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Saturday, November 18, 2017

SHARON TANDY - GOTTA GET ENOUGH TIME

Here's one that's never been previously featured here. A scarce record, took me quite a while to score a copy.

While Sharon Tandy is best known for the immortal freakbeat classic 'Hold On' (a devastating record), she cut several more excellent sides, many of which were backed by the legendary Les Fleur De Lys (who back her up again on this monster).

Starting out with a funky, solo wah wah'ed guitar, the band and Sharon kick in with a HEAVY groove and OWN the next 2:15 with a massive performance.

Sharon Tandy has an interesting story as well. Born in South Africa, Sharon appeared in a South African beat film while still a teen, and then relocated to the UK at the insistence of her management. Sharon met with moderate success, and was lucky enough to record at Stax studios in Memphis in 1966.

from 1969...

SHARON TANDY - GOTTA GET ENOUGH TIME

Thursday, November 16, 2017

JIMMY DOBBINS - LITTLE MISS PERFECT


(originally posted 6/19/2008)

Here's what I wrote originally:

Phew, is THIS one red hot mystery record! It's a Chicago release, and I'm gonna guess it was released around 1965. Haven't been able to find any info about the artist at all (other than he cut a few more sides, but in the mid-'70's). Just when you think they cant possibly cook any more, they throw in the whoa whoa whoas and we're left picking up a roomful of rubble from the devastation.

One of the coolest things about all of my years featuring records on this blog was when the artists or their relatives would contact me. Shortly after the posting, I received these messages:

"This Is my GrandFather his stage name was Jimmy Dobbins but everyone knew him as Jimmy Brown, He is Deceased now, he died in 1995 My name is Devin Brown and i inherited his amazing vocals"

"He was Born 1945 in Jackson Mississippi,
But after he Graduated from High he moved to Gary Indiana, which is where he met my Grandmother, and they moved to Chicago thus, My uncle, Jimmy Brown Jr. was born,1967, then My Mother, Jaconna Brown was Born in 1969.Most of the love songs he made were dedicated to my grandmother"

Pretty cool, huh?

from 1965...

JIMMY DOBBINS - LITTLE MISS PERFECT

Sunday, November 12, 2017

THE BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD - MR. SOUL (Happy birthday NEIL YOUNG!)

(originally featured early on in this blog, sometime in 2007)

Happy birthday Neil! Such an inspiration to so many of us. Whether he's pulling at our heart strings with a gorgeous acoustic ballad, blowing the roof off with Crazy Horse, gettin' freaky with a vocoder, or kicking out a freakbeat side such as this, Neil RULES.

On it's own, 'Mr Soul' is one of THE classic '60's rock n roll tracks; of course it was heavily influenced by 'Satisfaction', but Neil and the Springfield take it someplace entirely different; the alienation of stardom, which is a world that Neil has revisited several times in his career. Dewey Martin clearly shows off his soul fanaticism with a drum performance that's straight outta Stax, Bruce Palmer freaks out on bass, and the three guitarist/ vocalist, driven by talent and ego, turn in a performance for the ages.

Even cooler is that the 45 features an alternate guitar solo that is less 'to the gut' and more tripped out psychedelia.

from 1967...

THE BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD - MR. SOUL


Bonus! Here are two other examples of Neil 45's with a different mix ('Cinammon Girl'), and an exclusive live performance ('Last Trip To Tulsa')
 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

EVIE SANDS - PICTURE ME GONE




(originally posted 9/2008)

Evie Sands has had a fascinating career in which there were far too many near misses, mostly due to competing versions of the same songs by other artists released at the same time. However, her records have grown legendary throughout the years, and for good reason! Evie is still out there performing; she was a true pioneer in that she's not only an incredible vocalist but also a highly skilled guitarist.

Transcendent is the only way to describe this one. A masterpiece in production (reminds me of what a Brian Wilson/ Phil Spector/ Motown collaboration would sound like), this song is infectious and jaw dropping. Quite possibly the best fake out ending on record, too.

from 1965...

EVIE SANDS - PICTURE ME GONE

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

BIG ELLA - TOO HOT TO HOLD


Alright! Sorry for the gap in posts... Back with a red hot side that has never been previously featured here.

Big Ella (Ervaerlla Tate) is a bit of a mystery figure; she cut 3 singles in the late 60's and qwuickly disappeared from the world of recorded music.

Being as Bobby Rush is listed as writer and producer, it's safe to say that this is a Chicago joint.

The best story though is in the grooves; 'Too Hot To Hold' is a scorching, intense slab of sister funk with an incredible vocal and a band that can easily give the JB's a good bit of competition.

from 1969...

BIG ELLA - TOO HOT TO HOLD