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  • 1. Sensational Saints – The War Is Over
  • 2. Trumplettes – My Life Will Be Sweeter
  • 3. Mighty Imperials – Unity
  • 4. Trumplettes – I've Been To The Top Of The Mountain
  • 5. Mighty Imperials – We Need Him Now
  • 6. Capitalaires – Glory, Glory
  • 7. Friendly Seven, The Featurning Betty Thompson – Thank You For Bringing Me Out
  • 8. Southern Echoes – Why Am I Treated So Bad
  • 9. Friendly Seven, The Featurning Philip Brown* – I Had A Talk
  • 10. Trumplettes – You Don't Know My Trouble
  • 11. Sensational Saints – Walk Through The Valley
  • 12. Southern Echoes – Burden Down

On Cleveland’s late ‘60s gospel scene, the BOS label was the refined, professional ying to Boddie’s lo-fi yang, galloping to the fore bearing a torch for Curtis Mayfield’s robe-wearing roots. Founded by gospel impresario James Bullard, BOS is the first chapter in story that includes stints producing major spiritual albums for the Birthright, Roadshow, and Word labels. BOS got its start inside Lester Johnson and Bill Branch’s Way Out concern, running the devotional wing of Cleveland’s largest black-owned record company, and picking up a ton of Way Out’s soulful flavor in the process. Compiled here are BOS’s less traditional moments—12 bridges between FM R&B and AM sermons from a time when those worlds were splitting apart.