Paradise - Worlds Midnight (Vinyl) SUPER RARE BLACK GOSPEL

  • Super Rare Album.
  • New/Factory Sealed MINT Cond.Ì_åÇÌÎÌ__
  • R3808 (1982 - Onyx International Records)

Paradise is a British R&B, funk and soul, black gospel band. World's Midnight was the groups 2nd release and the only release to come out on the highly sought after ONYX International Records.

While preparing for the album, the group began to rehearse at a studio in Holborn called Mount Pleasant, which was home to the cult British band, Gang Of Four. One of their producers, a bass player called Jon Astrop, and his colleague Phil Saatchi were impressed by Paradise. With a recording engineer called Rafe McKenna, they agreed to produce 'World's Midnight'. The band were able to use state-of-the-art recording facilities. The album was mellower than its predecessor yet another jazz-funk milestone for the mushrooming British 'n' black gospel scene with Paul Johnson's ear-piercing falsetto a nice balance to Doug Williams' Wonder-ish vocals. Groovy changes and tricky percussion keep the whole thingÌ_åÇÌÎÌ__alive.

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London's Paradise wasn'tÌ_åÇÌÎÌ__the first gospel act to integrate funk into their sound (such a credit should be given to such US gospel pioneers as Andrae Crouch and Rance Allen, but Paradise was the first in Britain and in the early '80s demonstrated that gospel was moving on from the quartet sound and the choir call-and-response fervour of old. Now with the release of a lovingly selected compilation, a new generation of believers can enjoy the groundbreaking music of London's early gospel funksters.

The origins of Paradise go back to 1977 when in South London an informal aggregation The Reapers began to play together. The lineup included brothers Phil and Junior Edwards on keyboards and bass along with Victor Cross (lead vocals), his brother Billy Cross (drums) and Lincoln Anderson (keyboards, bass). The teenage aggregation were listening to the hit R&B of the day like Earth, Wind & Fire and the Falback Band as well as reggae music and both these rhythms were integrated into the Reapers' full-on gospel songs. In 1979, Billy Cross left the Reapers to follow God's call to become a pastor and his place was filled by drummer Bobby Clarke.

Make sure you grab this gem today, we only have a few in stock.


World's Midnight
Here And Now
Never Will Turn Back
Your Love
Something Wonderful
Stop And Think
Life Assurance
I'm Going Away
Quiet Times

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