(originally published 7/31/09)
While it's fun to own and collect "rare" records, I am always the first one to say that I love hit records of the sixties just as much as deep rarities. Just because a record is rare and sells for lots of money certainly doesn't make it great! Many super expensive 45's make me scratch my head at WHY they are so valuable. But, of course, there's also a few really expensive ones that more than likely I'll never be able to afford.
That said, I am proud to say that this is one of the rarest 45's in my collection, but it's SO GOOD. This was released right around the time that tiny little Swan records went belly up so more than likely very few got pressed. This song is yet another example of a song that with the right exposure probably would have been a massive hit. The song was written by the late great General Johnson, he of The Showmen and Chairmen Of The Board.
The 3 Degrees were formed in Philadelphia in 1963 and went through a few lineup changes (I believe this is their final record with the original lineup) before settling into their hit making mid '70's soul-disco sound.
THE 3 DEGREES - ARE YOU SATIS-FIED?