Rare southern gospel soul music from the 70s and 80s collected on 2xLP

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December 13, 2021

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Showcasing the release of Memphis Tennessee imprint D-Vine Spirituals.

A new collection of gospel soul music from Juan D. Shipp’s D-Vine Spirituals label, titled Sacred Soul: The D-vine Spirituals Records Story Volume 1 and 2, is published via Bible & Tire Co in January.

Growing up in Memphis, Juan D. Shipp began playing trombone in bands as a teenager, before going on to become a record producer with Designer Records, as well as a local DJ.

Convinced that he could elevate the music of gospel artists during the production process, he founded D-Vine Records and the D-Vine Spirituals sub-label.

In his heyday, Shipp produced and released records by artists such as The Supreme Travelers, The Southern Echoes, and Rev. LD Harris + The Smiling Four.

Focusing on the production of the label from 1972 to 1986, Sacred Soul: The D-vine Spirituals Records Storbrings together 28 songs from artists including Elder Ward & The Gospel Four, The D-Vine Spiritualettes, The Southern Bells and The Angelic Five.

It follows the label’s resurrection in 2019, with Shipp driven by a desire to bring the gospel “out of the church.”

Pre-order Sacred Soul: The D-vine Spirituals Records Story Volume 1 and 2 here ahead of their Jan. 14 release, check out the artwork and songlists below.

Volume 1

1. Elizabeth King & The Gospel Souls – I Heard The Voice
2. The Southern Sons – I am a soldier in the army of God
3. The seven brothers a river to cross
4. Les Gospelaires – I’m coming home
5. Heavenly stars – Take me by the hand
6. Evelyn Taylor – Watch Your Life
7. The Supreme Travelers – You Must Live Life
8. Elder Ward & The Gospel Four – God will blow the sun
9. The Spiritual Stars of Kansas City, Missouri – Memories
10. The joy of Memphis – I want to fly
11. The Kingdom Airs – The reason I love it
12. Les Spiritualettes D-Vine – Where are you going to run?
13. Gospel Four – The Devil doesn’t like it
14. The stars of the trip – When I looked

2nd volume

1. The Gospel Wymics – It’s a shame this world has changed
2. Spiritual Wonders – Something You Can Do
3. The M&N Singers – Stand by Me
4. The Shaw Singers – My time is not long
5. Sister Jessie M. Sherley – I know I have been changed
6. Gospel Six of Tunica, Mississippi – Jesus Is A Worker Of Miracles
7. The Southern Aires – Ring them with golden bells
8. Elder Ward & The Gospel Four – A change is coming
9. The Dynamic Hughes Singers – The Lord’s Prayer
10. The Pure Hearted Travelers – I am a pilgrim
11. The Exciting Legion Aires – Never Get Old
12. The Jackson Golden Airs – Hard to say goodbye
13. The five angelics – I have Jesus
14. The southern bells – I have to say it

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