the high octane and socially-on-point take of the Gospel classic ‘This Little Light Of Mine’ by the Gospel Ambassadors to drum break funk of the Wearyland Singers ‘If You See Me Doing Wrong” to the sublime soulfulness of Zella Jackson’s “Days Are Just Like People." Without a doubt though, all of the artists included in this compilation, believed in themselves, the message, and the direction of the Gospel Funk intensity you hear within these grooves. Gettin’ on the Good Foot for God? Listen and decide for yourselves!

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. The Chariettes Gospel Singers - Nobody But Jesus
    A2. Allen Gauff Jr - I Don't Want To Be Alone
    A3. The Christian Harmonizers - Troubles Of The World
    A4. The Wearyland Singers - If You See Me Doing Wrong
    A5. Gospel Travelers - Jesus Is Watching You
    A6. Pearl Farano And The High Lites Of Joy - Who's Your Boss
    B1. Gospel Ambassadors - This Little Light Of Mine
    B2. Vocal Aires - Save A Seat For Me
    B3. Birmingham Travelers - Call Me Answer (feat. Henry Burton)
    B4. Zella Jackson - Days Are Just Like People
    B5. The Original Christian Harmonizers - Blackman Keep Doing Your Thing
    B6. Preacherman Isadore Womack - I’ve Got Power In My Mind 

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    Greg Belson’s Divine Disco Volume Two: Obscure Gospel Disco (1979-1987)

      Although gospel and disco music seem like polar opposites—one is secular while the other has embraced a hedonistic culture—the marriage of the two genres has birthed the uplifting spirituality and dance floor thump found in gospel disco. By the mid-'70s many established and independent gospel artists started creating records with a tight four-on-the-floor beat that touched both churchgoers as well as patrons of the drug-fueled establishments of the '70s. Cultures of Soul Records is proud to present the second installment of Greg Belson's Divine Disco. Belson is one of the world's leading authorities on the funky gospel sound; for this collection he dug deep into his crates to undercover the rarest independent and private press gospel disco records ever recorded. Greg Belson's Divine Disco sound is one that's been heard around the world from his DJ appearances at Glastonbury's NYC Donwlow stage to LA's Funky Sole to soul nights across Europe. Many tracks are under the radar or recently discovered such as Harrison Jones - On that Other Shore, Converters, I've Been Converted and the super limited self-released 45 by Mr Jesse R. McGuire – Jesus Is On the Mainline. Only 50 copies were ever pressed. This volume even includes gospel disco from the UK with Paradise's brilliant "Keep the Fire." This compilation also includes remixes and edits by Steve Cobby (who was a member of Fila Brazillia) and the Divine Situation production duo of Greg Belson and Paulo Fulci. 

      TRACK LISTING

      Converters - I've Been Converted
      Harrison Jones - On That Other Shore
      Wisdom – Change
      Johnson Family Gospel Singers – Imitations
      Calvin B. Rhone - I Believe
      Psalms - Praise The Lord
      Mr. Jesse R. McGuire – Jesus Is On The Mainline
      Paradise - Keep The Fire
      Wisdom - Let The Lord Come In Your Life
      Prophecy - Take It To The Streets
      New Creation - Ain't No Right Way To Do Wrong
      Calvin B. Rhone - That's How Much He Loves You 
      Harrison Jones & The Voices Of Harmony – On That Other Shore 
      Mr Jesse R. McGuire – Jesus Is On The Mainline (Steve Cobby Remix)

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      Greg Belson’s Divine Disco Volume Two: Obscure Gospel Disco (1979-1987)

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2019 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        Although gospel and disco music seem like polar opposites, one is secular while the other has embraced a hedonistic culture, the marriage of the two genres has birthed the uplifting spirituality and dance floor thump found in gospel disco. By the mid-'70s many established and independent gospel artists started creating records with a tight four-on-the-floor beat that touched both churchgoers as well as patrons of the drug-fueled establishments of the '70s. Cultures of Soul Records is proud to present the second installment of Greg Belson's Divine Disco. Belson is one of the world's leading authorities on the funky gospel sound; for this collection he dug deep into his crates to undercover the rarest independent and private press gospel disco records ever recorded. Greg Belson's Divine Disco sound is one that's been heard around the world from his DJ appearances at Glastonbury's NYC Donwlow stage to LA's Funky Sole to soul nights across Europe. Many tracks are under the radar or recently discovered such as Harrison Jones - On that Other Shore, Converters, I've Been Converted and the super limited self-released 45 by Mr Jesse R. McGuire – Jesus Is On the Mainline. Only 50 copies were ever pressed. This volume even includes gospel disco from the UK with Paradise's brilliant "Keep the Fire." This compilation also includes remixes and edits by Steve Cobby (who was a member of Fila Brazillia) and the Divine Situation production duo of Greg Belson and Paulo Fulci. Tracks : A1. Converters - I've Been Converted A2. Harrison Jones - On That Other Shore A3. Wisdom - Change A4. Johnson Family Gospel Singers – Imitations B1. Calvin B. Rhone - I Believe B2. Psalms - Praise The Lord B3. Mr. Jesse R. McGuire – Jesus Is On The Mainline B4. Paradise - Keep The Fire C1. Wisdom - Let The Lord Come In Your Life C2. Prophecy - Take It To The Streets C3. New Creation - Ain't No Right Way To Do Wrong D1. Calvin B. Rhone - That's How Much He Loves You D2. Harrison Jones & The Voices of Harmony - On That Other Shore (Divine Situation Way Over Yonder Rework) D3. Mr Jesse R. McGuire – Jesus Is On the Mainline (Steve Cobby Remix)

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        Take Us Home: Boston Roots Reggae From 1979-1988

          In the 1970s reggae music burst forth from its birthplace of Jamaica and took over the world. Who would have ever thought that one of the first outposts it captured on its way to global domination would be an unlikely city known mostly for its Brahmin heritage and blue-collar brawlers as well as for violent racial polarization? Boston, Massachusetts was the first region in the US to really 'get' reggae, adopting it as early as 1973 when the city’s huge student population turned the lowbudget Jamaican B-flick 'The Harder They Come' into a midnight cult classic.

          The city would gain a reputation as a key market for any international reggae act trying to gain a foothold in America. But besides being early enthusiasts and advocates for the music, Bostonians would also become bountiful producers of reggae as well, with a network of clubs, singers and musicians coalescing to form an organic Boston roots scene: A scene that would yield acts as varied as Zion Initation (a solid, spiritually-inclined Rasta band), to the I Tones (an ambitious, multiracial group that set a new standard for pop success), and even reaching across New England to embrace the Vermont-based Lambsbread (a latter-day reggae reincarnation of the legendary African-American proto-punk trio Death, later made famous by 2013’s revivalist documentary A Band Called Death').

          Boston-based music journalists / historians Noah Schaffer and Uchenna Ikonne have teamed up with Cultures of Soul to compile an overview of some of the most crucial cuts to emerge from Boston during the height of the reggae boom in the 1980s. Formatted on CD or 2LP set both configurations come with a 28¬page book documenting the rich history of this music scene with in-depth analyses and photos of the reggae artists involved. Almost all of this music is reissued for the very first time, including rare gems such as Danny Tucker’s “Our Father’s Land,” Zion Initation’s “Think About It,” I Tones’ “Love is a Pleasure” and Lambsbread’s “Two Minute Warning” are sure to delight both roots connoisseurs and newcomers to the genre, and open up a time tunnel to a little-known golden age of American reggae, and an even less-known scene that facilitated the expansion of the music into an international phenomenon. 


          STAFF COMMENTS

          Patrick says: If movies are to be believed (and I did do 13 secs of Demographic research) Boston is entirely made up of Irish Americans wearing flat caps and letterman jackets. Improbably, alongside the entire Dropkick Murphies discography, the people of Southie were also America's early adopters of reggae, birthing the wealth of local artists and labels covered here. Wicked smart...

          TRACK LISTING

          A1 I Tones - Love Is A Pleasure
          A2. Danny Tucker - Take Us Home
          A3. Danny Tucker - Changes
          A4. Danny Tucker - Our Father's Land

          B1. Zion Initation - Think About It
          B2. Zion Initation - Jah Light
          B3. Zion Initation - Conquering Lion
          B4. Zion Initation - Burning

          C1. Zion Initation - Got To Love Jah Jah
          C2. Healin' Of The Nations - Without Your Love
          C3. Healin' Of The Nations - Nations, Unite (Peace Across The Land)
          C4. Healin' Of The Nations - Love Is The Answer

          D1. Lambsbread - Country Girl
          D2. Lambsbread - Two Minute Warning
          D3. Lambsbread - International Love
          D4. Errol Strength - Errol's Love
          D5. Errol Strength - Oh What A Saturday Night 


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