4CD box set housed in a deluxe gatefold jacket. Available December 10th.
“You’re not likely to hear more heavenly singing anywhere.” – SPIN (Best Reissues of 2013)
“The gospel label Nashboro, based in Nashville, was the parent company of Excello, the more famous blues label — known for idiosyncratic, echoey sessions by Slim Harpo and Otis Spann, among others, that have traveled far and wide. But most of the Southern singers on Nashboro, including Brother Joe May and the Fairfield Four, were putting God first, working for steady local radio play and sales directly through the Nashville record store run by Nashboro’s owner, Ernest Young. In the early years these are tight and quiet sessions — brushed drums under close-harmony groups — until the late ’50s, when gospel’s relationship with hotter R&B grows closer: You hear where early James Brown comes from in the lead vocalist of the Kindly Shepherds’ “Take the Lord With You,” from 1958, and Sister Lucille Barbee’s “Let the Church Roll On,” from 1960, could have been conceived by Bo Diddley. By the late ’60s to the ’80s, Nashboro made gospel as modest but excellent soul music: no more, no less.” – The New York Times, 11/29