Sunday, January 9, 2011

The Round Robin Monopoly: I'd Rather Loan You Out/People Do Change (Truth)

Round Robin Monopoly was the band of Robin Lloyd (Round Robin). He was a Los Angeles-based singer who got his start in the early 60’s. This album was produced by Willie Hall, who played drums with The Bar-Kays and Isaac Hayes, and contains a couple of excellent soul tracks ("I'd Rather Loan.." was issued as a single too).
I'd rather loan you out
people do change

Black Nasty: It Must Be Love/I Have No Choice (Enterprise)

Produced and arranged by Johnnie Mae Matthews and Sir Mack Rice, two Detroit soul legends, the album "Talking To The People" was issued in 1973 by the mighty Stax Records and is a good mix of funk and soul. The version of "I Have No Choice" is absolutely brilliant!
it must be love
I have no choice

Floyd Beck: Show Me/For You (Timeless)

This the rarest of the two singles Floyd had on this tiny independent label. Floyd grew up in the Hill District of Pittsburgh and wanted to emulate George Benson, who was a bit older than him. During his career he left Philadelphia and moved to Florida. Unfortunately Rev. Floyd Beck passed away on September 2005.
show me
for you

The Perfections: Can This Be Real/Till I Get Home (Calgar)

An outstanding double sider that deserves much more attention than it has had till now. The official A side is a soulful stepper while the flip is a rousing dancer with falsetto vocals. The latter was included in one of Goldmine Soul Supply's Modern Soul CDs.
can this be real
till I get home

J. Jocko: I'm Gettin' Over (Kama Sutra)

Taken from the album "That's The Song" (looking at the terrible cover you would never guess it contains something of interest for the soul boys!), this is a great piece of modern soul, with an uplifting crescendo. The single version is shorter and the mix is slightly different. Vocalist and drummer Jocko Marcellino was one of the founder of rock and roll group Sha Na Na.
I'm gettin' over