Soul Stirrers ftg R H Harris - Shine On Me

Thursday 1st October 1992
Soul Stirrers ftg R H Harris - Shine On Me
Soul Stirrers ftg R H Harris - Shine On Me

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 11563-CAS1577
LABEL: Specialty SPCD70132
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Some years back I was shelling out serious wedge to buy imported Specialty albums, such was my venera­tion for the classic sides Sam Cooke recorded when he fronted the Soul Stirrers way back when. Now all those classics have been CD'd. But hearteningly Fan­tasy Records, having bought out Specialty Records are doing some serious re-issuing of the other great Soul Stirrers lineup, the early 50s one fronted by R H Harris. Now we get the opportunity to hear the com­plete output from two 1950 sessions. It's a spine-tin­gling experience. For instance, there is the soulfully swooping "By And By" where we get not only the issued version but two alternative takes. Or the much-recorded gospel novelty "Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb" (no, the Woebegone Brothers didn't write it!) Maybe my favourite here is the gaspingly soulful "That Awful Hour". But wherever one track-hops the stark, acappella strains of REAL gospel make for compelling listening.

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