KOSMO's VINYL of the Week:
This week we are at United Sound Studios, 5840 Second Ave, Detroit, for The Rance Allen Group's gospel version of Gamble & Huff's "There's Gonna Be A Showdown", released on their 1972 LP "The Truth Is Where It's At" on the Gospel Truth label...
"I have always been a fan of Archie Bell & The Drells' "Showdown" from 1969, but last year my Man in Manchester - Dave Bennett, introduced me to this version, and for me it beats the original. The Rance Allen Group were three brothers from Michigan and the Gospel Truth label was a Stax gospel music subsidiary. They came to Stax's attention via a talent show in Detroit and are featured in the "Wattstax" movie. Some folks have an issue with the lyrical content of gospel music, but for me it is no different than much of the rastafarian reggae I listen to."
"Elvis Presley once said "Soul music is just gospel music with different words."" - KV
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