I’m Going All The Way
If ever a group transcended the boundaries between Gospel music and Soul, this is the one. Sounds of Blackness was formed in Minnesota in 1969; the large ensemble was also backed by its own dedicated orchestra of the same name. They were essentially a Gospel choir, but they embraced many types of music as well, from Soul to R&B.
After the release of the album ‘Africa to America:The journey of The Drum’ in 1994, they came to my attention by releasing this track as a single. Not normally a lover of Gospel music for its own sake, I immediately recognised a different path here, and took to this sound immediately. There seemed to be a genuine joy in the performance, and I could only sit back and bask in that feeling.
I couldn’t honestly say that it is a purely Gospel recording. It feels like soul music, and has a great orchestra behind it too. I just knew that it made me feel good, and had a joyous message too. It is almost impossible to resist the sheer enthusiasm of the vocals, and I don’t want to. More than 20 years after its release, it is as compelling and uplifting as ever. Here is the original recording.