Classic Skylite releases to be reissued digitally

Syntax Distribution announced yesterday that they have signed a deal to digitally reissue Skylite’s vast catalog of Southern Gospel releases. These releases will be remastered and retouched, and will include releases by the Blackwood Brothers, Statesmen, Oak Ridge Boys, Florida Boys, Masters V, Speer Family, Kingsmen, and Rebels Quartet.

Scott Godsey, who is the administrator for the Skylite catalog, commented: “With a retro catalog like this, the only outlet is going to be digital. . . . For Southern Gospel fans, this is an opportunity for them to get reacquainted with the songs they love—hundreds of songs by many popular artists from the 1950s until even the early ’80s. It’s like a lost artifact that has been rediscovered, and now it’s available online for everyone to share!”

The Blackwood Brothers and Statesmen founded Skylite in the 1950s; the Skylite catalog spans four decades. Several years ago, I posted an extensive Skylite Discography to this site’s reference section; check it out to get a feel for the treasures we can be watching for in the near future.

As the press release indicates, Syntax is no newcomer to the Southern Gospel market; they handle digital distribution for Crossroads and its associated labels.

Most of the greatest Southern Gospel recordings of the 1950s-early 1980s lie in the Skylite, RCA Victor/Camden, Canaan, and Riversong/Heartwarming catalogs. These have been completely inaccessible to all but the few fans who have record players (and fewer yet who have found copies of these somewhat rare recordings.) For those who don’t want to see Southern Gospel’s rich legacy forgotten, news that one of the four major catalogs of the era will be digitally reissued is one of the best stories of the decade. One can only hope that the other three will follow.

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  1. I’ve seen the Oak Ridge Boys/Quartet material on iTunes throughout the summer.

  2. Wow! Thanks for the info Daniel! Please keep us updated on when & where these can be purchased! Thanks again!

    • I’m sure they will be available at iTunes, AmazonMP3, and all other major digital outlets.

  3. Awesome!

  4. “Scott Godsey, who is the administrator for the Skylite catalog, commented: “With a retro catalog like this, the only outlet is going to be digital. . .”

    Does the quote above mean that only MP3 ‘s will be made available, and if you want it on CD you will have to burn them yourself.

    I feel excited about this announcement, and almost in disbelief that it will be done!!! However, I was not listening to this music in the 50s, but it might be nice to find out how some sounded back then.
    Thanks Daniel for keeping us informed!!

    • Yes; when I use the terms “released digitally” or “digitally reissued,” that means digitally only / MP3 only.

  5. Hmmm…. I never knew the Oak Ridge Boys did a Skylite recording. I know the Oak Ridge Quartet did, but not the ORB.