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It's amazing how many great groups from gospel's golden age (1947-1963) have sunk into obscurity today. A case in point is this selection of songs from two of the earliest and best-selling "stomp and wail" gospel artists from the Specialty catalog. The majority of these tracks are spirited, excellent and unreleased. The only caveat is that multiple takes of many songs are included, likely to be of interest to only the most diehard fans.
Both groups demonstrate a strong knack for hard, shouting gospel. The Detroiters, led by enigmatic alto singer Oliver Green, were a rare case in that they performed secular as well as religious material without recrimination from the notoriously strict gospel community. The LA-based Echoes, led by William and Willmer Broadnax, were adept at arranging traditional tunes such as "Lay My Burden Down" to sound slower and stranger. Their slightly halted singing style is a joy, however.