The Time For Peace Is Now : Gospel Music About Us

The Time For Peace Is Now compiles fourteen songs that, while recorded over four decades ago, speak now more than ever. The tracks are a subset of 1970s-era gospel, not directly talking about Jesus or God, but instead tackling how we live with ourselves and each other. These are undeniably soulful, passionate, and urgent songs from obscure 45s, dug up from a long dormancy in attics, sheds and rated across the American south. Compiled by Gospel guru Greg Belson. “The Gospel bands heard on The Time For Peace Is Now were comprised of musicians who played both church and secular music. The church borrowed—or rather commandeered—the guitar, bass, drums, and other instruments used to backup Motown, Stax, and other popular labels—to give power to the songs they supported. Musicians who sang at ‘the club’ on Saturday night were often leading solos or singing in the choir on Sunday mornings. Saturday night and Sunday morning music began to interweave, which was especially felt when the church choirs sang Gospel. It was Gospel’s influence that made Aretha Franklin, Sam Cooke, and many others the voice of the 1960s and 1970s. Gospel was the soul of America. This album is reflective of the dichotomy of the sacred and the secular. The music here is in some sense the same as the music of the club. “Keep Your Faith To The Sky” could have you singing “Keep Your Head To The Sky” by Earth, Wind and Fire. Listening to “It’s Hard To Live In This Old World” and “That’s A Sign Of The Times” imbues the pessimistic/realistic sense of what was happening. Like many Blues songs, the problem must first be named before it can be solved. At the end of The Time For Peace Is Now, hope is still present. The problem is named in the beginning and a possible solution is presented. -Pastor Keith L. Whitney

-Featuring a 36-page booklet in the CD with extensive notes by Jonathan Lethem (“Fortress of Solitude) and Robert Darden. The LP has a church pamphlet by Pastor Keith L. Whitney. Both physical releases come with an exclusive track that won’t be available digitally.

-The release will be complemented by a 15 minute documentary that highlights three of the artists, as well as an album trailer and animated music videos.

Item détails
Artist : Various Artists
Title : The Time For Peace Is Now : Gospel Music About Us
Label : Luaka Bop
Réf. label : LB 0094LP
Genre : Soul-Funk
Country : US
Year : 2019
Format : LP
Origine : Original
Record Condition : SEALED
Sleeve Condition : SEALED
Second hand : Non
Price : 33,00 EUR

Tracklist

Side 1
1. The Little Shadows - Time For Peace
2. Rev Harvey Gates - It's Hard To Live In This Old World
3. The Floyd Family Singers - That's A Sign Of The Times
4. Willie Scott & The Birmingham Spirituals - Keep Your Faith To The Sky
5. James Bynum - We We Are In Need
6. The Religious Souls - Condition The World Is In
Side 2
1. The Triumphs - We Don't Love Enough
2. The Gospel IQ's - Peace In The Land
3. Staples Jr Singers - We Got A Race To Run
4. The Soul Stirrers - I'm Trying To Be Your Friend
5. Willie Dale - Let Your Light Shine
6. Rev Harvey Gates - Price Of Love
7. The Mighty Reverlaires - Sunshine After Every Rain
8. The William Singers - Don't Give Up

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