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Wednesday, November 29, 2017


(originally posted 2/2010)

My original writeup (below) was written before I knew that the glorious lead vocals here were contributed by none other than Motown maven Brenda Holloway (and that there's also another Wooden Nickels 45 that is OK, but not on the level of this one). As Brenda was under contract to Motown at the time, her appearance here was uncredited. I've proclaimed this to be my favorite 45 of all time more than once.

Here is perhaps one of the ultimate one-off records. Other than being a staple of collectors' want lists around the world for many years, no one seems to know ANYTHING about this group.

Vault records was located in Los Angeles, so it's safe to say this is an L.A area record. The song was written by Chester & Gary Pipkin who started out in doo wop groups and ended up becoming versatile composers throughout the 60's and beyond.

One thing that is certain is that this is one of the hottest 45's of the 60's; the band is cookin, and the female lead/ male backing vocals are uplifting to put it mildly. The low-fi recording only adds to the excitement (part of this may be some groove damage to my copy but with a record like this, no big deal. This is a record that I just wanna hear over and over again, LOUD.

from 1966...


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