Elizabeth King – Living in the Last Days (2021)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/48 kHz | Time – 33:11 minutes | 377 MB | Genre: Soul, Gospel, Blues
Studio Master, Official Digital Download | Front cover | © Bible & Tire Recording Co.
Recording your debut full-length album at the age of 77 is an achievement to be proud of and an inspiration to us all. Apart from that, Living In The Last Days by Elizabeth King out April 2, 2021 on Bible & Tire Recording Co., is one of the most extraordinary set of 11 songs you will hear this year. It is 45 years since the sacred soul singer last recorded but this album and it’s justifiably causing a stir.
King’s journey into music is a singular tale. Following a horrific car crash in 1969, doctor’s advised that she would never walk again. Overturning their expectations, King took her first steps, and overcome with gratitude, pledged herself to religion. During the 70s, as Elizabeth King & The Gospel Souls, she was one of few female singers to lead an all-male backing group. Soul music, of course, is indelibly linked to gospel, with many of its enduring talents deeply influenced by the latter. Without the gospel tradition, we would have had no James Brown or Sam Cooke. King is a timely reminder of that fact but, history aside, she is a stirring talent in her own right.
Elizabeth King is backed by a who’s who of Memphis players such as the Sacred Soul Sound Section including guitarist Will Sexton (Dale Watson, Nicki Bluhm, Amy LaVere), drummer George Sluppick (Albert King, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Jake LaBotz), guitarist Matt Ross-Spang (Al Green, Jason Isbell, John Prine), and bassist Mark Edgar Stuart (Alvin Youngblood Hart). Organist Al Gamble (St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Hold Steady, Don Bryant, Alex Chilton) also joins the proceedings. Most notably, she was also backed by singers Christopher and Courtney Barnes aka The Sensational Barnes Brothers. The album is produced Fat Possum’s Bruce Watson.
1. Elizabeth King – No Ways Tired
2. Elizabeth King – He Touched Me
3. Elizabeth King – Living in the Last Days
4. Elizabeth King – Testify
5. Elizabeth King – Mighty Good God
6. Elizabeth King – A Long Journey
7. Elizabeth King – Reach out and Touch
8. Elizabeth King – Walk with Me
9. Elizabeth King – Call on Him
10. Elizabeth King – Blessed Be the Name
11. Elizabeth King – You’ve Got to Move