Cliff Gober

Here's a nod to a younger generation who had grown tired of the “preacher and piano” sounds that defined most black gospel of the mid 70's. Cliff Gober’s “Poor Wayfaring Stranger” bridges this gap effortlessly. Gober had been performing with various Gary, Indiana, gospel quartets for 13 years before recording his first and only 45 in 1976, released on his one-off Calvary label. Gober enlisted Chicago musicians including Majestic Arrows arranger David Baldwin to flesh out his Mayfield-inspired take. The result is light years from traditional, saturated in horns and strings, with scratches of Farfisa and guitar littered all over the mix.

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