Vinyl Me, Please has announced that they’ve partnered with the Preservation Hall Foundation and the Ace Hotel New Orleans to press and release a limited-edition vinyl collaboration in celebration of Jazz Fest and the sound of New Orleans. This is the first release in a series of Ace Hotel and Vinyl Me, Please exclusives, which will be reissues and live recordings from New Orleans artists to celebrate the history and future of the city.
The double-LP pressing on 180-gram black vinyl will feature 1969’s Preservation Hall gospel recording of Sister Gertrude Morgan’s Let’s Make a Record, paired with its 2004 re-imagining, King Britt Presents Sister Gertrude Morgan. The original is a recording of evangelist Sister Morgan, who brought her message of Christ to the city of sin that was (and is) New Orleans. The recording features just Morgan’s voice, handclaps, and tambourine, whereas Philadelphia DJ King Britt takes those original recordings and adds in beats and a live band.
The release is limited to 1,500 foil-stamped, numbered copies that will be available for purchase at Ace Hotel New Orleans during Jazz Fest, which runs April 28 – May 7. All proceeds go to support the Preservation Hall Foundation, whose mission is “to protect, preserve, and perpetuate the musical traditions and heritage of New Orleans.” Check out two tracks from the double LP below. You can hear King Britt’s “Power [Voodoo Version]” and Sister Morgan’s “I was Healed by the Wounds in His Side.”
King Britt and the original band that recorded the album will be playing the album live at the Ace Hotel in New Orleans on May 4. Tickets and show details are available here.