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Mighty Clouds of Joy: Kickin' [ABC, 1975]
Dave Crawford, whose debut production with this group explored the spiritual affinities between showbiz gospel and studio soul, here returns to form by exploiting shared commercial asininities. Don't be fooled if they get the great exception, "Mighty High," onto DJ turntables; Joe Ligon singing "You Are So Beautiful" is even more depressing than Billy Preston. B-