I found this 45 a couple of years ago in a US store for a mere $4, having heard it spun by Keith Money, one of my favourite DJs. They are a white band but this is an absolutely brilliant soul record. Pure class!
Friday, October 31, 2008
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 2:12 PM
Another crossover gem, this time from New York, with a super catchy groove. This has a lot of potential but did not reach the masses yet. It was issued in 1972 on the mighty Shout label. In the past it got several spins at Italian soul events.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 2:08 PM
Deep funk fanatics should go crazy for this! Leon and Levi Triplett were from South Side Chicago. Recently CDbaby issued a CD with the classic 70s recording "Get It". By the way, another wonderful label design, methinks.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 1:58 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, from Washington, DC the lovely Lovations! I discovered this record years ago thanks to a tape I received from soul connoisseur Dave Ripolles. A frantic crossover sound that should be a monster between funky soul lovers.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 1:35 PM
Written and produced by Ritchie Adams and Jerry Ross, this record stands in the shadows of Virgil Henry's other classic rarity "You Ain't Sayin' Nothin' New". A fabulous piece of vinyl, released in New York in 1969.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 1:33 PM
A Len Jewell Smith production, arranged by Godoy Colbert and issued by Ray Charles' Tangerine Records. This outstanding 45 got some spins in recent times. I am very glad record of this quality are popular in the scene.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 1:02 PM
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
A monster at Stafford (the label gave the name to Dave Thorley's Top Dog Soul club). This is the best release issued by this Detroit label owned by Artie Fields. Kris Peterson had other fine records (especially "Mama's Little Boy") and was guest vocalist with P-Funk and Frank Zappa.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 3:19 PM
Marie Adams started her career in Texas at the beginning of the 50s. She had several records out on Don Robey's Peacock Records and is considered one of the pioneers of R&B. In this particular occasion she is in company of Tommy Dodson. The result is an explosive rhytm & soul masterpiece. The label design is super cool too!
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 3:17 PM
Saturday, October 25, 2008
This time a record by a very famous artist, usually not associated with soul music. The 70s heralded a rebirth in Vaughan's career. In 1971, Bob Shad, who had worked as a producer with Vaughan during her contract with Mercury, asked her to record for his new label, Mainstream. The final result were five albums, including a live in Japan. This uplifting side is arranged by Gene page and shows Sarah's incredible vocal skills.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 9:51 AM
From Baltimore, Maryland a duo that had a series of singles on the local Ru-Jac label. This came out in 1970 on Ru-Jac and Mon'Ca and is a well constructed midtempo very popular between the crossover crowd.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 9:35 AM
A single that was popular at Stafford and another very tasty Windy City production that tells the story of a young soldier leaving his beloved for the Vietnam war. The Creations had several releases on different labels and this is probably the hardest to locate. I am sure all group soul harmony lovers will not miss it!
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 6:50 AM
Written and produced by Gene Dozier and Keni Lewis, this 45 came out in 1973 on a label distributed by the mighty Columbia Records. Keni Lewis, before going solo, was with Eddie Singleton's Shrine Records as a group member (The Cairos/ TheEnjoyables), writer, and arranger. Another highly recommended gem.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 6:33 AM
21st Century aka The Themes aka Soul Patrol. This band was active under different names in the 60s and 70s in the Los Angeles area. In 1968 they put out this great double sider on Lee Silver's Noel label (the flip is the storming "Coming Right Back"). Later the record was picked up by Dot for national distribution. There is also a stunning version by Minnie Jones on Sugar.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 6:05 AM
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Curtis Mayfield needs no presentation, he has been one of the originators of soul music. This is a great version of one of his classic, sung by a young lady that had another record on Scepter's sister label Wand. It would sound perfect in the soundtrack of a Blaxploitation movie.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 11:41 PM
Saturday, October 11, 2008
When Jetstar closed down in 1969 Bobby produced an album on himself and with his own financial backing. He took the tapes to Los Angeles and New York but, on returning to South, he realised that he would be better off with a southern-based company. In 1971 he negotiated a deal with Stan Lewis, president of the increasingly powerful Jewel-Paula complex of labels. The result was one of the best soul albums ever committed to vinyl, containing gems like "Everything Good To You", "I Just Loved You Because I Wanted To", and "I Get My Groove From You". There is also a very good version of the last-named by Bobby Shannon on To-Mar.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 1:43 AM
One of the last records issued by this highly collectable Windy City label, located at 1450 South Michigan, Chicago in an area known as Record Row because of the large amount of record labels based there. A very good midtempo crossover floater with plenty of strings.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 1:42 AM
David Morris was the lead singer of A Brother's Guiding Light and had other singles under his own name including Midnight Lady on Buddah. This one was recorded live and is a very infectious tune with that groovy organ doing the job.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 1:40 AM
A classic album full of soulful ballads, cut at the Sound Pit, Atlanta, Georgia, with the production of Chicago based Floyd Smith. The tracks we have chosen were both written by Frank Johnson and are superb examples of midtempo magic.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 1:39 AM
From Columbus, Ohio a crossover classic that was recorded in 1969. When this was discovered it a was a big ticket item. Then a bunch of copies turned up and now is available at a reasonable price. The label had other interesting releases.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 1:38 AM
This is the flip side of the indemand "Making My Daydream Real". A very good tune too, written and produced by Landy McNeal. The band featured Bill McEachern who was a member of the Odissey.
Posted by Stefano Oggiano at 1:36 AM