Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Jesse Davis: Never Could Have Made It/Is This Love (Essence)

I felt in love with Jesse's music since the very first time I heard his Northern Soul anthem "Gonna Hang On In There Girl". This album was recorded in the beautiful city of San Diego and shows his marvellous voice on top form.
Never Could Have Made It
Is This Love

Beres Hammond: Don't Wait Too Long/Somebody Lied (Water Lily)

This is Beres Hammond's debut LP and is influenced by the music he grew up with. He is still in the business and has just issued a new double album.
Don't Wait Too Long
Somebody Lied

Sssence: What Love Has Joined Together/If You Want Me (Lance)

Obscure double sider from the Windy City, taken form an album that apparently was never released.
What Love Has Joined Together
If You Want Me

The Florida Spiritualaires: I Remember When (Ernie's Record Parade)

Great mid-seventies black gospel on a subsidiary of Nashboro Records. The group was organized by Reverend Fleming in the 60s.
I Remember When

Darrow Fletcher: It's No Mistake (Crossover)

A tasty midpace number issued by Ray Charles' famed label. If you like this do not miss the recent Kent CD "Crossover Records 1975-79 LA Soul Sessions" telling the whole story behind Darrow's Los Angeles years.
It's No Mistake

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pioneers: My Good Friend James (Mercury)

Written and produced by Eddy Grant, this is another great discovery of Pioneers' soul period at Mercury.
My Good Friend James

Lee Brackett: Save A Foolish Man/Ruby (Excello)

Super double sider on Excello, Nashboro Records R&B subsidiary. This single received a lot of interest in recent years. "Save A Foolish Man" is also available on the highly recommended Kent CD "Uptown Down South".
Save A Foolish Man

Will Hatcher: You Haven't Seen Nothin' Yet (Wheelsville)

Soul music is a family affair for Will Hatcher, being cousin of Edwin Starr and Roger Hatcher's brother. This single was issued in the late 70s on his own label (light blue copies are the original).
You Haven't Seen Nothin' Yet

Marvell Love: Gotta Have Love (New World)

The actual A side of this single is a very fast dancer and it was played at Wigan by Richard Searling. On the contrary "Gotta Have Love" is a jazzy midpacer that fits my taste. For anoraks, the song came out first on Sheri, with a different flipside.
Gotta Have Love

Frank Lynch: Young Girl (My Record)

You can read the very sad story behind this record thanks to Sir Hambling's Deep Soul Heaven.
Young Girl