Classic R&B and gospel from both the old and new schools dominate this week's releases, with collections from Al Green and Delbert McClinton, along with Eartha's funky, spiritual debut, This I Know.
Also set for release Tuesday is the various-artists Ridin' Low three-disc collection, featuring songs by Green, George Clinton and Midnight Star.
Green, best known for such sultry R&B jams as "Belle" (1977) and "Let's Stay Together" (RealAudio excerpt) (1971), is a practicing minister who has recorded spiritual material throughout his 33-year recording career.
Great Gospel Hits includes 17 of his best-known tunes, including "Higher Plane" (1981) and "He Is the Light" (1985), as well as the gospel standard "Amazing Grace" and a cover of the Impressions' "People Get Ready."
Green's version of the Bee Gees'
"How Can You Mend a Broken Heart" (1971) also appears on the Slow
Jammin' installation of the Ridin' Low series. Slammin'
Oldies includes Smokey Robinson and the
Miracles' "What Love Has Joined Together" (1970) and the
O'Jays' "Look Over Your Shoulder"
(1968). The Funk Jams album features Clinton's 1983 hit, "Atomic
Dog," and Midnight Star's club jam
"No Parking on the Dance Floor" (RealAudio
McClinton, who scored a minor hit in 1980 with "Givin' It Up for Your Love" (RealAudio excerpt), long has maintained a club-circuit following for his harmonica-driven roots-R&B sound. His new album, Genuine Rhythm & the Blues, includes covers of Big Joe Turner's "Lipstick, Powder and Paint" and "Before You Accuse Me (Take a Look at Yourself)." The latter was originally recorded by bluesman Magic Slim and turned into a hit in 1989 by guitar virtuoso Eric Clapton.
Minister and multi-instrumentalist Eartha releases her debut, This I Know, an album of gospel funk jams. In addition to singing, she plays saxophone, keyboards and guitar on the 14-track album.