The Supreme Jubilees Itll All Be Over
Originally a quartet, the group cut a single for Peacock Records subsidiary Song Bird in Little came of this early venture, and over the coming years the band was slowly expanded to include various members of its two founding families.
Keyboardist and chief songwriter Leonard Sanders brought in his brothers Philip drumsTim bassand Melvin tenor vocalswhile singers Joe and David Kingsby recruited his son, David, Jr. Prior to his joining, family friend Larry Price was invited to play guitar, and he stayed on even after the arrival of The Supreme Jubilees Itll All Be Over, Jr. Already struggling to make ends meet, the seven-member band endured dishonest promoters, rough accommodations, and van trouble.
When another potential tour was offered, most of the band declined. A second album was originally planned forbut with their momentum waning and no tours on the horizon, nothing ever materialized. Gil Scott-Heron. Aaron Neville. Syl Johnson. J Dilla. We Almost Lost Detroit. Angel Dust. Is That Jazz? A Funky Space Reincarnation.
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An unaffiliated family friend named Larry Price rounded out the group. Although they had operated as a live band on the regional church circuit for several years, they had yet to release an album. The Fresno studio the band chose for their initial Various Mogul 2 turned out to be ill-suited to their needs.
Undeterred, the Jubilees took their half-finished album over to Sierra Recording Studio in Visalia where they polished off the remaining five songs. The sublime title cut is worth the price of admission alone for its gently despairing Old Testament darkness. As the opening When In Rome The Promise, it sets an odd, almost meditative tone as the group foretells the end times with a Ian Pooley Celtic Cross EP of comforting sensuality.
There are certainly some uptempo gospel rave-ups like "I'm on the Lord's Side" and the ebullient album-closer "Stop Today," but the Jubilees are at their most effective with the more somber, thoughtful cuts like "Do You Believe" and "We'll Understand. Mamba Percussions Mamba Percussions embarking on a couple of difficult and hapless tours, the Jubilees essentially called it quits and this lovely album faded into Tata Its A Mess Afro Breakdance for over three decades before being reissued by Seattle specialty label Light in the Attic Records.
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