Compilation: Gospel Roots

Honest Jon's Records release a compilation of tracks from 1970s label Gospel Roots

In the last few years, interest in gospel music among soul and disco collectors has grown. 

Overdose of the Holy Ghost – compiled by David Hill on Joey Negro’s Z Records – brought together disco and boogie rooted in American church music, while records such as Gloster Williams & Master Control’s No Cross, No Crown got disco heads digging for more. At the same time, serious gospel aficionado Greg Belson opened more ears through his Divine Chord Gospel Show on LA’s Dub Lab Radio.

One label you may have discovered on Belson's show is Gospel Roots, an offshoot of Henry Stone’s Miami label TK Records, and it's this label that is now the subject of a compilation released by Honest Jon's Records

Compiled by David Hill, this selection brings together tracks recorded for the label in the mid-1970s: from gospel bangers such as Camille Doughty’s 'Elijah Rock', to Reverend Edna Isaac and the Greene Sisters' scorching soul cut that gave this essential LP its name, Christians Catch Hell: Gospel Roots, 1976-79.