In the 70s radio stations were a powerful force across the whole of the US, and anyone with a transistor radio had access to all kinds of music. Live music was another matter altogether, and unless you found yourself in a major city your nights out were limited to what the local talent had to offer. This was especially so with soul and funk acts, as mainstream rock and pop was where the money was. So for small time Oklahoma soul acts such as husband and wife Charles and Barbara Burton's group Messengers Incorporated, times were tough. However, like many purveyors of soul, tough times were no match for those with determination, persistence and a story to tell. Many artists scraped enough money together to make a 45 or two on their own label; but the Burtons took this to another level - they got themselves organized and released their own full length LPs. Guestroom Records offers up a fully licensed reissue of their funk/soul holy grail Soulful Proclamation, privately pressed in tiny numbers in 1972. Remastered by Garrett Haines at Tree Lady Studios, original copies of this monster are prized by soul aficionados so get it while the getting's good!