Overdose of the Holy Ghost
Artists: Various Artists
Released: Apr 2013
Wonderfully titled 2-CD set showcasing the ‘sound of gospel through the disco and boogie eras’.
There are some heavyweight contributors on here including a couple of tracks from Shirley Caesar (inc the Philly inspired Message to the People), Be Be & Ce Ce Winans and the Clark Sisters (who provide the title track).
But perhaps the best tracks are the little known gems that carry the groove of the late 70s/early 80s. Kristle’s I’ll Go has a great disco feel and could have lit up any dancefloor, whilst the Cecil Womack penned I’ll Keep Holdin’ On by The Young Delegation has a catchy riff throughout (and could easily sit alongside any Womack & Womack track).
The quality of grooves does not mean the lyrics are diminished, Dan Greer’s Love is the Message being a prime example. Sounding a bit like Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, Dan is clear, quoting John 3:16 he then sings ‘He came to seek and to save”. Elsewhere, “I want you to lead me Jesus” is Ronia La Vee’s call on the Labelle-sounding Lead Me, whilst Rahni Harris (who had a dancefloor smash with Six Million Steps), tells us that “He’s the King of Kings, the best by far”.
Should have been released 30 years ago…but if your thang is soul and funk and disco and the sound of Philly, then this will be right up your street. It’s on dance and DJ maestro Joey Negro’s record label, Z Records, and it’s a welcome breath of fresh air. It comes complete with some great notes on the tracks and their rarity (some have been changing hands for a fair penny).
Music for your feet as well as your soul.
Review by Richard Marzetti