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Thursday, October 1, 2020

Bible & Tire Recording Co. : The Last Shall Be First: The JCR Record Story, Volume 1 - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, The Last Shall Be First: The JCR Record Story, Volume 1 and it's powerful. Opening with The Calvary Nightingales performing Keep On Pushing this release is off to a terrific start. Using that basic southern soul platform with a strong front male lead vocalist, solid backing vocals, and rhythm guitar, this track will have you groovin. One of my favorite tracks on the release is Father, Guide Me, by The Pilgrimairs and it's rolling "James Brown" feel. Excellent! The Johnson Sisters has another great contribution in You Can't Hurry God with it's driving beat and thick powerful lead and full backing vocals over organ and drums. Just Over The Hill is another potent soul track from The Spiritual Harmonizers. Opening in 3/4 time the track is squeezed for every drop of soul. Then switching to 4/4, the track is rocking. Very cool. The Seven Souls deliver I Want To Move A Little Higher a great track with firm harmony singing. You just can't beat the combination of soul and gospel. Very nice. Bluesy, What A Meeting by The Vigil Lights of Holly Springs is certainly one of my favorites on the release with super vocal work, a firm bass line and tight drums and piano. Excellent! Another powerful blues influenced track, Sitting Down, by The Stars of Faith will really get you moving with it's rolling rhythm guitar riff and tight drum beat under stirring vocal lead and backing vocals. Wrapping the release is an excellent gospel rocker, Sinner Man (What You Gonna Do) performed by The Bible Tones. The release has 17 tracks and they are all strong. This is the second Bible & Tire Recording Company release that I have had the privilege to review and they are both terrific. (I also love the name of the company by the way). These are recordings from the 70's and it's terrific that they are being brought forward for a new audience. These are must haves!

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