Published Feb 11, 2013Countering tomorrow's (February 12) occult-inspired effort from '70s "proto-Satanist" hard rock outfit Medusa, archival imprint the Numero Group have set up some saintlier material in the form of three gospel-minded releases.
While an official street date has yet to be announced, Numero will deliver the third instalment of their Good God! series, titled Apocryphal Hymns sometime in May. This 20-song set focuses on "heavenly harmonies, psychedelic guitars, damaged sacred steel, a bleeding French horn, off-kilter choirs, and consumer-side electronic percussion" from "lesser-known disciples" like Religious Souls, God's Band, Sensational Saints and more. The album features four schmaltzy, alternate nature-scene album covers: "Woodland Twilight, Seashore Morning, Mountain Waterfall, and Sunbeam Canyon."
Also set for May is the Cleveland specific King Bullard Version: Songs of the BOS Label compilation, which focuses on Ohio's 1960s gospel soul scene. The 12-song collection is said to bridge the gap between "FM R&B and AM sermons," and likewise contains material from Sensational Saints, as well as Mighty Imperials, Trumpelettes and more.
Finally, the spring string of gospel releases is rounded out by Detroit native Otis G. Johnson's 1978 effort Everything—God is Love. The Hammond organ-assisted set of "homespun gospel" is said to home in on "dirge-like, intuitive space" and prove that the Holy Ghost was in the machine. You can find out more details on the impending sets over here.