Week 3: Joy

Originally posted on 4BB 2.0 on March 23, 2008:

Happy Easter! I’m going to keep this short and sweet…this is a great album! Don’t sleep on it. The Mighty Clouds Of Joy’s “Kickin'” from 1975. I figured it was the perfect post for Easter Sunday. May it fill you and your loved ones lives with happiness and joy! Peace!

Contemporary gospel’s preeminent group, the Mighty Clouds of Joy carried the torch for the traditional quartet vocal style throughout an era dominated by solo acts and choirs; pioneering a distinctively funky sound which over time gained grudging acceptance even among purists, they pushed spiritual music in new and unexpected directions, even scoring a major disco hit.

The Mighty Clouds of Joy were formed in Los Angeles during the mid-’50s by schoolmates Joe Ligon and Johnny Martin; while still in their teens, the original group – which also included brothers Ermant and Elmo Franklin, Leon Polk and Richard Wallace – made their recorded debut in 1960 with “Steal Away to Jesus,” cut for the Peacock label. Their debut LP “Family Circle” arrived a year later.

In the years that followed, the Mighty Clouds earned a reputation among gospel’s greatest showmen; one of the first groups to incorporate choreographed moves into their act, their nimble footwork and bright, color-coordinated outfits earned them the sobriquet “The Temptations of Gospel.” More importantly, they were the first group to add bass, drums and keyboards to the standard quartet accompaniment of solo guitar, resulting in a sound which horrified traditionalists but appealed to younger listeners – so much so, in fact, that the Mighty Clouds became the first gospel act ever to appear on television’s Soul Train, where they performed their disco smash “Mighty High.”

Their crossover success continued with opening slots for secular pop stars including Marvin Gaye, the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon, whom the group backed during a month-long stint at Madison Square Garden. While lineup changes plagued the Mighty Clouds throughout their career, they remained active through the 1990s; in addition to co-founders Ligon and Wallace, their latter-day incarnation also included Michael McCowin, Wilbert Williams, Johnny Valentine and Ron Staples. (Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide)

Here’s a tasty sample of the hit single from this LP – Mighty High“!

Hard to get your hands on, but definitely something for your vinyl collection – try your luck here!

Peace!!!

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12 comments on “Week 3: Joy”

  1. Thanks, Arkane1!
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  2. hi arkane!
    many thanks for sharing this wonderful gem!
    missed this first time around!
    great drop!

  3. Thanks Arkane1!

  4. Woooo weeee…Mighty High is mighty fine. Thanx for droppin this gem. Have a good 1 braddahs

  5. Thanks

  6. Good looks this album is great!

  7. thanks

  8. Thanks for another good one.

  9. Sweet!! This is my daddy’s music. I love this blog!

  10. Check the “Aahow!!” Break for some real Garage-house action. This brings back some sweet early ’90s memories for me as well as ignites my gospel nerves. I play the hell outa this for my choir everytime we have a party, it’s a monster back to back w. “It’s raining men” & “Disco Inferno”.
    /The Holy Funkback

  11. Thank you very much. Excellent lp

  12. I see this record all the time if any of you guys need me to pick one up for you. I really appreciate your work


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