Tru-Sound/Prestige gospel discography (1962-64)
- 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 and with Prestige labels (blue trident). I’ve never seen LP 60005 and I know LP 60007 as a Prestige release only. Since this Clefs of Calvary album 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; GSP on the cover) 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's||release||artist||artist as shown||songs||year|
|1||Tru-Sound 1||Clefs of Calvary||Save Me b/w God's Love||1962|
|2||Tru-Sound 2||Gate City Singers||Peace In The Valley b/w I Thank You Jesus||1962|
|3||Tru-Sound 3||Capitol City Stars||Friends Talk About Me b/w There'll Be Rest For The Weary||1962|
|4||Tru-Sound 4||Back Home Choir||He's So Mighty b/w Climbing High Mountains||1962-63|
|5||Tru-Sound 5||Clefs of Calvary||Baptized b/w A Stranger In Any Land||1962-63|
|6||Tru-Sound 6||Capitol City Stars||I Love The Lord b/w I'm So Glad||1962-63|
|7||Tru-Sound 7||Gate City Singers||No Time To Lose b/w Something Within||1962-63|
|8||Tru-Sound 8||Back Home Choir||Come Out Of The Wilderness b/w I Trust Him||1962-63|
|9||Tru-Sound 9||Clefs of Calvary||Troubles Of This World b/w While The Bloods Running Warm||1962-63|
|LP's||release||artist||artist as shown||title||year|
|1||Tru-Sound LP 60001||Clefs of Calvary||Baptized||1962|
|2||Tru-Sound LP 60002||Gate City Singers||Peace In The Valley||1962|
|3||Tru-Sound LP 60003||Capitol City Stars||We’ve Come This Far By Faith||1962|
|4||Tru-Sound LP 60004||Back Home Choir||Come Out Of The Wilderness||1962-63|
|5||Tru-Sound LP 60005||Pentecostal Choir of Detroit, Michigan||Saved||1963|
|6||Tru-Sound LP 60006||Psalms of Grace||Time Is Winding Up||1963|
|7||Prestige LP 60007||Clefs of Calvary||God’s Light||1964|