Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples

Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples

by Young Disciples

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Overview

The Young Disciples emerged from the chaos and misery of 1960s East St. Louis. They were not a band, but rather a youth group formed by producer and community organizer Allen Merry, who gathered troubled kids from the South End Community Center and brought them into his studio, forming them into a variety of solo and duo acts, horn sections, dance ensembles, and other groups. This volume in the Eccentric Soul series celebrates the recorded output of Merry's communitarian project. The quality is inconsistent, heaven knows, and that's not surprising -- what is surprising is how many of these performances are very good. The program opens on a mixed note, with LaVel Moore singing "The World Is Changing" in a consistently flat voice over a rich and elaborate soul arrangement, complete with strings. Things start to improve with the Young Disciples Co. on "Crumbs from the Table," a sharp and spare funk workout that nevertheless goes on just a bit too long. Elsewhere the pleasures are less mixed: the DeDe Turner Happening's "Anyone or Anything" is delightfully, unabashedly cheesy, the Debonettes' "Choose Me" is a pitch-perfect confection made up of equal parts sassy assertion and sweet longing, and the Georgettes' "Hard Hard" features a finger-snapping beat and lovely girl group harmonies. But even the weaker moments on this album combine with the strong ones to add up to an inspiring and enjoyable whole.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2008
Label: Numero
UPC: 0825764102322
catalogNumber: 23

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Young Disciples   Primary Artist
Gus Thornton   Guitar
Kay Williams   Reeds
Oswald Peters   Guitar
Dennis Cosby   Reeds
Waddey Williams   Guitar
Willie Perry   Reeds
Donnie Lewis   Percussion
Tyrone Perry   Reeds
Ernest Johnson & the Western Night Riders   Guitar
John "Snakehips" Johnson   Brass
Elijah Harris   Dancer
Linda M. Smith   Dancer
Michael James Moore   Percussion
Bruce Dennis   Percussion
Albert Hamilton   Brass

Technical Credits

Keith Staten   Contributor
John Hicks   Staff
Edgar Matthews   Staff
Michael Merry   Staff
William Hampton   Contributor
James Randolph   Personnel
Sharon Clark   Contributor
Dennis Clark   Contributor
Ralph Davis   Personnel
Ken Shipley   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Renee Smith   Contributor
Michael Leigh   Contributor
Charles Spearman   Personnel
Darren Young   Personnel
Evang. Tara Black   Personnel
Julius "Big Red" Davis   Personnel
Richard K. Hancock   Contributor
David Pryor   Staff
Tom Lunt   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Rob Sevier   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Larry Andrew Williams   Contributor
Robert Bruce Scott   Personnel
Larry Murphy   Personnel
Dauphin Williams   Contributor
Bobby McNutt   Personnel
Judson Picco   Liner Notes

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