Wow, what a wonderful never-on-45 dancer! The whole album "Re-Light My Fire" is outstanding but this is my favourite track. A Mike Terry & Jo Armstead production, unfortunately it lasts 2:06 minutes only. Rhetta Hughes was an actress and starred in several Broadway musicals and TV shows. She also appeared in the Blaxploitation movie "Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song", directed by Melvin Van Peebles.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 8:13 AM
This record was written and produced by Detroit masters Lorraine Chandler and Jack Ashford for Soulville production. The result is a stupendous ballad, with a great crescendo. The flip, "I Need A True Love", is a great version of Eddie Parker's Triple B classic.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 7:50 AM
From a rare album (but a reissue should be easily obtainable), a storming instrumental version of the dance craze "funky 8 corners". Willie & the Mighty Magnificents were a New Jersey-based funk ensemble led by guitarist/vocalist Willie Feaster. The debut single "Check It Baby" is a Northern classic (but it is not included in the original LP).
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 6:31 AM
Charles Johnson is better known for his classic rarity "Never Had A Love So Good" on Alston but this slice of 80s soul is a premiere league record too. Recorded in Miami, Florida, "Good Good Lovin" is a sophisticated midtempo modern soul masterpiece.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 6:04 AM
Written by soul maestro Sam Dees, and produced by Major Lance and Otis Leavill, this 45 was popular at the Blackpool Mecca in 1975. A fabulous Chicago production that is getting again the attention it deserves. Innovation II delivered us several excellent sides.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 5:49 AM
A great vocalist associated with RNB, Soul, Jazz and Pop music. The album "Happy And In Love" came out in 1970 and was recorded in Hollywood, California with the production skills of Frank Clark and Art Freeman. A superb midtempo, written by Dee Ervin and Lynn Farr, and one of my favourite Gloria Lynne's song.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 1:33 AM
The Main Ingredient were one of the great soul groups of the 70s. Formerly known as The Insiders, they originated in Harlem . This track comes from theirs fifth album "Afrodisiac", recorded at legendary RCA's studios in New York City. Even if they are know as sweet soul masters, this is a fine dancer, not available on 45.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 12:51 AM
The Rotations' lead singer, Richard Parker, was a producer/songwriter from Detroit, who was brought to Philadelphia to work at Arctic Records by Jimmy Bishop. Parker was also actively involved with Honey & The Bees. The band had two other singles on Frantic, a subsidiary of Arctic.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 12:38 AM
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Down to New Orleans to pay homage to a very special singer with a track co-written by the legendary Richard Caiton. This could be massive if played at the right venues. I first read about it years ago on Derek Pearson's "Shades of Soul" thanks to Ian Clark's amazing reviews.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 7:54 AM
An absolute gem of a record, this is Chicago Soul at its best! The rarest of the 3 45s Gene Chandler made for Curtom, produced by himself. The piano solo at the end of the track is pure adrenalin. Played out by top djs like Soul Sam, Arthur Fenn and Mick H.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 7:27 AM
The album "Thank You" is sought after for the excellent last track on side 2, a perfect example of soulful crossover written by Bobby Powell and produced, like the rest of the album, by Lionel T. Whitfield. Bobby Powell, native of Louisiana, started singing when he was four years old. His musical education included The Southern University School for The Blind. He had a number one record with "C. C. Rider", that is included here.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 6:32 AM