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Reverend Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir – God Save Your People (2020) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Reverend Maceo Woods and the Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir – God Save Your People (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 44:18 minutes | 1,7 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © Craft Recordings

Settling officially into the Gospel Truth label, Reverend Maceo Woods and his Christian Tabernacle Concert Choir performed their first proprietary release on the label, “God Save Your People,” in 1972. The album’s opening selection picks up where Woods and the group’s previous LP left off, evangelizing to wayward souls with the cadence of “The Magnificient Sanctuary Band (Marching for the Man).” The group’s frequent male soloist Melvin Smothers sings an enthusiastic lead, encouraging all who can hear to drop everything and make a joyful noise about God’s grace. But the gleeful vocal is nearly overshadowed by the military-inspired taps of percussionist Billy Carson.

Gospel Truth director Dave Clark regarded Woods and his choir as the “greatest exponents of the true music that has its roots from black music,” promising that the album would include a style of music that had been recently “accepted around the world as the music of today.” While perhaps hyperbolic in nature, the statement frames the label’s intention to make Woods an ambassador for gospel as more than music for the sanctified, giving it context as a genre that carries within it the building blocks of all black music forms and branding it with the label’s own idea of “truth.”

Woods, who had previously paid medical school tuition with money he made from playing the organ, steps back as an instrumentalist during the duration of the album. The album’s closer, an instrumental organ rendition of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow,” performed by Woods, stands as the only exception. With an undeniable range, Woods’ finale stands as a testament to his talent on the instrument, conveying deep, harrowing, sincere conversation with the listener and God, even without words.


01. The Magnificent Sanctuary Band (Marching For The Man)
02. There Is A God (God Is A Spirit)
03. Jesus Is Waiting
04. Why Don’t You Trust Jesus
05. I’m Gonna Get Alright (Made It Up In My Mind)
06. Servant Come Home
07. Everytime I Feel The Spirit
08. Just Another Day
09. I Believe In The Trinity
10. Waiting On The Lord
11. Power Of The Holy Ghost
12. Eyes On The Sparrow


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