Saturday, 24 February 2018

Make It Last

UPDATED June 23, 2020 This is the second in a long procession of re-vamped collections and it's going all the way back to the beginning. I do believe this was actually the second artist retrospective I posted on the blog, so it's a a fitting one to re-visit. The Vibrations were by far one of the finer vocal groups out of California in the 60s. Dynamic showmen in their prime, with a bulky repertoire of diverse material -- and champions of the northern soul scene -- these cats dialed down the D-Town sound better than most anyone in Michigan. Later in their career they even recorded under Gamble & Huff for a spell in the late 60s / early 70s. Let's dig in ... again!


Centered around frontman James Johnson, the group initially began recording as The Jayhawks, and had a hit on Flash Records in 1956 with "Stranded In The Jungle" (US #18). Further singles for the label were less successful. The following year the group recorded a pair of singles with Earl Palmer for Aladdin Records and in 1958, with a modified line-up, did a stint with Eastman Records as 'The Cleechays/Cleeshays. Supporting Danny Tyrell for a single, Sonny Knight on another and releasing one on their own. After another line-up adjustment, the group reverted to their ABC-Paramount alias of 'The Vibes' for a few singles in 1959. With another line-up change in 1960, The Vibrations were born. The quintet's members included Don Bradley, Carl Fisher, Dave Govan, James Johnson and Ricky Owens. Though signed to Checker with several minor success', the group also recorded under the name 'The Marathons' for Arvee Records. And as luck would have it, in 1961 both groups had concurrent hit singles. The Vibrations charted with "The Watusi" (US #25), while The Marathons made good on "Peanut Butter" (US #20) written by Hidle Brown Barnum, Martin Cooper, Fred Smith and Cliff Goldsmith. The Marathons of course, did not go the distance. By 1963 the lads were fully committed to The Vibrations with about a dozen singles under their belt, plus a pair for Atlantic which went a long way towards bringing The Vibrations to new audiences. In 1964 they signed with Okeh Records and embarked on a prolific period, churning out three full length albums and a dozen more singles in just a little over a two year stretch. Their 1968 track "Cause You're Mine" for Epic Records -- although originally on Okeh Records -- is listed as # 48 in The Northern Soul Top 500 by Kev Roberts. "This track knocks you sideways by the 4th bar and continues to race against time, leaving you collapsed in a heap of delight!". I'm inclined to agree with Kev here, though I'd rank this track somewhere in the top 10. From 1969 to 1970 the group briefly recorded for Neptune Records (Gamble & Huff) where they released a few singles. All of which are fairly decent despite completely missing the charts. The Vibrations briefly broke up in 1971. At this time, Owens became a member of the Temptations, although he was let go after his first few engagements. Owens and the other Vibrations regrouped and continued, releasing the album Taking A New Step on Mandala Records in 1972. A single for North Bay was released late that same year and then a final single came from The Vibrations in 1974 courtesy of Chess Records. They spent a couple years in the nightclub circuit but officially called it quits in 1976. Ricky Owens died in 1996. David Govan died in 2009, and James Johnson is also deceased. On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed The Vibrations among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.

Make It Last is the full-meal deal! Completely re-vamped and re-assembled from scratch ... to simply say "improvements/additions" would be a gross understatement. All five albums remastered (with both stereo and mono versions for the Okeh LP's), a complete singles collection (greatly improved and including close to ten unissued cuts), the lone LP as by The Marathons (also remastered) and as an added bonus, a makeshift discography collection covering the Jayhawks/Cleeshays/Vibes recordings. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Gusto's Groovy Gumbo Volume 17


01. Rudy Stewart - 1967 - A Strong Man's Tears Fall Dry
02. Stu Gardner - 1970 - Expressin' My Love
03. Lee Moses - 1967 - Never In My Life
04. Doris Allen - 1969 - Shell Of A Woman
05. Brenda George - 1971 - I Can't Stand It (I Can't Take It No More)
06. Shelley Fisher - 1970 - I'll Leave You Girl
07. Tower Of Power - 1970 - Knock Yourself Out
08. Gene Chandler - 1969 - In My Body's House
09. The Nite-Liters - 1973 - Damn
10. Merry Clayton - 1970 - I've Got Life
11. The Loving Sisters - 1973 - Try Again
12. Alvin Robinson - 1970 - Tuned In Turned On
13. Oscar Bishop - 1969 - Gonna Have To Put You Down
14. Jay Dee Bryant - 1965 - Get It
15. Lula Reed - 1964 - Baby Baby
16. Etta James & Riley Hampton Orchestra - 1961 - Something's Got A Hold On Me
17. The Isley Brothers - 1962 - Right Now
18. The Falcons - 1962 - (I Don't Want No) Part Time Love
19. Willie Small - 1965 - Say You Will
20. Trudy Lynn - 1973 - What A Waste
21. Sugar Pie DeSanto - 1974 - Git Back (192kbs)
22. Sam Dees - 1972 - What Goes Around Comes Around
23. Parliament - 1972 - Unfinished Instrumental
24. Spencer Wiggins - 1970 - Hit & Run
25. Syl Johnson - 1971 - We Do It Together
26. Millie Jackson - 1973 - I Cry

(mp3 @ 320kbs unless otherwise noted)

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Do It Right Now

Doing something a little different and I'm gonna 'Do It Right Now'

To the best of my knowledge for the first time anywhere ever, we have a complete collection of The Sisters Love recordings from 1968 to 1975. There's not a whole lot of information available about this little super group formed by former Raelettes but their 45's (mostly via A&M Records and MoWest) were really quite something special! All included here along with their unissued 1972 Motown LP, outtakes and early 45's ... superb sophisticated soul from The Sisters Love.

thanks to the original uploaders for making this collection possible.



The Sisters Love - Do It Right Now (Discography)

01 The Sisters Love - 1968 - I Know You Love Me
02 The Sisters Love - 1968 - This Time Tomorrow
03 The Sisters Love - 1969 - Forget It, I've Got It
04 The Sisters Love - 1969 - Eye To Eye
05 The Sisters Love - 1970 - Now Is The Time
06 The Sisters Love - 1970 - Blackbird
07 The Sisters Love - 1970 - The Bigger You Love (The Harder You Fall)
08 The Sisters Love - 1970 - Piece Of My Heart
09 The Sisters Love - 1970 - And This Is Love
10 The Sisters Love - 1970 - Rise
11 The Sisters Love - 1970 - Ha Ha Ha
12 The Sisters Love - 1971 - Are You Lonely
13 The Sisters Love - 1971 - Ring Once
14 The Sisters Love - 1972 - Do It Right Now
15 The Sisters Love - 1972 - Communication (Unissued LP)
16 The Sisters Love - 1972 - Mr. Fix-It Man (Unissued LP)
17 The Sisters Love - 1972 - You've Got My Mind (Unissued LP)
18 The Sisters Love - 1972 - Fast Mack (Unissued LP)
19 The Sisters Love - 1972 - Sweet Inspiration (Unissued LP)
20 The Sisters Love - 1972 - Just A Little Misunderstanding (Unissued LP)
21 The Sisters Love - 1972 - I'm Learning To Trust My Man (Unissued LP)
22 The Sisters Love - 1972 - Do What You Gotta Do (Unissued LP)
23 The Sisters Love - 1972 - You've Got Make The Choice (Unissued LP)
24 The Sisters Love - 1972 - Turn On Your Lovelight (Unissued LP)
25 The Sisters Love - 1973 - My Love Is Yours ('Til The End Of Time)
26 The Sisters Love - 1973 - Try It, You'll Like It
27 The Sisters Love - 1973 - (I Could Never Make) A Better Man Than You
28 The Sisters Love - 1973 - Give Me Your Love
29 The Sisters Love - 1974 - I Ain't That Easy To Lose (Unissued)
30 The Sisters Love - 1974 - Giving Up (Unissued)
31 The Sisters Love - 1975 - I'll Be Holding On

(MP3 @ 320kbs)

Get It Right Now !!!

Friday, 16 February 2018

Gusto's Groovy Gumbo Volume 16


01. Funkadelic - 1975 - Vital Juices
02. Gloria Ann Taylor - 1973 - What I Want
03. New Birth - 1972 - Easy, Evil
04. Ben E. King - 1968 - It's Amazing
05. Roscoe Robinson - 1968 - You Don't Move Me No More
06. Vivalore Jordan - 1970 - You Don't Need Him
07. Eloise Laws - 1972 - Tighten Him Up
08. The Temptations - 1972 - Mother Nature
09. Phil Upchurch - 1972 - Darkness, Darkness
10. Vicki Adams - 1969 - So Glad You're Home
11. O.V. Wright - 1967 - Bachelor's Blues
12. Clarence Carter - 1968 - I Can't See Myself (Crying About You)
13. Helene Smith - 1967 - True Love Don't Grow On Trees
14. Ruby Winters - 1967 - Try Me
15. Bobby Parker - 1963 - It's Too Late Darling
16. The Chantels - 1957 -  Maybe
17. Bettye LaVette - 1965 - Cry Me A River
18. Rose Batiste - 1967 - Come Back In A Hurry
19. Pearl Woods - 1962 - Don't Tell It All
20. Darrow Fletcher - 1966 - That Certain Little Something
21. Ruth McFadden - 1972 - Ghetto Woman (Parts 1 & 2)
22. Van McCoy - 1972 - Soul Improvisations (Part 2)
23. Lim Taylor - 1974 - Baffled
24. The Glass House - 1971 - I Surrendered

(MP3 @ 320kbs)

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Friday, 9 February 2018

A Table For Two Volume 03 + 04

Here in Canada we have a holiday this weekend. It's a relatively new holiday just recently established, called 'Family Day' and it's just as hokey (no, not hockey haha) as most of our other holidays but it does give us a long weekend in what is definitely our gloomiest month of the year so we're all for it! There's no parades, TV specials or big promotional sales campaigns but it does promote spending time with family and loved ones so it seems like a good time to return to our 'A Table For Two' series ... Maintaining our mixed Soul/Funk/R&B format but with a focus on some of the great (known and unknown) Duets and some Group Soul numbers of the genres. Volumes 01 + 02 were really well received so I hope you all enjoy another heaping helping of Groovy Gumbo served up at A Table For Two (or more) ... dig in!

Volume 03
01. Sonny Daye & Sherl Matthews - 1964 - Come Back To Me
02. Marie & Phil Flowers - 1963 - Thank You My Dear
03. Betty & Charles - 1970 - Can't Find Love
04. Ray & Dave - 1966 - Six Lonely Days
05. Etta James & Harvey Fuqua - 1960 - If I Can't Have You
06. Sherri Taylor & Singin' Sammy Ward - 1960 - That's Why I Love You So Much
07. Dee & Don - 1968 - How Much It Hurts Me
08. Maurice & Mac - 1968 - Run To Me
09. The Jones Brothers - 1969 - Without Your Love
10. Doris & Kelley - 1967 - You Don’t Have To Worry
11. Johnson, Hawkins, Tatum & Durr - 1971 - You Can't Blame Me
12. Jimmie & Vella - 1972 - The Door Is Open
13. Brothers Unlimited - 1970 - What We Need Is Harmony
14. New Birth - 1973 - Come On & Dream Some Paradise
15. James & Bobby Purify - 1967 - I Take What I Want
16. The Stovall Sisters - 1971 - Hang On In There (256kbs)
17. 21st Century - 1975 - Ahead Of Our Time
18. The Fuller Brothers - 1968 - Moaning, Groaning & Crying
19. Peggy Scott & Jo Jo Benson - 1969 - I Want To Love You Baby
20. Lil & Rene - 1966 - Sneakin' Up On You (256kbs)
21. Lori & Lance - 1969 - I Don't Have To Worry
22. Jackie Lee & Delores Hall - 1966 - Baby I'm Satisfied
23. James Brown & Bobby Byrd - 1968 - You've Got To Change Your Mind
24. Bobby & Betty Lou - 1966 - Soul Stirrer

Volume 04
01. Norma Jean & Ray J - 1974 - Raising Hell (256kbs)
02. The Loving Sisters - 1973 - Try Again
03. The Sylvers - 1972 - Chaos
04. Bo Kirkland & Ruth Davis - 1975 - We Got The Recipe
05. John Hamilton & Doris Allen - 1970 - So Good To Be Together
06. Mel & Tim - 1969 - Never On Time
07. Bonnie & Sheila - 1971 - You Keep Me Hanging On
08. Betty & Charles - 1969 - Someone For Everyone
09. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - 1968 - Little Ole Boy, Little Ole Girl
10. The Knight Brothers - 1966 - That'll Get It
11. The Soul Sisters - 1964 - I Can't Stand It
12. Carla & Rufus Thomas - 1964 - Don't Mess Up A Good Thing
13. Betty Everett & Jerry Butler - 1964 - Ain't That Loving You Baby
14. Masters Of Soul - 1970 - I Need You
15. Pacific Gas & Electric - 1970 - Are You Ready
16. Bobby Womack & Candi Staton - 1978 - Stop Before We Start
17. Father's Children - 1979 - Dirt & Grime
18. The Voices Of East Harlem - 1970 - Angry
19. Barrino Brothers - 1973 - I Can't Believe You're Gone
20. Jeri & Joe - 1967 - Without You Babe
21. Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown - 1967 - Don't Go
22. Vernon Harrell & Little Gigi - 1964 - Baby Don't Cha Worry
23. Anna King & Bobby Byrd - 1964 - Baby Baby Baby
24. Johnny & Lilly - 1969 - This Is My Story

(MP3 @ 320kbs unless otherwise noted)

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Friday, 2 February 2018

Gusto's Groovy Gumbo Volume 15


01. Garnet Mimms - 1964 - There Is Something On Your Mind
02. Mysteries - 1968 - Sad & Blue
03. The Bee Jays - 1965 - I'll Find You
04. Bettye LaVette - 1962 - You'll Never Change
05. Etta James - 1966 - Nobody Loves Me
06. Joe Tex - 1963 - I Wanna Be Free
07. O.C. Tolbert - 1972 - All I Want Is You
08. Alfreda Brockington - 1971 - Spilt Milk
09. Shay Holiday - 1972 - It's Not How Long You Make It
10. Darryl Carter - 1973 - Looking Straight Ahead
11. The Rimshots - 1976 - Takin' It
12. J.B. Troy - 1966 - Live On
13. Sugar Pie Desanto - 1966 - My Baby's Got Soul
14. Baby Washington - 1968 - It's A Hang Up Baby
15. Lee Rogers - 1966 - Cracked Up Over You
16. Little Tony - 1966 - The Tears
17. Hattie Littles - 1965 - Love, Trouble, Heartache & Misery
18. Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces - 1967 - I Wanna Be Your Man
19. Rufus Thomas - 1964 - Boom Boom
20. Ike & Tina Turner - 1966 - My Babe
21. Lula Reed & Her Little Teeners - 1962 - Say Hey Pretty Baby
22. Arthur Alexander - 1964 - Black Night
23. Sam Baker - 1968 - Strange Sensation
24. Priscilla Price - 1973 - You Did Me Wrong
25. Barbara Lynn - 1976 - Better Quit It Baby
26. Edna Wright  - 1976 - You Can't See The Forest (For The Trees)
27. Barbara Howard - 1969 - I Don't Want Your Love
28. Soul Partners - 1969 - Spead
29. Prince Phillip - 1969 - How Much More Can A Poor Man Stand

(mp3 @ 320kbs)

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