Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Groovin' With The Violinaires!

The Violinaires - It's Wrong To Fight

Today is "Wednesday Get Down Gospel Time" thanks to the Violinaires, whose six-decade career continues at present, but whose fame among soul fans rests with (1) their being the group in which Wilson Pickett made his professional debut (although he did not record with them, a most unfortunate fact) and (2) their '60s and early '70s sides for Checker, in which the group hooked up with the Chess studio musicians to lay down some awesome funky gospel 45s and the highly-collectible Groovin' With Jesus LP. (You can check out the title track and a sharp picture of the group at Quartet; while there, check out the other great gospel resources from the site.)

"It's Wrong To Fight" comes from the '60s and finds the group working the Checker "gos-pop" sound for all its worth. While the groove struts along, James Blair and the group bring a "peace" message. This tune just barely meets its "gospel" quotient by doing a verse about David and Goliath; otherwise, it's just a solid piece of '60s soul that is totally "get down"-worthy.

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