The Supreme Jubilees - It'll All Be Over LP

(S&K Records, 1979 - Light In The Attic, 2015)



“Formed in Fresno, Calif. by two sets of siblings, the Supreme Jubilees consisted of four Sanders brothers and two Kingsby brothers, all cousins who attended the same church. Whether you’re a fan of the Everlys or the Isleys, the Blue Sky Boys in the early 20th century or Haim in the 21st, the preternatural close harmonies of kin is one of the more sublime sounds on Earth, regardless of whether it's recording secular or profane music. And the Jubilees' ability to make their voices converge as one is sweet indeed.

There’s some talk in the notes that "If God had a disco, the DJ would be playing the Supreme Jubilees," but we all know he'd just have Larry Levan spinning the Joubert Singers' "Stand on the Word". Decent as the uptempo tunes are, in retrospect it’s the slower, more effervescent numbers that have a tactile magic about them. "We’ll Understand" is taken at a stately pace, the organ plaintive, the flanged guitar like the last tendrils of honey in a jar. "Maybe you can find some consolation in this song," they sing right before the chorus. When the organ wheezes and aligns with those voices, there’s a tingling sense of elevation.

[The title track is] as the glorious as the golden sunset that comprises the cover art, even if it is a stock photo that numerous bands deployed for their own privately-pressed albums. "It’ll All Be Over" arches over the setting sun, suggesting that the afterlife is as beauteous as the Pacific Ocean come sunset, yet as warm as a baptismal dip in the Caribbean.” - Andy Beta for Pitchfork