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The New York Community Choir
NYCC (Expanded Edition)
Nº of Discs:
|1. Tell It All|
|2. Since You Came Into My Life|
|5. Nothing Can Seperate Me|
|6. Draw Now Closer|
|7. Express Yourself|
|8. Have a Good Time|
|9. Express Yourself (Long Version) 11:45|
|10. Have A Good Time (Long Version) 09:30|
|11. Easy to Be Hard (From Disco Spectacular) 08:34|
First Time Ever on CD for NYCC's 1977 Self-Titled album.
Expanded with 3 Bonus Tracks
Re-Mastered from the ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES at Battery Studio’s, New York, by Sean Brennan
The release includes the Un-Released track which is a very Rare Non-Album Cut "Easy To Be Hard"
The New York Community Choir is one of the most famous gospel groups of all time. They recorded many albums since 1970.
Gospel, arguably, has often been the “R” in R&B. A long list of soul icons, from Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Otis Redding to Teddy Pendergrass, were greatly influenced by the African-American Protestant church music that they grew up with (Franklin’s father was the late Rev. C.L. Franklin, a well respected Baptist minister and civil rights activist).
Sam Cooke and Johnnie Taylor were members of the Soul Stirrers (a major gospel group) before they became R&B stars, and Lou Rawls was a member of the Pilgrim Travelers (another major gospel group) before he made his mark in secular music.
Clearly, gospel has a long history of influencing secular R&B. But that has worked both ways, and in the 1970's, R&B-influenced gospel grew in popularity thanks to the New York Community Choir (NYCC) as well as the Edwin Hawkins Singers, Rance Allen and Andraé Crouch, among others.
NYCC were highly adventurous during the 1970s, combining the rhythms of soul, funk and disco with the choir vocals and Christian-based lyrics of African-American gospel. And that combination is alive and well on this self-titled album, which was originally released by RCA Records as a vinyl LP back in 1977.
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