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Little West & the Group-ettes of Sacramento Glory Glory b/w He'll Understand 45
(Gospel Corner, 1969)

Merry Christmas! While this unbeliever has little use for the religious trappings of this feast day, I will use the opportunity to lay one of my favorite gospel records on you. Special this is for two reasons. The first is that it is from my hometown of Sacramento, which, for years has had a vibrant Black gospel scene, yet one that is poorly documented and much neglected outside of African American circles. This scene is so underground and under-appreciated that even it participants are hazy about its past. For years, I've tried to get information on this single and its author, Little West, but have succeeded only in finding out that Little West was not so little and that he no longer lives in Sacramento. The second reason this 45 is so special is that the B side, "He'll Understand", kicks ass. Slow and soulful, with a very cool, great piano, and gorgeous guitar, Little West pushes his way though fantastic backing vocals by the Group-ettes of Sacramento. Though I could easily use another minute or two, it is a perfect gospel song. And with that I leave you to enjoy this holiday.

Thank you for sharing all these wonderful records!
May you have pleasant New Year 2oo8!
nice regards from Serbia,
If the b-side of the disc says "He'll Understand", it's Gospel Corner's error - and a surprising one from a label of that name. This classic gospel song is called "Farther Along", and the phrase "he'll understand" is a misrendering of the lyric, which says in the refrain:

Farther along we'll know more about it
Farther along we'll understand why
Cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine
We'll understand it all by and by.

Thanks for this sweet recording of it.


Scott, I just came across your blog via a link from Office Naps. I take it you are based in Sacramento...I also live there and
am a long-time record collector here. Great to see someone posting some of the great local recordings from our fair city!
I'm late coming to your post. In any case, that second song - regardless of what it's called - is great! Thanks for these.
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