Wednesday, June 29, 2011
For some unknown reason (probably as simple as the wrong master being sent out), a few countries in europe received an alternate take of this track- peppier, a few seconds longer and in my opinion even better than the more commonly released British version. This is from the Swedish release, and it shows yet another side of the genius of this legendary group.
THE SMALL FACES - WHAM BAM THANK YOU MAN (ALTERNATE VERSION)
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
For whatever reason, this incredible side by the GODFATHER seems to have slipped through the cracks of becoming a "legendary" side in JB's massive catalog.
Strangely enough, this record made the POP charts at #77, but somehow MISSED the r&b charts. How strange is that? This song bridges the gap nicely between raw r&b and the groundbreaking nascent funk that James would lay out less than two years after this record was cut.
An absolutely incendiary performance from JB.
JAMES BROWN - SIGNED, SEALED, AND DELIVERED
Monday, June 27, 2011
Just when I thought I'd heard every Eddie Bo track of note (thanks to originals as well as the swell reissues that have kept us collectors salivating), out pops THIS record which was unknown to me until a few months ago.
Sounds like it's from another planet, and New orleans is pretty certainly another place entirely...
EDDIE BO - WHAT YOU GONNA DO
Sunday, June 26, 2011
Suggested by the brother of Patti (of the Patti & Linda duo who made up 2 Of Clubs) after he heard the track as a Petula Clark b-side, 2 Of Clubs cut this astonishing debut single at King Studio, Cincinnati.
Both Linda and Patti worked as singers at a Cincinnati nightclub called Guys & Dolls, and it was eventually suggested that the two sing together; a fantastic suggestion, as they voices blend together perfectly.
The group cut a handful of great singles; most of which did well regionally (this one did big business in Chicago as well) but the group never had the push to national attention that they deserved.
Read more about 2 Of Clubs at the always excellent Spectropop website.
2 OF CLUBS - HEART
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Allegedly named by George Clinton (after an actual hall in Chicago), this Detroit group shows a very strong P-Funk influence on this track (especially in the red hot lead guitar which is very reminiscent of Eddie Hazel).
The LP that this song was taken from (Your Love Is My Desire) saw very little distribution outside of Detroit and in the interim years has become a massive collector's item (it has since been reissued).
Seventies soul is sounding better and better to me these days.
ERAMUS HALL - DO THE ROCK
Friday, June 24, 2011
Little Bob (Camille Bob) has been active on the New Orleans music scene for over fifty years!
A few years back I featured his genius boozin' anthem "I Got Loaded", and I have been hot on the trail of this particular 45 for YEARS. Very tricky to find, but I recently scored a copy. It's a lovely rollicking summertime groove that showcases Bob's sweet vocals in the most raw, direct way possible. I love the stripped to the bone sound of this record, straight out of the basement.
LITTLE BOB - I CAN'T TAKE IT
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Made up of sisters Betty & Rose Collins, The Teen Queens cut a number of hits in LA starting around 1955, and by the time of this record Betty was 20 and Rose was 19. Written by the great west coast blues/ r&B legend Big Jay McNeely, this outright funky sides show the sisters had come a long way since "Eddie My Love" from just a few years prior. This was their third to last release as the Teen Queens, but they cut a few more sides as Betty & Rose.
Sadly, both ladies succumbed to drug addiction and passed away many years ago.
THE TEEN QUEENS - THERE'S NOTHING ON MY MIND Pt 1
& Pt 2
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
With such high quality of output, it was only inevitable that certain Stax/ Volt releases slipped thru the cracks and either hovered on the lower regions of the charts or never charted at all. Sadly, this great track from this Arkansas based group was one such track. The group (made up of sisters Jeanne and Dee Dolphus, Jeanne’s daughter Paula, and family friend Phefe Harris) suffered no lack of talent, and the song (from the pen of Hayes-Porter) is infectious, catchy and driving.
JEAN & THE DARLINGS - HOW CAN YOU MISTREAT THE ONE YOU LOVE?
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Don't you just love the 29c sticker on the factory sleeve?
The Moving Sidewalks featured Bill (later Billy) Gibbons on vocals and guitar, pre- ZZ Top. The group became one of the big draws on the Houston scene and not only opened for fellow Texans The 13th Floor Elevators but also when big time touring acts came thru town. Legend has it, when the Sidewalks opened for the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Jimi was so taken by Billy's playing that he gave him a pink Stratocaster and Hendrix was on record as stating how much he liked Gibbon's playing.
Two Sidewalks were drafted, which revamped the lineup and the band became ZZ Top in late 1969.
A great story, and the band's singles are the stuff of legend. "99th Floor" (a past 45 of the day) gets most of the attention as it has been on many comps (and for good reason), but this follow up is almost as grand.
THE MOVING SIDEWALKS - NEED ME
Monday, June 20, 2011
Featuring one of the greatest drummers in history (Sam Lay) and arguably the two greatest white US bluesmen (Paul Butterfield on vocals/harp, and Michael Bloomfield on guitar), the original Butterfield band was bursting at the seams with talent.
It's unclear when this single-only release was cut; some sources say before the 1965 self titled debut LP (relatively straight Chicago blues); but, as it seems to have been released shortly afterwords, it seems like a great transition piece to 1966's more experimental "East West" LP.
"Come On In" shows the band right at home with the then current soul/r&b market in this blazing 2 minute slab of soul/beat that was distilled through the funky waters of this great period of Chicago blues.
Hipper than hip.
BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND - COME ON IN
Sunday, June 19, 2011
I had an incredibly long day of travel yesterday, so in lieu of no post for Saturday, here are two lovely sides for today.
This record is the epitome of pure class. Both sides of this debut 45 show the southern roots and depth (Garland was born in Mississippi) with the upbeat urban Chicago sound (where Garland's family moved when he was 16), although the record was recorded in Detroit after Jo Armstead and her then husband Mel Collins caught Garland opening for Lou Rawls in concert.
GARLAND GREEN - IT RAINED FORTY DAYS AND NIGHTS
b/w GIRL I LOVE YOU
Friday, June 17, 2011
Lloyd Price has had an incredible career; not only as an excellent singer whose work was at the forefront of New Orleans r&b, he has also had second and third careers as record exec (he released one of Wilson Pickett's first records, f'rinstance) and a restaurateur and foodie. The stuff of legend!
On this track, we find Lloyd adapting to the sounds of 1965 VERY well, and swinging like a pendulum! And how about those haunting backing vocals? YES.
LLOYD PRICE - OH, LADY LUCK
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Hailing from (where else?) Chicago's south side, this excellent group started out backing the Syl Johnson produced duo Simtec & Wylie, and their downright raw funkiness draws parallels to the work of those heavy hitters.
This is how I love my funk; with a great, catchy song behind the grunts, groans, breaks and hits. Brilliant stuff.
I am writing from Nantes, France, so perhaps a more appropriate title is "Have A Little MERCI". And no; I am not above the occasional corny joke.
SOUTH SIDE MOVEMENT - HAVE A LITTLE MERCY
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
A journeyman in the truest sense of the word; brilliant vocalist Ray Agee (an Alabama native transplanted to Los Angeles) recorded dozens of records for almost as many different labels. Sadly, he was stricken with polio as a youngster and died far too young (age 60 in 1990).
Thankfully, he left behind killer records such as this all-out groover.
RAY AGEE - LEAVE ME ALONE
Monday, June 13, 2011
No, I haven't lost my mind and/or become a hippie!
Seems as though very few people know that the Dead recorded one of THE greatest west coast acid-punk 45's, right up there (and similar in feel) to "7 & & Is" by Love.
While they went on a completely different path, at least there's this blazing piece of evidence that these guys could really kick it out.
THE GRATEFUL DEAD - CREAM PUFF WAR
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Other than the fact that I believe he was New York based, I know nothing of Paul Sindab, other than his small handful of collectable 45's.
This record is yet another example of how, almost 4 years into this blog, the well of music from this era is so deep that gems such as this can still be posted from such a talented singer who never got the shot he deserved.
I'm guessing the year.
As always, if you know any more, please don't hesitate to write.
PAUL SINDAB - CAN'T WAIT NO LONGER
Saturday, June 11, 2011
For those of you who dig drum breaks, there are breaks galore on this amazing side from Mr Guitar himself.
From the primitive wah wah effect to those previously mentioned breaks, this track must qualify as the hippest record ever waxed with Chet Atkins name on the label.
CHET ATKINS - BOO BOO STICK BEAT
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Legendary Memphis bluesman Rosco(e) Gordon DID NOT give up the music business when he moved to Queens, NY in 1962 as stated on Wikipedia. Rosco made fewer records during the time he and his wife owned and operated a laundry business, but he also cut THIS- in my opinion his greatest ever side.
"You Got My Bait" has a haunting hook that just sticks in my head all day, along with some absolutely devastating vocals and piano from Rosco. Add the super snappy drumming (sounds like Bernard Purdie) and that KILLER twangy guitar and VOILA! An incendiary record.
ROSCO GORDON - YOU GOT MY BAIT
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Smack dab in the middle of the psychedelicized Los Angeles of 1967, this group were regulars at LA nightclub Gazzarri's (as stated on the label of this release). Seemingly, this song, with its references to mysticism (as well a group name that is a cute play on jazz cigarettes) should have been one of the anthems of the summer of love. Perhaps if it would have had larger distribution it could have.
The group's club experience certainly paid off; their performance is TIGHT on this record with excellent harmonies and a pretty catchy song that invokes light shows, paisley, mini's and the feeling that anything was possible.
THE JOINT EFFORT - THE THIRD EYE
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Both sides of this record are inspired and gorgeous. While not from Detroit originally (the group was formed in Little Rock, Arkansas and moved to Detroit) the group were a welcome addition to the motor city talent pool. This record was their debut for the newly formed Westbound label and (I believe) their second release after a one-off for Ric-Tic.
DETROIT EMERALDS - HOLDING ON
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
Monday, June 6, 2011
This is the type of record that trumps EVERYTHING, so if you don't wanna feel its power I'm afraid you have no choice!
The Prophets (aka The Georgia Prophets), featuring lead singer Billy Scott, have had a long career in the southeastern US "beach music" scene (more or less the US equivalent of a northern soul scene). The Prophets are still active today doing their thing (after taking a break for a few years in 1985), and I would imagine that this record has been part of every set they've ever played since 1968. The song is infectious, the vocals are superb (both lead and the female backing) and the song is simply an outright stomper.
THE PROPHETS - I GOT THE FEVER
Sunday, June 5, 2011
What a lovely record.
I find myself really enjoying 70's soul these days more than ever, and I've been sitting on this record for quite a while and didn't feel it was daily 45 appropriate but HEY there's no rules around here, right? I'll definitely be featuring more 70's sounds around here in the future.
This record finds the queen of Philly soul backed up by the lush harmonies of fellow Philadelphians The Futures; the a-side is a gorgeous dream number, the b-side an uptempo mover.
BARBARA MASON & THE FUTURES - WE GOT EACH OTHER
b/w LET'S MAKE IT LAST
Saturday, June 4, 2011
I'm afraid that I know nothing of the Jessie Mae heard on this recording (not to be confused with blues singer Jessie Mae Hemphill).
Whoever this mysterious singer is, she delivers a STORM of a performance on this incredible record.
Thanks to google archiving old Billboard magazines, I learned that the DRA label A&R was run by DJ Al jarvis, who claims to have discovered Nat King Cole, Frankie Lane & Gogi Grant. He certainly found an INCREDIBLE singer in Jessie Mae. Please write if you know any more!
JESSIE MAE - DON'T FREEZE ON ME
Friday, June 3, 2011
Louisiana native Bobby Jones grew up in (and still performs based out of) Chicago. This record beautifully merges his deep southern vocals with the uptempo, uptown Chicago soul-blues of this era that is simply sublime.
There are so many incredible little touches in this record; the bongos, excellent female backing vocals, a great horn chart. I LIVE for this stuff. But you know that.
BOBBY JONES AND THE PARA-MOUNTS - BEWARE A STRANGER
Thursday, June 2, 2011
While this group was from Florida, this record channels Motown (especially the drive and enthusiasm of Martha & The Vandellas) like nobody's business!
The Mar-Vels worked as backing singers on many Miami sessions during their time together (c1962-c1969), and were renamed the Fabulettes when they were signed to Monument records (although they continued performing live as the Mar-Vels).
Glorious girl group greatness!
THE MAR-VELS - GO ON AND HAVE YOURSELF A BALL
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
What a voice!
Frank Dell was born in North Carolina, where he began his singing career performing throughout the south east. Eventually his group (The Essence) made it to New York City where they performed at the Apollo amateur night. Allegedly, the group was on to the fourth and final round when Frank had to return south to get back to college. By the time of this record, Frank did find his way back to New York, where he still resides and continues to perform.
FRANK DELL - BABY YOU'VE GOT IT