Sunday, December 18, 2005

Get on Down With The Gospel!

Rance Allen Group - Hot Line to Jesus

Rance Allen and his brothers Steve and Thomas hold a revered place in the history of gospel music, as they were one of the first groups to introduce soul and funk grooves into their music. Their great music caught the attention of Al Bell, who signed them to Stax's Gospel Truth (later shortened to Truth) label in the early '70s. The Rance Allen Group hit the R&B charts a few times, with 1975's "Ain't No Need of Crying" becoming the anthem of Stax in its final days. "Hot Line to Jesus" is a hard-hitting funk groove that carries the gospel motif of the "royal telephone" to a new level. Try and sit still when you listen to this!

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