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A Stranger I May Be - Savoy Gospel 1954 - 1986 (Honest John’s Records) - Compilation

A Stranger I May Be - Savoy Gospel 1954 - 1986 (Honest John’s Records) - Compilation magazine cover

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!

 

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Johndelve

Posted

It looks interesting but there is no news about it at all on Honest John's website

Soulfusion

Posted

Looks like a very impressive set and Greg has clearly broken ranks before Honest Jon's have got this release on their set. Nevertheless I was unaware of the vinyl releases mentioned in the article so I have rectified that error and found the Bettye Swann compilation CD released by Honest Jon at a reasonable price. All in all a good start to the day. 

Greg Belson

Posted

The set was actually posted on the website last week....this was the link to the page, which contained preliminary details...it's currently blank which means they're evaluating the release date.

https://honestjons.com/label/artist/Savoy_Gospel/release/19541966

As they say, watch this space.....cheers!

Johndelve

Posted

OK, I will cheers but obviously I'd like to see the track listing.... Best John

Peternickols

Posted

Perhaps you could add the release date here on this board once it is known and also whether it will only be available from Honest Johns direct or whether the likes of Amazon will stock it. Thanks.

Greg Belson

Posted

4 hours ago, Peternickols said:

Perhaps you could add the release date here on this board once it is known and also whether it will only be available from Honest Johns direct or whether the likes of Amazon will stock it. Thanks.

Yes of course, I'll update when the release date is confirmed. What with covid restrictions, it's difficult to pinpoint an accurate date, as it's dependent on stores opening and when distribution networks are back on track. The project is finished and ready to go, hence my post here as a precursor of what's in store. This release will be widely available via all good outlets worldwide, so no worries there....date incoming asap.



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