Eccentric Soul: The Young Disciples

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/21/2008
  • Label: Numero
  • UPC: 825764102322
  • Catalog Number: 23
  • Sales rank: 112,881

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The World Is Changing - LaVel Moore (3:27)
  2. 2 Crumbs from the Table - Young Disciples Co. (4:15)
  3. 3 Third Flight - Third Flight (2:25)
  4. 4 Tears - Debonettes (2:18)
  5. 5 Checking Myself - Ames Harris's Desert Water Bag Company (2:13)
  6. 6 I'm Not Afraid of Love - Sharon Clark & The Product of Time (3:30)
  7. 7 Anyone or Anything - Dede Turner Happening (2:57)
  8. 8 Girls Girls Girls - Young Disciples Co. (2:55)
  9. 9 I Love You - Dauphin Williams (2:29)
  10. 10 Hard Hard - The Georgettes (2:00)
  11. 11 Country Loving Country Style - Bobby McNutt (3:15)
  12. 12 It's Not Your Business - Sharon Clark & The Product of Time (2:58)
  13. 13 People - Ames Harris's Desert Water Bag Company (2:57)
  14. 14 Would You Rather - The Georgettes (2:30)
  15. 15 Love Love Love - Third Flight (2:58)
  16. 16 Choose Me - Debonettes (2:23)
  17. 17 Outside of Memphis - Dede Turner Happening (2:37)
  18. 18 That's a Good Reason - Sharon Clark & The Product of Time (3:26)
  19. 19 I'm Your Man - Dauphin Williams (2:00)
  20. 20 Bang Bang Bang - Young Disciples Co. (3:01)
  21. 21 Homeboy - Allan "Dealth" Merry (3:22)
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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
Jeff Lipton Mastering
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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