Message to a Nation (Savoy) 1977
A truly unique album, the Artistic Sounds’ Message to a Nation frustrates conventional notions of what gospel music ought to sound like. Swathed in a dreamy guitar tone reminiscent of Shuggie Otis’ delicate sound, “Give It Up” is an exercise in the sort of street-smart moralizing made popular by the Staples Singers and others. The tricky arrangement blends punchy, deep soul horn stabs with the full-tilt roar of a gospel choir.
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