Tru-Sound/Prestige gospel discography (1962-64)


Tru-Sound/Prestige gospel

  • Tru-Sound was a subsidiary label of Prestige, the label most famous for its numerous jazz releases. There were gospel and secular releases on Tru-Sound; King Curtis may have been the best-known artist on the label. The Tru-Sound label was in operation from 1961-63 and all gospel was released in 1962 and 1963, with a final LP release on Prestige in 1964.
  • Most if not all sides were produced by Ozzie Cadena and engineered by Rudy van Gelder. Ozzie Cadena also ran the Choice label. The Choice page has a link to a label introduction by Per Notini, giving some more details on Cadena’s career.
  • It has been said that LP’s 60005 (Pentecostal Choir), 60006 (Psalms of Grace) and 60007 (Clefs of Calvary) were released on Tru-Sound first and then re-released on Prestige. LP 60006 was released in a Prestige cover and there were indeed LP’s with Tru-Sound labels and others with Prestige labels (blue trident). Since the second Clefs of Calvary album (#60007) was recorded in November 1963 and probably released in 1964, I think it was on Prestige only as the Tru-Sound label was disbanded somewhere in 1963. The album number and the prefix as shown on the labels (TS) clearly indicate the Tru-Sound connection and the album is listed below.
  • Choice LP 514 has #60014 (“TRU 60014”) on the labels, referring to the Tru-Sound label. This is a bit surprising, especially because of the number, as the Tru-Sound LP issues stopped after number 60007 (which in fact was on Prestige). So, it appears that the numbering has been used until at least #60014 and I wonder what’s in between 60007 and 60014… I haven’t seen other Choice LP’s with an additional Tru-Sound number (but I haven’t seen all of them).
  • All years need to be confirmed.
  • This discography lists all known Tru-Sound/Prestige gospel releases; nine 45’s and seven LP’s.


45'srelease artist artist as shown songs year
1Tru-Sound 1 Clefs of Calvary Save Me b/w God's Love 1962
2Tru-Sound 2 Gate City Singers Peace In The Valley b/w I Thank You Jesus 1962
3Tru-Sound 3 Capitol City Stars Friends Talk About Me b/w There'll Be Rest For The Weary 1962
4Tru-Sound 4 Back Home Choir He's So Mighty b/w Climbing High Mountains 1962-63
5Tru-Sound 5 Clefs of Calvary Baptized b/w A Stranger In Any Land 1962-63
6Tru-Sound 6 Capitol City Stars I Love The Lord b/w I'm So Glad 1962-63
7Tru-Sound 7 Gate City Singers No Time To Lose b/w Something Within 1962-63
8Tru-Sound 8 Back Home Choir Come Out Of The Wilderness b/w I Trust Him 1962-63
9Tru-Sound 9 Clefs of Calvary Troubles Of This World b/w While The Bloods Running Warm 1962-63


LP'srelease artist artist as shown title year
1Tru-Sound LP 60001 Clefs of Calvary Baptized 1962
2Tru-Sound LP 60002 Gate City Singers Peace In The Valley 1962
3Tru-Sound LP 60003 Capitol City Stars We’ve Come This Far By Faith 1962
4Tru-Sound LP 60004 Back Home Choir Come Out Of The Wilderness 1962-63
5Tru-Sound LP 60005 Pentecostal Choir of Detroit, Michigan Saved 1963
6Tru-Sound LP 60006 Psalms of Grace Time Is Winding Up 1963
7Prestige LP 60007 Clefs of Calvary God’s Light 1964