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A few years ago, I saw Slim and the Supreme Angels at a gospel program in Rocky Mount, N.C.; it was held in a packed high-school gym in August, and it was humid as a hothouse. Barely breaking a sweat, Slim wiped out the local favorites and bowled over a couple of rows of swooning women. Slim’s secret was killing ’em softly, and his ensemble’s subdued singing resembled an isle of quiet heartbreak in a sea of frenzied church shouting. Despite the recent death of lead singer Scotty Scott, who suffered a fatal onstage heart attack, the group forges on, but its greatest work can be found on Shame on You, a definitive collection of singles recorded for the Nashville-based Nashboro label in the ’60s and ’70s. The title track, a huge gospel hit in 1975, remains the group’s signature song: Over a brooding organ and bass, Slim sadly chides his Sunday-morning audience for their Saturday-night sins. The most impressive performance here, though, is “Soon I Will Be Done With the Troubles of This World,” a seven-and-a-half-minute lamentation of lost parents and other sorrows that becomes an argument against the vanity of all earthly things. Like all the best gospel music, this isn’t just for the converted: Fans of heart-slain, humbled, and on-your-knees ’70s soul like that of the Stylistics and the Chi-Lites would do well to take a good dose of Slim and the Supreme Angels.Eddie Dean