Saturday, 30 June 2018

Long Lonely Nights

Now, in his eighth decade, Vernon Garrett has been working with gospel, blues, funk and soul music for well over 60 years. He had originally hoped to become a professional baseball player but his military service forced a change in those plans. It's hard to believe that such a prolific talent could have just as easily laid dormant while good ol' Vernon improved his batting average.

Vernon became aware of his love for music and entertainment at the early age of 10. He was inspired by the great talent of Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner Lowell Fulsom, to name a few. It was during these times he would sneak into the rear of venues to listen to these great entertainers. With an early start singing in gospel groups such as the Swan Silvertones, Garret honed his vocal abilities and stage presence at a tender age. After serving in the United States Navy, Vernon relocated to the entertainment capital of the world, Los Angeles, California where he began his entertainment career as a very talented singer and percussionist. Vernon's inspiration prompted him to begin entering talent shows in the area, and he won most of them. He competed with such talented blues singers as Bobby Blue Bland, Ted Taylor, B.B. King, and many others. It was at one of these shows that he met the very lovely, Jewell Whitaker, a promising female vocalist. Whitaker later became his wife and singing partner. Vernon & Jewell enjoyed a successful singing career, travelling throughout the United States, Canada, and Alaska in the mid 60s. Initial singles were issued by local Bay area labels but the duo was promptly offered contracts with Kent / Modern Records. Jewell passed away early in 1968 due to cancer and it sent Vernon into a downward spiral of alcohol and substance abuse. After a tough stretch, Garrett wrapped up some work with Kent records produced by Maxwell Davis, a popular saxophonist and producer for several R&B labels. He then worked with longtime Stax Records producer Al Bell on a recording. In 1969 he charted for the first time at #33 on the R&B Charts with 'Without You', a duet with Marie Franklin. Between 1969 and 1972 Garrett rattled off a number of deadly singles, each on a different indie label, until signing with Grenade/Watts USA labels where he churned out some of his hardest hitting singles to date and his 1975 debut LP 'Going To My Baby's Place'. Efforts got fewer and further between from here and Garrett's work began to show a more sophisticated and blues laden approach. Re-united with Al Bell in 1977, the pair hashed out what would become Garrett's signature song. I'm At The Crossroads was written by jazz guitarist Freddie Robinson and found Garrett at a most appropriate time in his life. The longevity and success of that recording I believe, is largely due to Garrett's personal connection to the songs enduring and relatable message. By the time the composition moves into the second half, Vernon's vocals are pure cathartic release. Issued on Bell's ICA imprint, it was Garrett's most successful record to date and kept him on a rigorous run of club dates for the following five years. The wasn't a lot recording during this time ... a few singles were issued in the late 70s / early 80s and the "Crossroads" LP first released by California Gold in 1982, which captured an albeit brief, but incredible live performance by Garrett and his band. Garrett moved to Dallas in the mid 80s and soon after signed with Ichiban Records. With a budding soul-blues scene in Europe and Japan, the label did a lot to promote Garrett there, leading to a number of tours in support of the three albums issued by the label throughout the 90s. With an expired contract, Garrett moved from Ichiban to EveJim Records and welcomed the new millennium with not one, but two solid releases for the label. From 2005 to 2011 Garrett went on to release four more full length albums via Video Uptown Records. Things have slowed down for Garrett considerably since then but he's still actively writing and recording gospel material. He is also the Deacon of his church where he sings every Sunday.

Long Lonely Nights was one of the earliest collections I put together for the site and as such, there is room for for both expansion and improvement. Luckily and in large part, thanks to @Loofer that day has finally come. I've expanded the bio above to accommodate the heaping additions. When Garrett re-established himself in the late 80s, he didn't stop for two and a half decades! During that stretch, he dropped ten soul dripping blues albums, and you can now find them all here as well. Garrett's career prior to all that was the initial focus of this collection and I'm ecstatic to present this jam pact upgrade. Where even to begin ... there's a good number of additional 45's, the complete Vernon & Jewel live set issued via P-Vine, original stereo mixes, mono remasters, the late 70s blues album that sat on the shelf for a decade, the rare and incredible California Gold recordings from the early 80s, among other tasty nuggets. Furthermore, I gave the whole collection that Groovy Gumbo TLC I've been honing over the past few years. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders and especially Loofer for laying all this love on us Enjoy.

**Further Updates**
The mighty Sir Shambling has reached out to offer additional and largely improved material, for which, I'm extremely grateful! With the inclusion of ten more tracks -- the early Network side, the ICA instrumental side and the remaining Glow Hill sides -- the collection is now truly complete [1960-86] to the best of our collective knowledge. Furthermore, all less desirable tracks have been replaced with better versions. Including, but not limited to the early Network sides, the Venture sides and Gator sides. I'd offer just the upgrades but the track listing/order has changed, so scrap the last folder/zip and replace it pronto! Also, go pay the mighty man a visit [linked in text above], he's been occasionally publishing again!


Friday, 29 June 2018

Gusto's Groovy Gumbo Volume 31

01. William Bell - 1963 - What'Cha Gonna' Do
02. Millie Foster - 1963 - What A Thrill
03. Ted Taylor - 1963 - You Give Me Nothing To Go On
04. Otis Rush - 1962 - Homework
05. Delores Johnson - 1962 - Give Me Your Love (192kbs)
06. Walter Rhodes - 1962  - I Worship The Ground You Walk On
07. Booker T. & The MG's - 1962 - Behave Yourself
08. The Gospelaires - 1961 - Nobody Knows The Trouble
09. Cookie Jackson - 1961 - Try Love
10. Paul Perryman - 1960 - Look At My Baby
11. Ruben Fort - 1960 - I Feel It
12. The 5 Royales - 1959 - It Hurts Inside
13. Mac Rebennack - 1959 - Storm Warning
14. Frances Burnett - 1959 - How I Miss You So
15. Varetta Dillard - 1957 - That's Why I Cry
16. The Troopers - 1957 - Get Out
17. Clyde McPhatter - 1956 - Thirty Days (192kbs)
18. Little Willie John - 1957 - Love, Life & Money
19. Tiny Topsy - 1957 - Miss You So
20. Paula Grimes - 1958 - You Move Me So
21. Vernon Green & The Medallions - 1958 - A Lover's Prayer
22. Joe Tex - 1959 - Blessed Are These Tears
23. Miss LaVelle - 1959 - Stop These Teardrops
24. Bobby Bishop - 1960 - That's Where I Belong
25. Dakota Staton - 1960 - My Babe
26. Prince La La - 1961 - She Put The Hurt On Me
27. Nathaniel Mayer - 1962 - Well, I've Got News (For You)
28. Taffie Lee - 1962 - Stay Away From My Baby
29. Zilla Mayes - 1962 - All I Want Is You
30. King Richard & The Poor Boys - 1962 - Didn't We Fool Them (192kbs)

(MP3 @ 320kbs unless otherwise noted)


Wednesday, 27 June 2018

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 02

Diggin' back into the Goodie Grab Bags this week and pulling out a pair of scrumptious sweet soul selections with The Aubrey Twins and Joan Bates (aka Jaibi). Enjoy

Aubrey Twins 1963-68

01. Aubrey Twins - 1963 - Shy One (Chase 5000)
02. Aubrey Twins - 1963 - I Won't Share Your Love (Chase 5000)
03. Aubrey Twins - 1963 - Hip-Ity Hop (Jamie 1248)
04. Aubrey Twins - 1963 - Take Me Home With You (Jamie 1248)
05. Aubrey Twins - 1964 - Hoot Hoot Night Owl (ABC 10524)
06. Aubrey Twins - 1964 - Something Special About My Baby (ABC 10524)
07. Aubrey Twins - 1964 - Susie Q (ABC 10575)
08. Aubrey Twins - 1964 - Oh Baby Mine (ABC 10575)
09. Aubrey Twins - 1967 - Poor Boy (Epic 10135)
10. Aubrey Twins - 1967 - Give It Up (Epic 10135)
11. Aubrey Twins - 1967 - Love Without End Amen (Epic 10177)
12. Aubrey Twins - 1967 - What Is Love (Epic 10177)
13. Aubrey Twins - 1968 - When The Lights Go Out (MGM 13915)
14. Aubrey Twins - 1968 - I Can't See Nobody (MGM 13915)

Joan Bates (aka Jaibi) 1965-68

01. The Pleasures - 1965 - Don't You Know I Love You (RSVP 1102)
02. The Pleasures - 1965 - Plaything (RSVP 1102)
03. The Pleasures - 1965 - Let's Have A Beach Party (RSVP 1113) +
04. Lawrence & Jaibi - 1967 - You Make Me Feel Good (Allegro Unissued)
05. Joan Bates (aka Jabi) - 1967 - We Can Do It (GWP Unissued)
06. Larry Banks & Jaibi - 1967 - My Life Is No Better (GWP Unissued)
07. Jaibi - 1967 - You Got Me (GWP Unissued)
08. Jaibi - 1967 - You Got Me [alt] (Kapp 866)
09. Jaibi - 1967 - What Good Am I (Kapp 866)
10. Jaibi - 1967 - It Was Like A Nightmare (GWP Unissued)
11. Lawrence & Jaibi - 1968 - You're Not Mine (RCA 9679)
12. Lawrence & Jaibi - 1968 - Walk Away Walk Away Walk (RCA 9679)


Monday, 25 June 2018

They Don't Know

Here's another smokin' southern soul man. R&B pianist and singer Bobby Powell was a pure powerhouse in the soul-blues / deep soul departments.

Born near Winnfield, Louisiana, Powell attended the Louisiana State School for the Negro Blind at Southern University in Baton Rouge. After singing in gospel groups, he began singing R&B and recorded for local entrepreneur and record producer Lionel Whitfield's Whit Records label in Shreveport, releasing 'What Are You Trying To Do To Me' in 1964. His second single, a version of 'C.C. Rider', reached #1 on the national Cash Box R&B chart, #12 on the Billboard R&B chart and #76 on the Pop chart at the start of 1966, and his follow-up, 'Do Something For Yourself', reached #36 on the R&B chart. Reviewer Colin Larkin commented on his single 'I'm Gonna Leave You', "which with its stinging blues guitar and a shouting gospel chorus ranked as one of the funkiest, most down-home soul records in history." Powell continued to record for Whit Records, releasing a string of singles through the late 60s in a style similar to Clarence Carter. 17 singles in total and had his final chart entry in 1971 was with his version of Baby Washington's hit, 'The Bells' (#45 R&B). He also recorded a handful of singles and an LP for Excello Records in 1973. In the mid 70s he moved to the Hep' Me label in New Orleans, and continued to release singles into the early 80s. He also recorded the album 'Bobby Powell Explains The Glory Of Love' in 1981, and several albums of gospel music later in the decade as well as continuing to perform in Baton Rouge.

They Don't Know collects pretty close to the complete 45s collection. Whit (17), Excello (5), Hep' Me (5), some late 70s to early 80s cuts issued by P-Vine in 1984 and though I'm missing 1 side, the half dozen unissued tracks make up for it. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and MP3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

#23 Bobby Powell - 1968 - I've Been Waiting (Whit 732)

Saturday, 23 June 2018

I'll Take Care Of You

The most definitive voice in deep southern soul belongs to none other than O.V. Wright. Fact!!!

Overton Vertis Wright was born in Tennessee and was obviously singing at church since he was a tyke. In 1956, while still in high school, he joined The Sunset Travelers as one of the lead singers of the gospel group. Signed to Peacock Records soon after, they produced a handful of earth shaking southern gospel soul spirituals between 1960 and 1964. Their only LP, released in 1964, is easily one of the best gospel soul albums of all time. O.V. left the Sunset Travelers that same year to peruse a career in secular soul. Building on his signature sound; a gritty blend of deep drawl and booming bellows, Wright was off to the races. His first single and only one cut for Goldwax Records was released late in 1964 and immediately solidified his position as a pivotal figure in the secular soul community. It was later determined that Don Robey still had Wright under a recording contract, due to his gospel group having recorded for Peacock. After his contract was shifted to Robey's Backbeat label, further hits followed. Working with record producer Willie Mitchell, success continued on songs including 'Ace Of Spades' and 'A Nickel & A Nail'. Wright released a hefty number of singles and 5 LPs with Backbeat Records between 1965 and 1973. Wright was imprisoned for narcotics offenses during the mid 70s and despite bouncing back with a new recording contract with Hi Records, which led to a live LP and 3 studio albums, commercial success did not follow his release from incarceration. Wright continued to battle drug addiction in the last years of his life, and in 1980, he died from a heart attack in Mobile, Alabama at age 41.

I'll Take Care Of You collects the entirety of O.V. Wright's efforts, including his excellent early works with The Sunset Travelers, the debut solo secular single, the Backbeat and Hi Records catalog and the few unissued recordings. O.V. Wright is widely revered and rightfully so and as such I doubt there is a buried treasure of unissued recordings at this point. The lack of unreleased recordings is a real testament to O.V. Wright's greatness ... both Backbeat and Hi Records recognized this greatness and happily committed all his sessions to wax. This collection was largely sourced from FLAC, all files chronicled, cleanly tagged and MP3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy!

Friday, 22 June 2018

Gusto's Groovy Gumbo Volume 30

01. Bobby Rush - 1969 - Wake Up
02. Ollie Nightengale - 1971 - It's A Sad Thing
03. Jeanette Jones - 1969 - You'd Be Good For Me
04. S.O.U.L. - 1972 - Can You Feel It
05. The Eight Minutes - 1972 - I Can't Get No Higher
06. The Vibrations - 1967 - Always Had Your Way
07. Lattimore Brown - 1968 - So Says My Heart
08. Aaron Neville - 197X - Over You (alt)
09. The JB's - 1972 - Wine Spot
10. Margie Joseph - 1971 - Didn't Have To Tell Me
11. Bettye LaVette - 1970 - My Train's Comin' In
12. Broadway Express - 1970 - Satisfaction (192kbs)
13. Steve Mancha - 1969 - Keep The Faith
14. The Soul Notes - 1968 - Don't Make Me Beg
15. Mosaic Tweed - 1969 - Comin' Home
16. The Flirtations - 1969 - Need Your Lovin'
17. Dee Edwards - 1977 - (I Can) Deal With That
18. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - 1968 - When The Words From Your Heart
19. Marvin Gaye - 1970 - The End Of Our Road
20. Ann Peebles - 1971 - I'll Get Along
21. Lulu - 1970 - Feelin' Alright
22. Syl Johnson - 1973 - The Love You Left Behind
23. Otis Clay - 1977 - I Can't Take It
24. Willie Hobbs - 1975 - I Love More Than You'll Ever Know
25. Celest Hardie - 1975 - Thank You Love
26. The Classic Example - 1972 - Punish Me
27. Everyday People - 1972 - Mama Said, Papa Said

(MP3 @ 320kbs unless otherwise noted)


Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Hiding In Shadows

A couple years ago I first heard the Eddie & Ernie compilation issued on Kent Records and I absolutely fell head over heels for this dynamic vocal duo. Having never been bothered to read the liner notes, I somehow just assumed this was a complete collection from this obscure pair. Well, boy was I wrong about that and fairly recently discovered it was only about the half of it.

Eddie & Ernie like so many soul singers, did some time in gospel groups as youngsters before hooking up as a duo. They first worked in the studio as background vocalists on several singles before making their first recordings as a duo in 1963. Despite falling into that perfect place where deep soul meets sweet soul in its most complimentary form, the duo recorded for roughly a dozen labels between 1963 and 1972 with virtually no success. Unafraid to experiment, the Phoenix-based duo often incorporated both southern and northern soul stylings into select singles, but still, nothing stuck with audiences unfortunately. To make matters more challenging, some of the singles were credited to Ernie & Eddie, The New Bloods, The Sliding Doors or Ernie & Ed. There was also the pair of solo releases by Eddie Campbell and Ernie Johnson issued via Artco Records in 1967. Although most of their records were average-to-above average soul and never less than competent, they lacked a solid unifying style or that one great song or two that would have grabbed them national airplay. I personally feel that some of their strongest efforts weren't even released at the time. Their final sessions with Loadstone Records in 1971/72 all went unissued by the label, then Eddie & Ernie joined local outfit, Phoenix Express but again, no recordings were ever issued. Their recordings later became revered by deep soul enthusiasts and began popping up on various Ace/Kent collections.

Hiding In Shadows collects the complete body of Eddie & Ernie's work ... 16 singles, 8 unissued sides and Ernie Johnson's debut 45 from 1961 kicks it off. All files MP3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders. Enjoy

*New Link*
now includes the correct version of  'Who's That Knocking At My Door'

Monday, 18 June 2018

They Trying To Get Me

Highly regarded in soul-jazz circles, organ combo Funk Inc. specialized in a very accessible, groove-oriented blend of jazz, funk and R&B.

The group was founded in Indianapolis in 1969 by organist Bobby Watley, who recruited tenor saxman Eugene Barr, guitarist Steve Weakley, drummer Jimmy Munford and conga player Cecil Hunt. In the early 70s, the original lineup came to the attention of Bob Porter, a well respected producer who signed Funk, Inc. to Prestige and paved the way for the band to record five albums for the label. After stressing improvisation on their first three albums 'Self-Titled', 'Chicken Lickin' and 'Hangin' Out', the group started to lose its way in the mid 70s and turned to heavier production, more arranging and background vocals. This slicker approach led to tension within the group, and Funk, Inc. broke up in 1976. - allmusic

Say what you will about the latter pair of albums; a different monster to be sure but monsterous nonetheless imo. I dig all 5 of their LPs but judge for yourself.


Friday, 15 June 2018

Mama Didn't Lie

Shifting gears from the gospel to some gritty, grassroots Detroit soul from a songstress supreme, often referred to as the 'Godmother of Detroit Soul' and the family legacy to follow. Started at request actually but funny enough, I forget whose request? I'd certainly heard a handful of Johnnie Mae Matthews' songs prior to putting this together and really liked what I'd heard so I was happy to dig into this collection. However, simply put, her discography is a bloody mess! Scattered across about a dozen small labels with mis-leading catalog numbers and with no dedicated collection albums to speak of, this amassing proved quite difficult. I've done the best I could, dig!

Johnnie Mae Matthews was born on New Year's Eve 1922/3 in Bessemer, Alabama. As a child she learned to sing in her church choir and performed with her mother at military bases throughout the Deep South. When she was twelve years old, the family relocated to New Jersey, and in 1947 Matthews left her parents home and moved to Detroit, Michigan where she married and started a family. In 1957 Matthew's joined a local quintet called the Five Dapps and had assumed lead vocals by the time their debut single was released in 1958. Later that same year Matthews formed her own record label, the Northern Recording Company. Located in Detroit, just a few blocks from her home. Matthews had become the first African-American woman to own and operate a record label. With sessions typically recorded at either nearby “Special Studio” or at radio station WCHB, Northern Recording Company was largely used as a vehicle to launch Matthews' solo recording career. Come 1960, Matthews dropped the Dapps altogether. She was backed by a band called The Groovers for her next few singles. A group that was led by Joe Hunter, and also included bassist James Jamerson, guitarist Eddie Willis, saxophonist Eli Fontaine, and drummer Uriel Jones. All of who would become staples of Motown's greatest sessions as members of the famous Funk Brothers Band. Northern also nurtured the early career of Richard Wylie whose back-up group, the Mohawks, included Norman Whitfield who later became one of Motown's most visionary songwriters and producers. Northern spun off a series of sister labels, most notably 'Reel', where Matthews issued some of her most prolific singles between 1961 and 1963. In 1963 she hired manager Ollie McLaughlin, who had previously launched the career of Barbara Lewis. McLaughlin brought Matthews to the attention of Mercury Records’ new Blue Rock subsidiary, where he eventually produced both of her singles for that label as well as her lone Spokane label effort. During the late 60s to early 70s Matthews also cut a series of singles for her own Big Hit label. However, as the decade came to a close, so did Northern Recording Company and all of the subsidiaries. And as the 70s were being ushered in, Matthews turned her attention to Black Nasty, an up-and-coming psych-soul/funk group formed by her son Artwell and featuring her daughter Aubrey. Matthews had a heavy hand in nearly all the writing and arrangements for the group and produced both their albums and their singles. The 1973 debut Black Nasty LP is a psych-soul funk rock masterpiece in my opinion and as such, is well regarded. Many people are completely unaware of their second LP 'I Got To Move' released in 1976 and credited to The Nazty. The group here, still under the capable production of Matthews, embraces the disco era and frankly, they do it better than most. Come 1978, fully committed to this new direction, the group changes their name again. The newly dubbed ADC Band released 5 LPs with Cotillion Records between 1978 and 1982.

Appropriately known as the “Godmother of Detroit Soul". Motown Records founder, Berry Gordy has often credited Matthews with teaching him the ropes of the recording industry. He acknowledged her assistance in helping land a distribution deal with Chess Records for The Miracles' 1959 hit 'Bad Girl'. Matthews also fostered the early careers of such future Motown stars as David and Jimmy Ruffin. Some say that she is the un-credited author of Mary Wells’ breakthrough hit, 'Bye Bye Baby.' It is impossible to know how differently Matthews' own recording career might have turned out had she accepted any of invitations of Berry Gordy to record for Motown, particularly during the mid 60s, when she was delivering some of her finest material, most notably 'Lonely You'll Be' and 'Cut Me Loose'.

Mama Didn't Lie amasses more of Johnnie Mae Matthews' work than anywhere else on the world wide web and it's packed into 3 parts ... PART 1 (though missing 5-6 tracks) collects a solid portion of Matthews' recordings from 10 different labels between 1958 and 1971. Source files here range from ok to horrendous but you'll get no apologies from me as I spent more time attempting to clean the files in Audacity than I'd care to admit. Is what it is lol. PART 2 collects the complete works of Black Nasty (aka The Nazty) and includes both albums, the 5 singles and a few unissued recordings from their transitional late 70s period. PART 3 collects the 5 Cotillion LPs by ADC band. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and MP3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy!

Gusto's Groovy Gospel Volume 05 + 06

Gusto's Groovy Gospel Volume 05

01. Sister Wynona Carr - 1954 - Dragnet For Jesus
02. The Soul Seekers - 1959 - Something's Got A Hold On Me
03. The Kelly Brothers - 1960 - I've Made It All Over At Last
04. The Gospel Giants - 1961 - Brother Noah
05. The Gospel Challengers - 1959 - I Know He's Coming Again
06. Gospel Chimes - 1962 - He Lives In Me
07. Meditation Singers - 1964 - My Testimony
08. Hamptonaires - 1965 - It's A Blessing
09. Singing Corinthians - 1965 - The Cross
10. The Dixie Nightingales - 1965 - The Assassination
11. The Stars Of Virginia - 1966 - Wade In The Water
12. Supreme Angels - 1966 - You Can't Hurry God
13. Elder Hightower & Sister Massey - 1966 - There's Not A Man Like Jesus
14. Kansas City Melodyaires - 1966 - Don't Let It Be Too Late
15. Nu-Lite Gospel Singers - 1967 - You've Been So Good
16. The Bells Of Zion - 1967 - Do You Know Him
17. Willing Four - 1967 - We Don't Love One Another (192kbs)
18. Rev. Willie E. Johnson & The Chosen New - 196? - Standing By (192kbs)
19. Sister Walter Paige - 1968 - The Last Say
20. The Salem Travelers - 1968 - Tell It Like It Is
21. Gospel Tones - 1969 - Don't Have To Worry
22. The Southern Trumpets - 1970 - Good News (Better World)
23. The Singing Mellerairs - 1971 - Ain't It A Shame
24. New Gospel Hummingbirds - 1970 - Lord, Don't Move That Mountain
25. Apostles Of Music - 1972 - Look Where He Brought Us

01. Mitty Collier - 1972 - You Cannot Serve Two Masters
02. Jackson Southernaires - 1972 - How Long Will It Last
03. Sensational Saints - 1973 - How Great Thou Art
04. Billy Griffin - 1973 - It's Gonna Rain
05. The Southland Singers - 1974 - Serve The Lord
06. Margaret Moss & The Three Stars - 197? - Don't Let It Be Too Late
07. The Trumpetaires (Of Mobile Alabama) - 197? - Glory Bound Train
08. Evangelist Beverly Glenn - 1975 - Turn From Your Wicked Ways
09. Willie Mae Ford Smith - 1975 - Going On With The Spirit (256kbs)
10. Shaw Singers - 1976 - He Never Left Me Alone
11. The Soul Searchers - 1976 - Save A Soul In Every Town
12. Morning Doves - 197? - Come Out The Wilderness
13. R.H. Harris & The Masonic Quintet - 1976 - Tell Me What I Could Do
14. The Northland Gospel Singers - 1977 - You Ought To Know Jesus
15. Rev. Harvey Gates - 1978 - It's Hard To Live In This Old World
16. Supreme Jubilees - 1978 - Thank You Lord
17. Dorothy Norwood - 1978 - Come & Go With Me
18. The Sensational Harmonizers (Of Dallas Texas) - 1979 - God Is Real
19. World Wonders Of Birmingham - 1980 - The Cost of Living Is Very High
20. Bill Moss & The Celestials - 1981 - You've Got To Serve Somebody
21. Mighty Price Singers - 1981 - The Mountain
22. Andrew Wartts & The Gospel Storytellers - 1982 - One Day In Paradise
23. Leomia Boyd & The Gospel Music Makers - 1984 - Need More Love
24. Princella Brady Lee - 1986 - Peace In The Midst Of The Storm (256kbs)

(MP3 @ 320kbs unless otherwise noted)

Wednesday, 13 June 2018

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 01

Here's a new series I've had in mind for a little while now ... a happy little medium between the Groovy Gumbo compilations and the artist retrospective's. In my unquenchable thirst for more things of the soul and funk persuasion, I often find amazing artists with amazingly small output; no full length albums, with only one or two or maybe a handful of 45s to speak of. Often these artists have minimal information available (if really any at all) online, and while their music may certainly be worth sharing these factors can make it a bit challenging. Much like the favored brown-papered bags of mystery candy from my childhood, Goodie Grab Bags collects a couple (to several) of these smaller artist retrospectives in one file/posting. 14 sides or less per artist/group seems like an appropriate cut-off, with a total of 20-28 sides per volume and I will likely group them by genre. Hope you dig it!

Without further ado here's Goodie Grab Bags Volume 01 (Deep Soul)

Claude Baby Huey 1966-69

01. Claude Baby Huey - 1966 - The Worst Thing A Man Can Do (Early Bird 49654)
02. Claude Baby Huey - 1966 - Feel Good All Over (Early Bird 49654)
03. Claude Baby Huey - 1968 - Didn't We Have Some Good Times (MIOB 1281)
04. Claude Baby Huey - 1968 - Keep It To Myself (MIOB 1281)
05. Claude Baby Huey - 1968 - Drifting (MIOB 1283)
06. Claude Baby Huey - 1968 - Just Won't Believe (MIOB 1283)
07. Claude Baby Huey - 1969 - Why Would You Blow It (Galaxy 768)
08. Claude Baby Huey - 1969 - Why Did Our Love Go (Galaxy 768)
09. Claude Baby Huey - 1969 - If You'll Be My Witness (Galaxy 782)
10. Claude Baby Huey - 1969 - Still Love You (Galaxy 782)

Lee Mitchell 1967-77

01. Lee Mitchell - 1967 - Where Does Love Go (Sure-Shot 5030)
02. Lee Mitchell - 1967 - You're Gonna Miss Me (Sure-Shot 5030)
03. Lee Mitchell - 1969 - Forgive This Fool (HL & M 001)
04. Lee Mitchell - 1969 - Love Of My Baby (HL & M 001)
05. Lee Mitchell - 1969 - How Can You Be so Cold (HL & M 002)
06. Lee Mitchell - 1969 - Unique (HL & M 002)
07. Lee Mitchell - 197X - I Come A Long Way (Unissued)
08. Lee Mitchell - 1973 - You & You Alone (Musicor 1479)
09. Lee Mitchell - 1975 - The Economy (Roll RR-001)
10. Lee Mitchell - 1975 - Is It You Or Is It I (Roll RR-001)
11. Lee Mitchell - 1977 - Best Shot (Full Speed Ahead TDR-7711-10)
12. Lee Mitchell - 1977 - So Called Friends (Full Speed Ahead TDR-7711-10)


Monday, 11 June 2018

Hide Behind The Mountain

At the peak of his career, the Rev. Julius Cheeks was the definitive hard gospel singer, famed for a gritty, powerful baritone which influenced not only the next generation of gospel performers but also secular stars including James Brown and Wilson Pickett.

Born into abject poverty on August 7, 1929 in Spartanburg, South Carolina, as a child Cheeks was enamored of the recordings of the Dixie Hummingbirds, the Soul Stirrers and others. He began singing in the second grade, quitting school that same year to pick cotton. Later joining a local gospel group dubbed The Baronets, in 1946 he was spotted by the Rev. B.L. Parks, a former Dixie Hummingbird in the process of forming a new group called the Nightingales. Upon Cheeks' arrival, he became infamous across the gospel circuit for playing the clown, while each night pushing his voice to its breaking point. The Nightingales enjoyed considerable success on the road, but they made virtually no money. To make ends meet Cheeks briefly joined the Soul Stirrers, rejoining the Nightingales during the early 50s. Upon signing to Peacock, the group rattled off a string of hits, among them 'Somewhere To Lay My Head' and 'The Last Mile Of The Way'. They were in fact so popular, and so often the subject of acclaim, that they eventually rechristened themselves the Sensational Nightingales. In 1954, Cheeks officially became a preacher but he remained a performer, emerging as a gifted writer and arranger as well. Cheeks was a temperamental man, he left the group on numerous occasions, finally quitting for good in 1960 and going on to record sporadically throughout the following decade with group The Four Knights, making a full-fledged return in the 70s, releasing 6 LPs between 1973 and 1980. Reverend Julius Cheeks enjoyed preforming live right up until his death in 1981.

Hide Behind The Mountain collects Cheeks' post-Nightingales output. 11 singles issued by Peacock Records between 1960-1971 and all 6 studio albums released between 1969-1980. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders (and Bob), enjoy!

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Over In Zion

Contemporary gospel's preeminent group, the Mighty Clouds Of Joy carried the torch for the traditional quartet vocal style throughout an era dominated by solo acts and choirs; pioneering a distinctively funky sound that over time gained grudging acceptance even among purists, they pushed spiritual music in new and unexpected directions.

A native of Troy, Alabama, Joe Ligon was blessed with natural singing talent. Although shyness prevented him from singing in public, he sang constantly. Invited to join a vocal group formed by his cousins, he was persuaded by his mother to accept the invitation. Traveling to California to visit an uncle, at the age of 14 Ligon remained in the city for a year. At his uncle's insistence, he agreed to enroll in the local high school. His ability to sing soon attracted the attention of other students, including Johnny Martin, Richard Wallace, and Elmo Franklin. Forming a vocal quartet, the four teenagers were taken under the wing of a neighbor who tutored them in the art of four-part harmonizing. The group's first break came when they caught the ear of a local gospel DJ, who agreed to produce several demo tapes. When the Peacock Records label heard these tapes, the group was quickly signed to a recording contract and made their recorded debut cut for label. Their debut LP, Family Circle, arrived a couple years later. In the years that followed, the Mighty Clouds Of Joy joined the ranks of gospel's greatest showmen; one of the first groups to incorporate choreographed moves into their act, their nimble footwork and bright, color-coordinated outfits earned them the sobriquet "The Temptations of Gospel." More importantly, they were the first group to add bass, drums, and keyboards to the standard quartet accompaniment of solo guitar, resulting in a sound that horrified traditionalists but appealed to younger listeners. So much so, in fact, that the Mighty Clouds of Joy became the first gospel act ever to appear on television's Soul Train, where they performed their disco smash 'Mighty High'. Their crossover success continued with opening slots for secular pop stars including Marvin Gaye, the Rolling Stones and Paul Simon, whom the group backed during a month-long stint at Madison Square Garden. While line-up changes plagued the Mighty Clouds Of Joy throughout their career, they remained active into the new millennium and still are today.

Over In Zion is a damn-near complete collection of The Mighty Clouds Of Joy recorded output from 1960-1983. Including all their studio albums, the early Peacock singles, a few live recordings, plus an early 1958 performance. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy!

Friday, 8 June 2018

Gusto's Groovy Gumbo Volume 29

01. The Funk Brothers - 1968 - Runaway Child, Running Wild (192kbs)
02. Richard Marks - 197X - You Ain't No Good
03. Lynn Day - 1971 - Bit Off More Than I Can Chew
04. Intensions - 196X - I Don't Get Down Like That
05. Eula Cooper - 1974 - My Man Is More
06. O.C. Tolbert - 1971 - Hard Times
07. Sonny Rollins - 1976 - Shout It Out (256kbs)
08. The Soul Majestics - 1968 - I Done Told You Baby
09. Eddie Finley & The Cinncinatti Show Band - 1970 - Treat Me Right Or Leave Me Alone
10. The Consolers - 1968 - Children Keep On Marching
11. Lee Bonds - 1969 - I'll Find A True Love
12. Mavis Staples - 1970 - What Happened To The Real Me
13. Floyd Smith - 1968 - Getting Nowhere Fast
14. The Chambers Brothers - 1967 - All Strung Out Over You
15. Little Nicky Soul - 1964 - I Wanted To Tell You
16. J.J. Barnes - 1964 - Poor Unfortunate Me (I Ain’t Got Nobody)
17. Jr. Walker & The All Stars - 1965 - Baby You Know You Ain't Right (Alt)
18. Hopeton Lewis - 1967 - This Music Got Soul
19. Melvin Davis - 1967 - Chains Of Love (192kbs)
20. The Magicians - 1966 - Why Did I Do These Foolish Things
21. Ty Hunter - 1963 - In Time
22. The Medallions - 1956 - Shedding Tears For You
23. Joe Tex - 1959 - Blessed Are These Tears
24. The Masqueraders - 1966 - I'm Gonna Make It
25. The Spellbinders - 1967 - Since I Don't Have You (256kbs)
26. Richard Brown - 196X  - Don't Listen To The Grapevine
27. The Metro-Tones Inc. - 1973 - Get Together

(MP3 @ 320kbs unless otherwise noted)


Wednesday, 6 June 2018

You Better Believe It

A logical and luscious little follow-up post to my last one. Brothers Of Soul were a vocal soul trio composed of Fred Bridges, Richard Knight and Bobby Eaton. Also, serving as a songwriting team, involved with around 50 singles.

Based in Detroit in the 60s and 70s, Brothers Of Soul recorded a number of songs, mainly with producer Ric Williams for the Zodiac and Boo labels. Their biggest hit was 'I Guess That Don't Make Me a Loser' which peaked at #32 on the R&B charts in 1968. Bridges and Knight, who had met at the Dodge Assembly Plant, did some writing for La Beat Records, where they began working with Eaton. The first song the three are credited on together is James Shorter's 'Modern Day Woman'. While doing some freelance work for Drew Records, writing for The Precisions, they met Chicago based producer Williams, who became interested in showcasing them as a group. They chose to record under the name Brothers Of Soul, a name inspired by the Detroit riots of '67. Under the coordination of Williams, they wrote for Zodiac, producing many of Ruby Andrews' hits. Their most successful period was from 1968-1969, with their last recordings in 1971. Sometime during this period, Ben Knights replaced Richard Knight, who was serving time in New York. They continued to work together, providing vocal accompaniment for a few years, eventually splitting apart. If you're expecting the same sort of rough and tumble R&B conveyed through their work for Ruby Andrews, you thought wrong! While certainly retaining elements of the deep, the Brothers Of Soul deliver some slick and seriously sweet vocal group soul

You Better Believe It collects all 8 45s credited to Brothers of Soul (and taken from the 'I Guess That Don't Make Me A Loser' CD issued by Collectables Records), with the addition of their 45 credited to The Creations and 2 early 45s by Fred Bridges, featuring Richard Knight. All files chronicled and cleanly tagged. One of the Bridges tracks is terrible quality and 192kbs, all others are fine and MP3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Monday, 4 June 2018

I Just Can't Get Enough

One of my very favorite female vocalists in soul went fairly overlooked at the time and probably still does by most collectors. Ruby Andrews might have flown under the radar but the lady had some pipes. Andrews could carry a tune, had an incredible range and was never hesitant to switch it up or challenge herself vocally.

Ruby Stackhouse was born in Hollandale, Mississippi in 1947. She moved to Chicago around 1953, during her senior year in high school she started singing with a vocal group called The Vondells. Ruby made her lead vocal debut in 1965 on the Kelmac label, recording with the Vondells although the record was released as 'Ruby Stackhouse'. Ruby signed with Zodiac Records in 1966 and began releasing singles the following year, as Ruby Andrews. Her third release for the label was her biggest seller, 'Casonova (Your Playing Days Are Over)' in 1967. A crossover hit, the song went to number 9 in the R&B charts and number 51 in the pop charts. The song, co-written and produced by Joshie Jo Armstead, featured a typical Chicago-style mid-tempo arrangement but was recorded and arranged by Mike Terry in Detroit. Follow-ups included 'You Can Run (But You Can't Hide)', 'You Made a Believer (Out of Me)' (no. 18 on the R&B chart and no. 96 on the pop chart in 1969), 'Everybody Saw You' (no. 34 R&B in 1970) and 'You Ole Boo You'. Andrews' releases on Zodiac were produced and written by the team of Fred Bridges, Robert Eaton and Richard Knight, who also performed as the vocal group Brothers Of Soul. They also headed Detroit based label Boo Records where they released their own 45s while Zodiac primarily served as a vehicle specifically for Ruby Andrews, with only several other releases ~ a few by Chuck Bernard's and a few various one off and/or solo efforts from The Brothers Of Soul members. It appears that the label folded (for whatever reason) come 1973 and for a few years Andrews was mighty quiet. However, in 1976 she resurfaced on ABC Records with a few singles and an LP the following year. These releases find Ruby diving headfirst into the disco phenomena but this work is really far from phenomenal and really pales in comparison to her early 70s work in my personal opinion.

I Just Can't Get Enough collects the entirety of Ruby's single sides and the 3 LPs (yes, including the fore mentioned god awful disco one) released between 1965 and 1977, and it's worth noting that though the titles show a considerable over-lap, a portion of the album tracks are alternative re-recorded versions of the 45 tracks. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and MP3 @ 320kbs.
Thanks to original uploaders. Enjoy.

Saturday, 2 June 2018

On The Other Side

I've been sitting on this particular collection for quite some time, been holding off in hopes of actually completing it but I'm starting to think that might not happen. However, this collection does come damn close to completion and the songs are just too spectacular not too share. Ladies and lads ... here's one of my very favorite vocal groups, The Masqueraders!

The Masqueraders, have spanned a recording career of over 50 years and still enjoy the original line up of members from their beginnings half a century ago. Their story and history is one of musical struggle. Only their determination, sheer toil, perseverance and belief in what they were capable of held them together over these years. To have stayed together for such a length of time is almost unique. Groups like The Four Tops, The OJays, The Dells, etc have an equal claim to longevity but the major difference between these groups and The Masqueraders is that The Masqueraders achieved it without the commercial break out usually associated with a long successful career. They have written and released enough records to make collecting their output a whole hobby in itself. Most of their catalog of records are guaranteed floor fillers, some of them forty years from their musical birth. A catalog of 25 singles and 3 LP's, not too bad for a group that never really hit the big time in terms of commercial chart success ...

Now with an introduction like that I know you're eager to dig into this soul saga so I implore to continue reading this one at the SOURCE

On The Other Side is another 2 part-er ...

Part 1 collects the near entirety* of their 45s with La Beat, Soultown, Wand, Bell, AGP, Hi Records, The Masqueraders own short-lived label Stairway Records and others. Also including the one off 45 with Amy Records, credited to Lee Jones & The Sounds Of Soul and a few unissued tracks. These recordings span 1963-1975 and show the group in all sorts of fine forms.
Part 2 contains The Masqueraders 3 LPs spanning 1975-1980. 2 issued with ABC and a self titled 1980 release courtesy of Bang Records.

Source files in singles collection varied a bit, cleaned about 8-10 tracks up in Audacity and exported as MP3 @ 320kbs. All other files were 320kbs to begin with. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

The Masqueraders - 1971 - Masquerader's Theme (Stairway 71a)

*and could certainly use better versions of
The Masqueraders - 1963 - Man's Temptation (MK 101)
The Masqueraders - 1963 - Let's Dance (Dancing Doll) (MK 101)

Friday, 1 June 2018

Gusto's Groovy Gumbo Volume 28

01. Intensive Heat - 1971 - Keep An Eye On Your Close Friend
02. Willie West - 197X - I'm Still A Man (Lord Have Mercy)
03. Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers - 1970 - Right On (256KBS)
04. Mebusas - 1973 - Kwashioko
05. Shirley Nanette - 1973 - All Of Your Life
06. Marry McCreary - 1973 - Evil Woman
07. Eddie Floyd - 1974 - Stealing Love
08. O.C. Tolbert - 1971 - Along Came A Woman
09. Vee Vee Allen - 1970 - Yes, My Goodness Yes
10. Eula Cooper - 1970 - I Can't Help If I Love You
11. Lattimore Brown - 196X - Please, Please, Please
12. The Paramount Four - 1970 - You Must Leave Her Because You Love Her
13. Albert Smith - 1969 - The Thrill Is Gone
14. Fugi & Black Merda - 1968 - I'd Rather Be A Blind Man
15. Debbie Taylor - 1969 - Let's Prove Them Wrong
16. Deliverance Echoes - 1972 - Heaven (192KBS)
17. The Chambers Brothers - 1967 - So Tired
18. Soul Clan - 1968 - That's How It Feels
19. Freddie Waters - 1969 - Don't Let It Get You Down, Boy
20. Johnny Jones & The King Casuals - 1969 - Chip Off The Old Block
21. Dorothy Moore - 1976 - Here It Is
22. Jerry Washington - 1973 - In My Life I've Loved
23. Lonnie Lester - 197X - Power Structure [Parts 1 & 2]
24. The Metro-Tones Inc. - 1973 - You Can Do It (If You Put Your Mind To It)
25. Marie Adams - 1972 - Get Up And Do It

(MP3 @ 320kbs unless otherwise noted)