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Second volume in World Spirituality Classics series

Gospel from the American South offered up in Willie Scott & The Birmingham Spirituals’ The Time For Peace Is Now

Luaka Bop will release the second in their World Spirituality Classics series this September. Following on from the archival release The Ecstatic Music Of Alice Coltrane Turiyasangitananda back in 2017, this new one is compiled from an unearthed collection of “obscure 45s found in attics, sheds and crates across the American south”, says the label. The collection presents a subset of 1970s era gospel that could be seen as a backdrop to The Staple Singers' commercial success.

Compiled by soul DJ Greg Belson, Willie Scott & The Birmingham Spirituals’ The Time For Peace Is Now album includes sleevenotes from Jonathan Lethem, who says the songs “are resplendent with love and yet are not love songs. They speak of life and death, care and disrepair, exultation and release, sorrow and pain, and exhort the listener to hold on, seek peace, let light shine, know joy, recognise the love in one’s fellows.”

Listen to Willie Scott & The Birmingham Spirituals’ “Keep Your Faith To The Sky”. The Time For Peace Is Now is available for pre-order now.