Sunday, May 20, 2012

Dayton: Promise Me/Caught In The Middle (Capitol)

Both tracks of the group's most acclaimed album are fine examples of 80s black music not killed by electronic effects and synthesizers that sound so dated today. Of course the band was from Dayton, Ohio.
promise me
caught in the middle

Bobby Glenn: Hey Love!/Sounds Like A Love Song (Koala)

"Hey Love!" is the best song of Bobby Glenn's debut and only album. It was written by Earth, Wind & Fire members Ralph Johnson (drums, percussion) and Philip Bailey (vocals, conga, percussion) and by Douglas Gibbs, another talented singer and songwriter. The emotional ballad "Sounds Like A Love Song" is the other noteworthy track of the LP. Koala Records was based in Los Angeles and is well known between funk and soul collectors.
hey love!
sounds like a love song

H. Andrews And Company: Steppin' Out (Balance)

Harold Andrews is highly respected between the crossover brigade for his other two singles on Bay Area based Balance Records "I'm So Tired Of Being Lonely" and "It Took You", a super rare 45 played by Soul Sam. He also wrote the 1985 modern soul favourite "Ain't Gonna Be No Fool (For You)", credited to Hank Gray and performed by the Fabulous Play Mates. "Steppin' Out" is a terrific stepper that shines bright in his discography.
steppin' out

Chuck Corby: Complete Opposites (Chess)

Chuck Corby (real name Charles Anthony Ciorra) is one of many soul artists of Italian origin. He started singing at the age of 8 and had plenty of records through the golden age of our music. This single came out in 1969 for one of Chicago's finest labels. For further investigations check his website here
complete opposites

Denise La Salle: Count Down (And Fly Me To The Moon) (Chess)

This is the last of three 45s Denise LaSalle did for Chess at the beginning of her career. It was issued in 1968 and sounds à la page and very stylish for the time, being a classy crossover with a subtle layer of funk. Demand is growing for quality records like this.
count down