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Monday, September 15, 2014

Big Legal Mess release: The Soul of Designer Records - New Release review

I just received the newest release, The Soul Of Designer Records from Big Legal Mess and to say that it is terrific doesn't really do it justice! Packaged like an old 33rpm record (only nicer) this 4 cd set containing over 100 tracks is really off of the hook. Featuring bands such as The Gospel Songbirds, The Dynamic Hughes Singers, The Melody Kings, Twilight Singers, Sensational Family Singers, The Shaw Singers, Soul Singers of Detroit, MI; Echoes of Glory, Alberta Powell, Laura Bradley & the Famous South Land Singers, Jubilee Hummingbirds, The Fantastic Alphonzo Thomas, E.L. Burtis, O'Neal & The Dean Brothers, The Mighty Blytheville Aires, Harps of David, Golden Five, Golden Travelers, Rev. Leon Hamner and Holy City Travelers, Evelyn McGlown & George Shields, The Southland Singers, Sensational Spirit Consolators, The Memphis Spiritual Four, The Silver Leaf Harmonizers, Joe Townsend, Canton Spirituals Silver trumpets, Barnes Singers, of Earl, AR; Rev. Houston Potts Jr. & Sister Mary Pride, Christian All Stars of Akron, OH; Genessee Gospel Travelers, The Mosby Singers of East St. Louis, Illinois and the Wandering Five. The liner notes, a full three pages of narration of the history of how these recordings came about by Michael Hurtt. Another 4 pages of narration is dedicated to Style Wooten who was the man behind the recordings, an additional three pages to band bios and a number of really cool large photos of these talented groups. These recordings are so raw and so alive that it's incredible that it has surfaced as a singular package. I will just say if you have ever loved primitive blues, funk, boogaloo, soul, R&B or spiritual music; unless you are just a taster... you will really love this. I'm sorry that I can't go into some type of description on a song by song basis but this is just great stuff. Each track different from the next. Find a copy, put the music on, kick back and groove!  

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