The Fabulous Luckett Brothers - Heaven Is God's Throne (re-issue)

Published Monday 23rd September 2013
The Fabulous Luckett Brothers - Heaven Is God's Throne (re-issue)
The Fabulous Luckett Brothers - Heaven Is God's Throne (re-issue)

STYLE: Gospel
RATING 6 6 6 6 6 6
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 142791-20940
LABEL: Henry Stone Music HSM50782

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

The Fabulous Luckett Brothers were never a quartet (careful with that word - the Lucketts were eight blood brothers) destined to find gospel music fame and fortune. But then the group, originally from Mississippi, were a functioning unit in the '70s, long after most of the church-going audience had moved away from the fiery exhortations of the Clouds, the Swans, et al to newer, more sophisticated forms of gospel. The Luckett Brothers recorded these tracks for Henry Stone's Gospel Roots label but their offerings are a long way from Stone's 'Miami Sound' hits like KC, George McCrae, etc. Rather, the Lucketts stuck to the sounds and rhythms of the classic quartets, with a rasping and a hollering lead voice, his brothers making with the answering refrains, and songs that stayed close to the theme of how grateful they are for what the Lord had done. The group's organiser the Rev L C Luckett wrote several of the songs here and most are jaunty hand-clappers that sound like thousands of others from gospel's golden age. In fact, it's the lack of really distinctive material which stops this album from reaching the heights despite the rasping soul power of Rev Luckett and the other lead singers Eddie Luckett and Rev Arthur Orr. It's good that HSM re-issued this on CD (though a sleevenote would have improved the package). But really this is for old time gospel completists only.

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