Praise Poems, Vol. 8: Double Vinyl LP
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Praise Poems, Vol. 8: Double Vinyl LP

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Label: Tramp Records
Release Date: 4th February

Praise the big dog upstairs for Tramp Records and their long-running series of gospel, soul, jazz and funk comps devoted to songs of praise - 8 albums in and rarely do comps get better with each release. Uplifting, foot-tapping, soul searching and often times so funky you wonder if the players are truly heaven sent. 
Essential pick up.

For those who dig: Soul, funk, jazz, gospel music...

- deluxe vinyl LP with detailed liner notes and unseen photographs
- the vinyl LP comes with a full album download code
- ALL but two songs appear on CD/Vinyl-LP/digital for the very first-time

1: Bobby Cole A Perfect Day
2: Helmut Pistor's Big Rock Jazz Band There's A Promise For The Future
3: Ladykiller Mercy Mercy Mercy
4: Portraits In Sound It's Time For Music
5: Harve And Charee Got To Turn Away
6: Allison & Shaffer Moon Madness
7: Klaas Craats Six Water Gardens Of The Moon
8: Gemini If You're So Smart
9: Flash Around This Time
10: Garndarf Song For A Girl
11: Fang Buzbee & Sutton Frozen Love
12: Penn Central Make It Happen
13: The Menagerie They All Seem To Know
14: Hans Hass Welche Farbe Hat Der Wind
15: Ron & Sally Price California Feeling
16: Kris 'N Dale Memory Shelf
17: David White I Want To Have You A Long Time
18: Vision Girl We Really Done It This Time

After 6 years and 7 volumes, the Tramp Records crew invites you to join them on yet another enlightening journey into soulful Jazz, Folk and Funk from the 1970s.

This 8th volume contains nineteen Jazz, Soul and Folk nuggets from between the late 1960s and the late 1970s. One of the many highlights is the opening track by Bobby Cole which is most likely one of the finest independently produced vocal jazz recordings ever put on wax. So true. Oscar Brown Jr. and Mark Murphy sends its regards. But that's just the beginning. Praise Poems Vol.8 covers a wide selection of genres, from big band jazz (Helmut Pistor's Big Rock Jazz Band and Germany's own Ladykiller) to psych-pop (Portraits in Sound, Harve and Charee and Allison & Shaffer), from folk-rock (Flash, Garndarf and the incredible Fang Buzbee) to AOR (The Menagerie and Penn Central), completing the set with a handful of melancholic folk beauties, most notably Hans Hass Jr.'s mind-blowing "Welche Farbe hat der Wind".

Very few compilation series' release as many as eight volumes and those that get that far often start to run out of quality music or meander too far from their original artistic direction. That certainly is not the case with the "Praise Poems" series which leaps from strength-to-strength as our team of compilers and researchers continue to unearth lost and often overlooked music from an era long gone. Many of these records were released in small quantities as private pressings or by small regional labels. Obviously, those labels neither had the budget, expertise, nor options to promote their releases in a sweeping way. Therefore the majority of these artists failed to find the wider audience their music so richly deserved.

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