Time to make it official…..the completion of the project I’ve been working on for the last 6 years alongside DAVID HILL and HONEST JOHN’S RECORDS.
I’m excited to announce the compilation mini-series;
A Stranger I May Be – Savoy Gospel 1954 – 1986 (Honest John’s Records)
Presenting a three part compilation that focuses on the Gospel catalog of the legendary label through its glory years.
Whilst it’s practically impossible to assemble a definitive compilation for such a body of work, we decided to focus on separate periods that really exemplified the sounds that were evolving in the Savoy studios. Namely;
Vol. 1 = 1954 – 1966
Vol. 2 = 1970 – 1979
Vol. 3 – 1978 – 1986
The tracks chosen weave their way across the r&b boards of the earlier output, heading into the funkier sounds of the 70’s, before highlighting the polished modern soul and disco era into the 80’s. We’re proud of the tracklisting we’ve managed to assemble and think it’s not just a great introduction for those that are currently unaware of the discography, but it’s a solid representation to those that are already connoisseurs.
The compilation comes as a 3xCD set with a 60 page booklet…comprehensive liner notes are provided by the amazing Grammy nominated ROBERT M. MAROVICH. No stone was left unturned in his narrative. It’s a fascinating accompaniment to the music itself.
Each Volume will be released on DOUBLE VINYL, two as a gatefold, all housed in high grade board with a matte finish. The liner notes are presented in a series of different ways, including sleeve notes, inserts and amazing photos of the artists themselves.
Already released was the two 45’s and 10” single last year as a precursor to the compilation….still available are Jessy Dixon’s version of ‘Wade in the water’ (the first time on a 45), and the missing anomaly to the Savoy catalog for so long, Edith Moreno’s ‘Get ready for judgment day’.
RELEASE DATE for the compilation itself is still TBA but please visit the HONEST JOHN’S website for more information. Cheers!