"If life was at all fair Ural Thomas would be a household name, his music slotted into countless sweet, seductive mixtapes between James Brown, Otis Redding, and Stevie Wonder (all of whom Thomas has performed with.) Straddling the line between hot soul shouter and velvety-smooth crooner, Thomas released a few singles in the 60’s and early 70’s; most notably “Can You Dig It”, which featured backing vocals from soul luminaries Merry Clayton, Mary Wells and Brenda Holloway. Thomas played over forty shows at the legendary Apollo Theater before turning his back on an unkind business and heading home to Portland, OR." - [from Ural's Website]
The story of course goes on to tell the tale of Ural's more recent revival and a collaboration with drummer/DJ Scott Magee that quickly snowballed into the raging soul storm that is Ural Thomas & The Pain. It's an amazing little tell of perseverance, will power and sheer love for life. The last few years have finally been fortunate to a man who proved his worth many many moons ago but never got a fair shake at the time. Despite some delectable 60s deep soul offerings, today, at 80 years of age Ural is truly in his finest form. The group are gigging up and down the west coast in November so don't miss out if you're in that area ... and, if you buy just one record this year, follow that link above and buy the years best outing yet ... Ural Thomas & The Pain's 'The Right Time'.
Can You Dig It? is partitioned into 3 folders. Part 1 is Ural's four early 45s, the "Can You Dig It...Live" LP* from 1968 and his 1970 independently issued 45. Part 2 fast forwards to 2014 and features the live sessions and early studio takes that revitalized Ural's career and put The Pain on the map as a powerhouse group. Part 3 are the group's studio releases. The self titled LP (2016), 2 digital singles (2017) and the Vibrations 45 (2018). I've omitted the new LP with hopes of encouraging you all to purchase it via Ural's website. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and MP3 @ 320kbs*. Big thanks to soultime59, imnokid and bob for this one! Enjoy.
*Can You Dig It...Live LP @ 192kbs