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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

ANDRE WILLIAMS - YOU GOT IT AND I WANT IT


With a career that spans thru seven(!) decades, Andre Williams has seen the entire progression of r&b throughout his life. Sidelined by drug addiction, the man came back from being homeless on the streets of Chicago to releasing some fine music in the last ten years (and exposed himself to a whole new crowd/ generation in the process).

Sounding like a mad Detroit soul werewolf on this track, Andre gets LEWD and LASCIVIOUS about some fine young thing, resulting in a slamming track with some amazing Detroit style backing vocals and that CRACKING snare drum.

from 1967...

ANDRE WILLIAMS - YOU GOT IT AND I WANT IT

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

OUR LADIES OF SOUL - LET'S GROOVE TOGETHER


Sometimes an intro is SO strong that it MAKES the song for me. This intro brings me to me knees, sounding as if the song starts in progress, in full flight mode. Everything that comes afterwords is pure icing; heavenly female voices (including Theresa Davis, later of The Emotions) floating angelically over a typically swinging Chicago soul track.

Apparently this was the ONLY release from this group, which is a pity.

from 1969...

OUR LADIES OF SOUL - LET'S GROOVE TOGETHER

THE BANG single for those who don't own a turntable!


If you don't own a turntable, the debut single from bay area girl group THE BANG (featuring your host, Derek See on guitar/ keyboards/ mixing board) is available NOW!!! It's available as a digital download from Bandcamp here: ANOTHER NOTCH ON HIS BELT

Use the code - webpromo - for 10% off!

Monday, August 29, 2011

BARBARA HALL - YOU BROUGHT IT ON YOURSELF


The triumvirate of talent listed on the label here is staggering; the record is produced by Chicago soul legends Major Lance and Otis Leavill, and the song is written by southern soul legend Sam Dees (whose "Lonely For You" is a past 45 of the day and one of my all time favorites).

Added to this list of greats, Georgia born singer Barbara Hall delivers the vocal of this great song to perfection. All the ingredients were here for a hit, but sadly the record never took off. A pity, as this record is oozing pure CLASS and combines the strong songwriting of the sixties with the "modern" sound.

from 1975...

BARBARA HALL - YOU BROUGHT IT ON YOURSELF

Sunday, August 28, 2011

GIN & THE GENTS - BOY AND GIRL b/w DREAMS FOR SALE


The only things I know about this group is that they were from Greensboro, North Carolina, and that female singer Gin (Virginia Massey) joined up with a group called The African Americans to become Gin & The Gents. This (glorious) 45 was their only release, although the Gents became The Versatile Gents around 1968.

This is a downright perfect one off record; "Boy And Girl" is a gorgeous sweet soul number with incredible harmonies, and "Dreams For Sale" is a lovable uptempo shot.

from 1967...

BOY & GIRL

b/w

DREAMS FOR SALE

Friday, August 26, 2011

THE BANG: ANOTHER NOTCH ON HIS BELT 45 available NOW!


After a long delay (THANKS to those who pre-ordered and were so patient!) debut 45 from bay area girl group THE BANG (featuring your host, Derek See on guitar/ keyboards/ mixing board) is available NOW!!! Each one individually kissed, and limited to 200 copies. Also available as a digital download from Bandcamp here: ANOTHER NOTCH ON HIS BELT

Here's a sample for your listening pleasure:


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OTIS REDDING - SHOUT BAMALAMA


Two years before his "discovery" at Stax records, Otis Redding recorded two singles with The Pinetoppers, and this is the second of those releases and in my opinion the one that Otis was first able to BE Otis Redding. The performance drips soul, sweat and sex.

My copy was issued in the UK by Sue Records, which is an interesting story in itself. Sue (US) was founded in New York by producer Juggy Murray in the late 50's. The moniker was adopted by Island Records in the UK c19http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif63 to begin releasing official Sue product in the UK, and also as a means of http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.giflicensing US records from small labels as a way to satiate the r&b/ soul hungry UK market. It certainly didn't hurt THIS record that by the time of its UK release (1964) Otis was a rising international star.

from 1960...

OTIS REDDING - SHOUT BAMALAMA



Thursday, August 25, 2011

THE CATALINAS - YOU HAVEN'T THE RIGHT


Hailing from Charlotte, NC, the Catalinas are a staple of the southeastern coast
"beach music" scene since their formation in 1957. As with any long running group, the band has seen numerous personnel and stylistic changes throughout the years. Since 1965, the group has been headed by a man named Gary Baker whose blue eyed soul influence has driven this particular side into not only one of the key beach music tracks, but yet another one that crossed over into becoming a northern soul favorite in 70's England.

This record resonates as one that makes it easy to close the eyes, listen and imagine a balmy night on the coast, dancing with a lovely southern belle while the waves gently crash in the background. Lovely stuff indeed.

from 1966...

THE CATALINAS - YOU HAVEN'T THE RIGHT



Wednesday, August 24, 2011

THE MIGHTY CRAVERS - SOUL FOOD


Some records make you think; other make you cry. Some records will knock you in their tracks with their expressions of pure emotion, some simply stomp. THIS is the latter!

New York City/ Bronx singer Rex Garvin's career started while he was a teen singing doo wop, and he continued well into the soul era before retiring from music around 1971, leaving behind some incredibly raw and raucous 45's such as this gem. Just take a listen with headphones and hear how his vocal mic seems to pick up every breath and even what sounds like a few bumps into the microphone; what spirit! And how fantastic are those backing vocals????

from 1963...

THE MIGHTY CRAVERS - SOUL FOOD


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

IN TRIBUTE TO JERRY LIEBER : BEN E. KING - GYPSY



One of the true giants of the music business, Jerry Lieber, has passed (along with another giant songwriter, Nick Ashford. See below post).

One of the truly poetic lyricists, Lieber had a way of conveying some of the strongest seemingly intangible emotions into his songs ("Stand By Me" and "Spanish Harlem") and also showed a wicked sense of humor in his work for the Coasters. When the names Lieber-Stoller appear on the label, it's a stamp of quality.

On today's entry, Lieber and Stoller are joined by two other giants- Bert Berns and Ahmet Ertegun (under his 'Nugetre" pseudonym), for another fantastic example of Lieber's pure poetry. Ben E. King also proved to be the perfect foil to deliver these lyrics, both solo and with the Drifters.

Thanks for all the incredible songs, Mr. Lieber. The world is a far better place thanks to you.

from 1963...

BEN E. KING - GYPSY



Monday, August 22, 2011

REPOST: VALERIE & NICK - I'LL FIND YOU (Nick Ashford, RIP)



So Sad to hear that we lost not only Jerry Leiber but also Nick Ashford.


(originally posted in 2009)
Shortly before they wrote such classics as "I Don't Need No Doctor", "California Soul" (one of my all time faves) and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" (among others), Valerie (Simpson) and Nick (Ashford) released this incredible debut record as a duo for a tiny label. Can't say that I'm a fan of latter day Ashford & Simpson joints, but their writing throughout the sixties was at that level that very few ever achieve.

What a start they had on this great record!

from 1964...

VALERIE & NICK - I'LL FIND YOU

GENE CHANDLER - BABY, I STILL LOVE YOU


Even though the great Gene Chandler's hitmaking days had ended by the time he began recording for Curtom Records in 1973, it didn't stop him from releasing this great record that deserved to do far better commercially than it did. A great intro leads into some truly fantastic late period Chicago soul.

from 1973...

GENE CHANDLER - BABY, I STILL LOVE YOU

Saturday, August 20, 2011

LEA ROBERTS - ALL RIGHT NOW


I'm afraid that I don't have any information at all about Lea Roberts, other than that her tracks were recorded in Los Angeles. With a BIG voice that approaches the power of Aretha, she should have had more commercial success. This single takes the soulful sound heard in Free's classic "All Right Now" and multiplies it to the 10th power, beaming it far into the soul stratosphere. Quite raw for the mid-70's as well!

from 1975...

LEA ROBERTS - ALL RIGHT NOW

Friday, August 19, 2011

DOTTIE CAMBRIDGE - CRY YOUR EYES OUT


I won't get into the despicable, downright unforgivable acts that producer Huey P Meaux landed in prison for, but there is no denying that the man was an absolute genius in the studio, as records by Barbara Lynn, The Sir Douglas Quintet and dozens upon dozens of others testify to. On this glorious record, Huey and singer Dorothy Moore (renamed Dottie here, fresh out of girl group The Poppies and before her definitive reading of "Misty Blue" in 1975) create a near perfect forgery of the Detroit sound, albeit one that was undoubtedly cut in the deep south of Huey's home base.

from 1967...

DOTTIE CAMBRIDGE - CRY YOUR EYES OUT

Thursday, August 18, 2011

DEE CLARK - WARM SUMMER BREEZES


Dee Clark's records tend to be on the poppier end of pop-soul, but something about this record is just so beautifully compelling to me, and as summer is coming to a close it especially sounds good. Sadly, even though this Chicago soul legend scored a massive crossover hit with "Raindrops", he was virtually penniless at the time of his death in 1990, and was still working one nighters, even after suffering a stroke in 1987. It's truly heartbreaking to hear stories like this about musicians who give so much pleasure from entertainment in their lives, and suffer at the hands of a worthless medical system in the United States. Human beings truly deserve better.

This record showcases the genius arranging talents of Johnny Pate; a name that, when it graces a label, almost always guarantees a fantastic sound. I especially love the intro; it has that feel as though the song starts already in progress, and the fantastic vocals and twangy 6-string bass/ baritone guitar line is just too cool.

from 1964...

DEE CLARK - WARM SUMMER BREEZES

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

THE VANGUARDS - THE THOUGHT OF LOSING YOUR LOVE b/w IT'S TOO LATE FOR LOVE


I found it impossible to pick a favorite side of this glorious 45, which left me with no other choice than to feature both sides. The two sides show that this talented group was equally adept at both ballads and uptempo numbers. Both are intense and executed with soul dripping off of the grooves.

Unfortunately, that's about ALL I know about this record, other than that The Vanguards were based in Indiana (probably Indianapolis) and they have one other release that sells for BIG money ($1500 or so).

THE VANGUARDS - THE THOUGHT OF LOSING YOUR LOVE




b/w IT'S TOO LATE FOR LOVE

THE CREATION - LIFE IS JUST BEGINNING


Yesterday, Eddie Phillips (Creation guitarist and a true musical hero/ influence of mine) celebrated a birthday and I do believe it is apropos to keep the celebration going for one more day.

This single combines the Creation's amazing beat tendencies and mixes in with the ever present '66/'67 orchestrated sounds ala Sgt Pepper/ Pet Sounds and yields glorious results.

This song showed a remarkable progression in the group's sound (while remaining true to their roots) and is a lost classic of the time.

from 1967...

THE CREATION- LIFE IS JUST BEGINNING

Sunday, August 14, 2011

THE NEW CONCEPTS - GIVE ME ANOTHER CHANCE


I'm afraid that I have no info on this group, other than that they recorded two singles for Philips records and were yet another Chicago group.

As I am a fanatic of group harmony, this record rates VERY high for its gorgeous harmony on top of a very strong song. Sounds like it could be Bernard Reed on bass as well, but that's merely speculation on my part.

Luckily, my copy plays much better than it looks!

from 1968...

THE NEW CONCEPTS - GIVE ME ANOTHER CHANCE

Saturday, August 13, 2011

BARBARA ACKLIN - RAINDROPS


Brilliant Chicago soulstress Barbara Acklin made a return to her classic late '60's sound with this mid-70's release; soul had changed so much in such a few short years, but occasional numbers such as this ("Flowers" by the Emotions also springs to mind) kept the faith burning for the "classic" sound into the modern era, with a tasteful amount of the sound that was more contemporary at the time.

Simply gorgeous.

from 1974...

BARBARA ACKLIN - RAINDROPS

Friday, August 12, 2011

ROCKIN' ROBIN ROBERTS - MARY ANNE



This is a record that I never thought I would feature here, but I keep hundreds (actually at this point probably thousands but who's counting) of 45's "on deck" for possible placement. What sparked me to post it, you may ask? Here I am, on tour again far from home where my MP3 player (a cozy, necessary evil if there ever was one, and always set on shuffle play) popped this one on and just the sheer urgency of Rockin' Robin's voice truly stopped me in my tracks. The other side of the record may be more famous- it's the first Pacific Northwest cover of Richard Berry's "Louie Louie"- but THIS side is THE ONE for this listener. Ray Charles original (one of my all time favorite recordings) is tough to match, and frankly, they don't come close to capturing the slinky Latin vibe of Brother Ray (and honestly, who could?) but what we have here is something different and, arguably, just as vital. This record was also the first release on the legendary Etiquette label.

The band (Seattle's Wailers, not to be confused with Kingston's reggae giants of the same name) come close to inventing garage soul in their sloppy but charming (ragged and right) instrumental backing, but this Rockin' Robin character just whips up a FRENZY with his incredibly yearning, aching and soulful vocal.

Sadly, New York native Roberts recorded a mere six sides before leaving music to concentrate on a career in science- he relocated to San Francisco in 1967 where he met a tragic end in a car crash the following year.

from 1961...

ROCKIN' ROBIN ROBERTS - MARY ANNE

Thursday, August 11, 2011

THE ASTORS - MORE POWER TO YOU


Formed in the late 50's and going through two names before settling on The Astors (originally the Duntinos then The Chips, after producer Chips Moman) The Astors were a unique artist on the Stax roster in that they featured such strong group harmony. Most Stax acts concentrated on solo stars (and one very famous duo), not vocal groups. Sadly, the Astors never got to record enough sides to make the large mark that they deserved (I featured "In The Twilight Zone" here a few years ago, and have always held their biggest hit "Candy" in my back pocket as a potential future 45 of the day). This was their final release.

This track beautifully shows off their fantastic vocals as well as the incredible musical backing of the Stax house band, aka Booker T & The MG's.

For further reading, there's a great history of the Astors HERE.

from 1967...

THE ASTORS - MORE POWER TO YOU

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

RUBEN WRIGHT - I'M WALKING OUT ON YOU


Based in New York City, Ruben Wright's career began in the doo wop era, and after a gap of a few years came back and recorded 4 singles for Capitol during the soul era.

Ruben's vocal delivery of this song is interesting; it's almost as if he's singing a deep ballad over an uptempo track in his slow delivery! Sounds a bit odd at first, but after a few listens I really grew to love its uniqueness.


from 1966...

RUBEN WRIGHT - I'M WALKING OUT ON YOU



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

WILSON PICKETT - LET ME BE YOUR BOY


After the Wicked Pickett's hit single making prowess was proved with the sides he began cutting for Atlantic Records in 1964, Verve licensed this single from Detroit's Correc-Tone label that was Wilson's debut release after leaving the Falcons, cut in 1962. With the rapidly changing sounds of the mid-60's, one would think that a record cut in 1962 would sound out of touch with the current styles. However, this record was quite ahead of its' time, in that it shows a hint of Jamaican style blue beat. The blue beat sound was also heard on another Correc-Tone release from this era; Gino Washington's original recording of "Puppet On A String". Like that record, this one also has The Supremes on backing vocals!

This excellent track also shows another side of Pickett's vocals, a smoother side if you will, that was never heard again in his discography.

from 1962/1966...

WILSON PICKETT - LET ME BE YOUR BOY



Monday, August 8, 2011

THE NASHVILLE TEENS - FIND MY WAY BACK HOME


Not from Nashville, not from the US and not teens by the time of this recording, this group from the rustic/ posh area Surrey region of South London (most known for their hit recording of "Tobacco Road") laid it down THICK on this side of British beat beauty.

The Nashville Teens, while living/ performing in Hamburg, also backed Jerry lee Lewis on the killer's proto-punk "Live At The Star Club" record; the group was also an a-list choice for backing other American stars while performing in Europe (Chuck Berry, Carl Perkins). Judging by the excellent musicianship of their singles (as well as the Jerry Lee LP) shows this group could PLAY.

from 1965...

THE NASHVILLE TEENS - FIND MY WAY BACK HOME

Sunday, August 7, 2011

CHRISTINE KITTRELL - IT'S NOBODY'S FAULT


Short and to the the point, this excellent track from Nashville's Christine Kittrell were cut a few years after she had left r&b music (she had a massive hit in 1952 with "Sitting Here Drinking" and toured the south relentlessly for a few years) behind to sing gospel. It is unclear where these sessions were cut, although production-wise they sound like the type of recordings that were being cut in Chicago by VJ at this time (no producer or arranger is listed).

Whatever the story, it's one RED HOT record showcasing the brassy vocals of Christine; she released one more secular record for King/ Federal in 1965, was wounded while entertaining the troops in Vietnam in 1967, then retired from music entirely in 1968.

from 1962...

CHRISTINE KITTRELL - IT'S NOBODY'S FAULT

Saturday, August 6, 2011

ATOMIC ROOSTER - DEVIL'S ANSWER


Sprouting from the personnel of THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN (specifically keyboardist Vincent Crane, who was the only mainstay in the lineage of 'Rooster), this UK group were part of the movement that saw psychedelic rock morph into more "progressive" sounds. HOWEVER, this single (a top ten hit in the UK) harkens back to the beat era and to these ears I would classify it as a fantastic English soul track that, with its steady beat, could also fall into the category of early proto-disco discs.

from 1971...

ATOMIC ROOSTER - DEVIL'S ANSWER

Friday, August 5, 2011

THE POINTER SISTERS - SEND HIM BACK


I always find it impressive when groups or artists are able to adapt into other style variations during a long career. While I personally may not like the results, that's beside the point. Sounds and styles change, and a living must be made. The Pointer Sisters morphed thru soul, funk, disco, electro and pop throughout their career and had many hits along the way.

While this early side wasn't a hit per se, it's THE ONE as far as collectors, aficionado's and those who just wanna GET DOWN to some fine soulful sounds. Here we find the Oakland group teamed up with NOLA's Wardell Quezergue for this brilliant meeting of west coast and New Orleans soul. Special mention must be made of those heavenly sisterly harmonies and bass playing that deserves an award.

from 1972...

THE POINTER SISTERS - SEND HIM BACK

Thursday, August 4, 2011

ETTA JAMES - SECURITY



Looks as though report's of Etta's death were a HOAX. Makes it easier to enjoy this incredible take on this song!

from 1968...

ETTA JAMES - SECURITY

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

THE MARVELLOS - YOU'RE SUCH A SWEET THING


While The Marvellos (not to be confused with Chicago group The Marvelows/ who renamed themselves the Mighty Marvelows to avoid confusion with the Marvellos) were a Los Angeles group, they concoct such a Motor-City like sound on this record that one would be excused to automatically assume this is a Detroit record.

From the Marv Tarplin-like guitar line at the intro, to the lovely vibraphone and the stomping beat, this is one of the finest "Motown West" records cut during the golden era. The Marvellos themselves were made up of a group of singers whose voices blended so well in harmony, special mention to be made of the strong and clear tenor lead and the group's excellent bass singer.

A sweet thing indeed, and guaranteed to put a smile on your face while you clap along.

from 1966...

THE MARVELLOS - YOU'RE SUCH A SWEET THING

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

NOW - GIRL YOU SURE TURN ME ON pt1


I'm afraid to say that I know nothing at all about this record. Looking at a discography for other releases on the FEE label shows a few familiar Detroit names, so I'm gonna guess that this is a Detroit record.

Whatever its pedigree, this record is a super cool mover with excellent vocals and instrumental work.

The date is from another website, and may or may not be correct.

from 1974...

NOW - GIRL YOU SURE TURN ME ON pt1

Monday, August 1, 2011

POP FIVE MUSIC INCORPORATED - ORANGE


Thanks to a very friendly record store in Lisbon (my friend Hugo @ Louie Louie Records), I was hipped to this fantastic side of Portugese psych.

This group, during their time in the late 60's and early 70's, were thought by most critics and fans to be the greatest rock group in Portugal, and this record makes it easy to see why, as it is a swirling, mind melting masterpiece. It's taken from a highly collectible LP release, as well.

from 1971...

POP FIVE MUSIC INCORPORATED - ORANGE