Edwin Hawkins Singers – The Buddah Collection

Album Review | Retro World | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

Between 1969 and 1998, the Edwin Hawkins Singers released a string of gospel albums and enjoyed at least one smash hit with “Oh Happy Day”, a song that resonated in popular culture during the late 1960s, inspiring George Harrison’s similarly sounding “My Sweet Lord”. Three of those albums, It’s a Happy Day, Live at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and Peace is Blowin’ in the Wind, each originally released on the Buddah label, are collected together here as a two-disc set, featuring some of the choir’s most enduring songs such as the aforementioned “Oh Happy Day”, featuring soloist Dorothy Combs, very definitely residing exclusively in the left speaker for some unfathomable reason, whilst a good part of the Peace album, features seasonal songs such as “White Christmas”, “We Three Kings” and “Oh Holy Night” as well as rather soulful take on Bobby’s classic.