Soul Jazz Records Presents: Holy Church of the Ecstatic Soul - A Higher Power: Gospel, Funk & Soul at the Crossroads 2LP

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Coming October 27, 2023 pre-order your copy today! Orders with both pre-order and in stock items will have all in stock items shipped immediately!

2LP Collection Showcasing the Crossroads Between Gospel & Soul Music!

Originally available as a very limited edition (sold-out) colored vinyl for RSD23 and now available as a black double vinyl edition (gatefold sleeve, bespoke inners, limited-time download code).

Soul Jazz Records' Holy Church of the Ecstatic Soul: Gospel, Funk and Soul at the Crossroads 1971-83 draws upon the extensive links between Black American gospel music and soul music, showing how the sensibilities of gospel artists such as Shirley Caeser, Dorothy Norwood, Andrae 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 Bilge.

Curated with an obvious passion and sense of history, Holy Church of the Ecstatic Soul serves as the perfect intro to the funky spirituals that once served as the foundation for various schools of sound (Philly R&B, disco, soul) over the last 50 years
-The Wire


  • Double LP
  • Gatefold Sleeve
  • Bespoke Inners
  • Limited-Time Download Card


Side One:

  1. Andrae Crouch & The Disciples - Satisfied
  2. Shirley Caesar - Jesus Children Of America
  3. The Meditation Singers - Trouble's Brewin'

Side Two:

  1. The Clark Sisters - You Brought The Sunshine
  2. Dorothy Norwood - Let Your Feet Down Easy
  3. Shirley Caesar - Jesus Is Coming
  4. Swan Silvertones - If You Believe Your God Is Dead

Side Three:

  1. The Alvin Darling Ensemble - Is There Anybody Here ?
  2. Roscoe Robinson - There's A Creator
  3. Destiny - Nothing Can Stop Me Now
  4. The Meditation Singers - Good Old Gospel Music
  5. Keith Barrow - Everything Is Gonna Be Alright

Side Four:

  1. Roscoe Robinson - Elijah
  2. Dyson's Faces - Till I've Got This Feelin' Of Love
  3. The Violinaires - The Upper Way
  4. Leomia Boyd and The Gospel Music Makers - Higher In Jesus' Love
  5. Keith Barrow - The Right Road Now

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