Father’s Creation – 1983 – Give Your Life To God

Here is a real left-field gospel killer.

The only album by Father’s Creation, it nestles very comfortably in the modern soul/rare groove bag. Dominated by the progressive sound of the emergent indie soul music sound of the early 80s, this works that lovely warm, unconventional magic that has since become so collectable. Give Your Life To God has a message that combines both spiritual elements with more hard hitting lyrics about the sign of the times, making it so much more than a Gospel LP.

This is a real treasure that everyone should enjoy.

A1. God All By Himself 5.32
Be Not Deceived 3.28
Just Ask 4.40
Pictures 4.54
Count Up The Cost 4.55
Give Your Life To God 5.08
Work On It 4.09
This World 4.17

Review by Trakbuv

It’s 1983. The cynical trappings of disco are wearing very thin and soul music is now embracing the awesome power of the synthesizer as a cheap alternative to a full band or orchestra. And with the demise of the monotonous thud thud and the shrill of an occasional chorus came the revival of independent soul. High calibre, vibrant soul carrying the banner for non-formularised, gutsy music on obscure, often one-off label sources. And with its popularity gaining respect by many real soul radio stations, these sounds were getting to the masses in ways that the vinyl never could.

Father’s Creation seems to have captured many of those enduring qualities that have stood the test of time far more easily than their more commercial counterparts. In their ranks, they had David K Bouknight (lead vocals, drums), William Campbell (lead vocals, drums), David Dilliard (percussion), Tyrone K Brooks (keyboards, bass) and Tracy Davis (lead vocals). Their LP entitled Give Your Life To God was a one-off album released on Creation Records and was recorded in Clinton near Washington DC. Although a Gospel album, the message is more generic about how to live life according to moral codes making it more appealing to a wider audience. A tight knit unit, all songs penned and produced from within the band, it is self-evident that this union had something special about them.

The opening bars of God all by myself puts many of their wares on the table. Creative chops, fertile ivories, intriguing and inspired chord and rhythm changes all coincide to create an insidious, hypnotic quality. There is a fresh almost naïve freedom percolating through high production values that never appear compromised. Topped off with clear confident vocals from William Campbell, this really was a fresh of breath air back in the day. And we really are treated to something ultra rare in Be not deceived. The perfect rare groover. Reflective lyrics combine with great vocals, harmonies and production to make your heart rejoice at its connection with your auditory system. Just ask is another great track with a mix of tenor (Campbell), falsetto (Bouknight) and female (guest contribution by Laverne Day) vocal leads all working an unconventional spell.Pictures is a gentle throwback to those sumptuous ballads that were hidden amongst a glut of funk on albums for bands like Mass Production, BT Express, and early Slave.

And while I don’t personally care for Tracy Davis‘s nasal vocal quality, not unlike that of pre-teen male singers, Count up the coststill has a undeniable charm. Give your life to God is a gentle ballad that really improves on repeated listens where its subtlety starts to dig deep.Work on it is a pleasant ballad, and we round it all off with the vibrant This world – a wonderful ‘concept’ piece with clever changes in pace. And that would appear to be that. I managed to locate some Gospel songs written by Thomas Brooks, some in collaboration with David Bouknight dating around 1986. Mr Bouknight would appear to be still active in and around Washington, with a release on CD Baby entitled When I look to you in 2009. One of the tracks on that EP is entitled Father’s Creation.

Please do not be put off by the ‘gospel’ tag, for this is a real treat to be enjoyed by both religious and secular audiences alike in our common appreciation of what soul music is all about.


Extremely rare killer album, never released on cd. You can buy the only available vinyl copy for 100 € here.

Conversation for album: Father’s Creation – 1983 – Give Your Life To God

  • Kelly Peter
    Posted at 11:33h, 28 September 2010 Reply

    Cool post, never heard of this! Sounds like a great blend of elements

  • dopey
    Posted at 12:47h, 28 September 2010 Reply

    Took me a little while to appreciate this one, but after it landed it struck. Thanks for yet another great contribution!

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 18:11h, 28 September 2010 Reply

    thank you so much !!!

  • rich
    Posted at 21:31h, 28 September 2010 Reply

    cant wait to hear this thanx nikos

  • alphabet
    Posted at 17:49h, 29 September 2010 Reply

    DOPE!!! I love the gospel/soul ish, thanks nikos

  • Alexandros
    Posted at 00:09h, 30 September 2010 Reply

    Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a rare gem from 80’s. Brilliant!

  • Redddox
    Posted at 01:50h, 30 September 2010 Reply

    Excellent! This was really good… great uplifting vibe… love it. Thanks again.

  • Paul
    Posted at 12:41h, 30 September 2010 Reply

    A great surprise! Much better than I expected. Thanks for posting this ultra rare treasure.

  • lecolhector
    Posted at 17:18h, 30 September 2010 Reply

    Many good tracks. Especially “God all by myself” and “Tjis world”. I identify a sample in “Count up the cost” but I don’t remember original version … and the song seems be written by lead vocal ?!… hallucination …

  • Krisch
    Posted at 22:35h, 30 September 2010 Reply


  • Freddy
    Posted at 10:33h, 01 October 2010 Reply

    you guys rule, can’t wait…

  • Jepordise
    Posted at 21:08h, 01 October 2010 Reply

    The best blog for all old soul music around. REAL GEMS!

  • mellowgangsta
    Posted at 12:27h, 02 October 2010 Reply

    For 2 1/2 years the No.1 Blog for Soul in the www. Outstanding gems with brilliant reviews. Thank you guys.

  • A Reader!
    Posted at 14:05h, 02 October 2010 Reply

    # mellowgangsta Says:
    October 2nd, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    For 2 1/2 years the No.1 Blog for Soul in the http://www. Outstanding gems with brilliant reviews. Thank you guys.

    This worth repeating on every post!

  • Antonis
    Posted at 21:58h, 02 October 2010 Reply

    Fantastic Share Niko. So rare and beautiful!

  • mOzes
    Posted at 22:30h, 04 October 2010 Reply

    Many thanks for this rarity. Excellent indeed.

  • Mandy
    Posted at 00:50h, 05 October 2010 Reply

    Oh dear Nikos, this is another lost classic from your shelves! An utter gem, should have been a big hit.

  • Milestone Z
    Posted at 13:57h, 05 October 2010 Reply

    Superb share. Another ace at FMS. Great great work guys.

  • pedro
    Posted at 05:37h, 06 October 2010 Reply

    another great pick from the vaults of time surprised at this gospel
    soul good combnation Thanks Nikos

  • Arion
    Posted at 10:46h, 06 October 2010 Reply

    What a joint? Excellent modern soul with the gospel background. Superb write up – info’s and especially the original review by Trakbuv. So thanks once more for providing such a great stuff and for putting so much love into this.

  • Jules
    Posted at 00:45h, 09 October 2010 Reply

    I had heard about this album, but never had the chance to listen to it. I can’t wait. Thanks a lot…

  • Pierre
    Posted at 16:48h, 11 October 2010 Reply

    excellent! beaucoup d’amour!

  • Sam Day
    Posted at 16:56h, 12 October 2010 Reply

    Wow!!!!! Straight to my ipod.

  • George Andreou
    Posted at 01:41h, 16 October 2010 Reply

    Yeeeeees!!!!! Fantastic!

  • Pavlos
    Posted at 18:11h, 20 October 2010 Reply


  • Pole
    Posted at 01:12h, 22 October 2010 Reply

    I’m searching a long time this album! You’re wonderful.

  • Rep
    Posted at 01:34h, 22 October 2010 Reply

    Thanks Nikos! I’ve never given this one a chance until now.

  • Manu
    Posted at 18:37h, 23 October 2010 Reply

    I had no idea of this release. I think it’s great. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • jos
    Posted at 22:27h, 23 October 2010 Reply


  • Benjamin
    Posted at 23:18h, 24 October 2010 Reply

    I love it. Thanks for the discovery. Great post and write up.

  • aNUBIS
    Posted at 14:15h, 31 October 2010 Reply

    Thanks for this incredible piece of modern soul. What a discovery! Nikos keep on feeding us..

  • DJ Snef
    Posted at 15:30h, 03 November 2010 Reply

    I think this album has to grow on me, but that makes this site all the more perfect. You not only find the stuff you already have in your library or the stuff you already know, you find the stuff you WANT to know while nobody else does. This site is the best! Everything you said about doubting the further existence of this blog Nikos, know that it’s always appreciated! The only site in the world where I got a download link in the mail upon request even while it was a really old post. Real heart these people.

  • Martini
    Posted at 20:15h, 06 November 2010 Reply

    I completely agree with DJ Snef ^ Great site, thanks 1nce again for this post and the whole site!

  • Tony
    Posted at 10:11h, 21 November 2010 Reply

    I love the message of this album. Too bad we don’t hear any songs like this on the radio these days. Thank you so much for getting this up for us. Much respect! Keep up the good work!

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