Wednesday, 30 January 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 14

A variety of flavors in today's volume of Goodie Grab Bags. Some great group soul from the early 60s and the early 70s via The Distants and The True Reflection; sandwiching the spectacular Sam E. Solo and the obscure Stacy Lane. Each with some fairly unique slices of R&B.

The Distants - Discography 1960-62 [6sides]

01. The Distants - 1960 - Come On (Warwick 546)
02. The Distants - 1960 - Always (Warwick 546)
03. The Distants - 1960 - Open Your Heart (Warwick 577)
04. The Distants - 1960 - All Right (Warwick 577)
05. Richard Street & The Distants - 1962 - Answer Me (Harmon 1002)
06. Richard Street & The Distants - 1962 - Save Me From This Misery (Harmon 1002)

Sam E. Solo - Discography 1962-67 [6sides]

01. Little Sammy & The Wheeletts - 1962 - Good By My Love (Rip-Cor 6001)
02. Little Sammy & The Wheeletts - 1962 - Jackie Please (Rip-Cor 6001)
03. Sam E. Solo - 1966 - Keep Falling (Ruby 5075)
04. Sam E. Solo - 1966 - Love Is Not A Game (Ruby 5075)
05. Sammy Soulo - 1967 - Baby Baby (Ruby 5090)
06. Sammy Soulo - 1967 - Bad Bad Whiskey (Ruby 5090)

Stacy Lane - Discography 1967-73 [9sides]

01. Stacy Lane - 1967 - No Ending (Bar 102)
02. Stacy Lane - 1967 - No Love Have I (Bar 102)
03. Stacy Lane - 1968 - African Twist (Excello 2293)
04. Stacy Lane - 1968 - I'm Out To Win You Over (Excello 2293)
05. Stacy Lane - 1969 - Funky Little Train (Excello 2302)
06. Stacy Lane - 1969 - No Brag, Just Fact (Excello 2302)
07. Stacy Lane - 197X - Gonna Need Somebody (Unissued)
08. Stacy Lane - 197X - Lifetime Of A Man (Unissued)
09. Stacy Lane - 1973 - Goin' Down The Drain (Playboy 50041) +

The True Reflection - Discography 1972-73 [11sides]

01. The True Reflection - 1972 - Beer Cans And Empty Hands (Atco 6905)
02. The True Reflection - 1972 - Silent Treatment (Atco 6905)
03. The True Reflection - 1973 - Whisper (Atco 6954) +
04. The True Reflection - 1973 - Whisper (Atco SD 7031)
05. The True Reflection - 1973 - That Was Yesterday (Atco SD 7031)
06. The True Reflection - 1973 - Society (Atco SD 7031)
07. The True Reflection - 1973 - What You Don't Know (Atco SD 7031)
08. The True Reflection - 1973 - It Really Hurts (Atco SD 7031)
09. The True Reflection - 1973 - Helpless Man (Atco SD 7031)
10. The True Reflection - 1973 - That's Where I'm Coming From (Atco SD 7031)
11. The True Reflection - 1973 - Look At All The Lonely People (Atco SD 7031)


Monday, 28 January 2019

When A Man Cries

Here we have a relatively new find for me, and what a find it is! With only a handful of singles and a lone LP, Johnny Robinson holds his own along side his southern soul contemporaries and doled out some top-notch deep soul senders; taking some familiar standards to new heights.

As is often the case with obscure but essential deep soul, the only site with any detailed information is the mighty Sir Shambling's so head on over THERE for a bio and breakdown of Robinson's brief but righteous body of work.

When A Man Cries collects the complete Johnny Robinson solo recordings. The debut 45 for Strike Records as 'Johnny R', the three 45s for OKeh Records and the Willie Mitchell produced LP, Memphis High. Also included is one of Robinson's two sides fronting Que Sunryse released in 1973. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Que Sunryse - 1973 - A Storm Brewing (Just Sunshine 514)

Saturday, 26 January 2019

GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 01 + 02

Several months ago when I dropped the Deep Dish series, I'm pretty sure I indicated an additional compilation anthology to come. Later than initially hoped for but here it is finally.
O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! was born out of the Grab Bag series; the five O's are a slightly abbreviated acronym for "One n' Only's, One-Offs & Oddities" and this series is just that! A collection of material released on 45s that either represent the artists' lone release or is a one-off collaboration/side project, and/or 45s from more established musicians, mis-credited or credited to a pseudonym. Furthermore, this is not just single sides, every volume will contain a bakers dozen of  both A's and B's. Of course this means that not everything will necessarily be a winner and file quality ranges quite a bit. That said, I picked the cuts here based on the strength of the material and many are double sided doozies for sure. As per usual, I lean a little heavy towards the deep stuff, however, this series returns to a more original Groovy Gumbo format and features a bit of everything from doo wop to deep funk, but mostly, just about every style of Soul/R&B that came between. In typical introductory fashion, here's the first two volumes, more to come.

GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 01

01. American Soul Train - 1968 - Can You Dig It (A&M 935a)
02. American Soul Train - 1968 - Tennessee Waltz (A&M 935b)
03. LeRoy Horne - 1969 - Don't Come Back (Pompeii 6672a)
04. LeRoy Horne - 1969 - There's A Way (Pompeii 6672b)
05. Robert Earl - 1965 - Say You'll Be Mine (Carol 103a)
06. Robert Earl - 1965 - Love Will Find A Way (Carol 103b)
07. Mildred Woodard - 1966 - Don't Let Anybody Know (Excello 2283a)
08. Mildred Woodard - 1966 - I've Waited So Long (Excello 2283b)
09. The Houserockers - 1964 - Come On Baby (Trophy International 1500a)
10. The Houserockers - 1964 - I'm So Lonely (Trophy International 1500b)
11. The Keynoters - 1962 - I Wanna Know Who (Keynote 504a)
12. The Keynoters - 1962 - Come Back Home (Keynote 504b)
13. Willie Small - 1967 - Say You Will (Jessica 401a)
14. Willie Small - 1967 - How High Can You Fly (Jessica 401b)
15. M.C. Williams - 1970 - Watch My Smoke (Dig 903a)
16. M.C. Williams - 1970 - You Move Me (Dig 903b)
17. Chain Of Fools - 197? - Searching Gor A Brand New Love (Mars La Tour 2066a)
18. Chain Of Fools - 197? - It Takes Two (Mars La Tour 2066b)
19. Rhonda Davis - 1972 - Long Walk On A Short Pier (Duke 473a)
20. Rhonda Davis - 1972 - Can You Remember (Duke 473b)
21. James K-Nine - 1972 - Counting Teardrops (Federal 12572a)
22. James K-Nine - 1972 - Live It Up (Federal 12572b)
23. Bad Medicine - 1974 - Tresspasser Part 1 (Enyx 002a)
24. Bad Medicine - 1974 - Tresspasser Part 2 (Enyx 002b)
25. Shay Holiday - 1972 - It's Not How Long You Make It (Soul Power 107a)
26. Shay Holiday - 1972 - Fight Fire With Fire (Soul Power 107b)


GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 02

01. Little David - 1964 - Call On Me (Symphony 40a)
02. Little David - 1964 - I Want The Good Life (Symphony 40b)
03. Bobby Valentino & Group [aka Bob Relf] - 1962 - Special Delivery (Lita 1003a)
04. Bobby Valentino & Group [aka Bob Relf] - 1962 - How Deep Is The Ocean (Lita 1003b)
05. King Louie & The Court Jesters - 1968 - I've Been Down So Long (Mockingbird MR-1007a)
06. King Louie & The Court Jesters - 1968 - Broadway Up Tight (Mockingbird MR-1007b)
07. Sloan Bey - 1970 - Look At Your Brother (Jonah J-100a)
08. Sloan Bey - 1970 - Tenderness (Jonah J-100b)
09. Ernie Wheelwright - 1969 - Begging You Back (Gaye 5005a)
10. Ernie Wheelwright - 1969 - In Your Arms (Gaye 5005b)
11. Starettes - 1966 - (My Baby) He's The Greatest Part 1 (Jewel 768a)
12. Starettes - 1966 - (My Baby) He's The Greatest Part 2 (Jewel 768b)
13. Joe Woods - 1965 - I Found A Love Part 1 (Hit Pack 437a)
14. Joe Woods - 1965 - I Found A Love Part 2 (Hit Pack 437b)
15. Willie & His People - 19?? - A Weak Man Cries (B & B 1007a)
16. Willie & His People - 19?? - Can't Love Nobody But You (B & B 1007b)
17. L.C. Green - 1975 - What You Been Putting Down (Solid State RM-4975a)
18. L.C. Green - 1975 - Start All Over Again (Solid State RM-4975b)
19. Jean Elias - 1971 - You Made Me An Anybody's Woman (Back Beat 623a)
20. Jean Elias - 1971 - How Long Can I Go On Fooling Myself (Back Beat 623b)
21. Barons Unlimited - 196? - My Word (III Star 2222a)
22. Barons Unlimited - 196? - Love Oh Love (III Star 2222b)
23. The Soul Brothers [Tony & Bill] - 1968 - She Put A Hurting On Me (Brunswick 55397a)
24. The Soul Brothers [Tony & Bill] - 1968 - This Thing Called Soul (Brunswick 55397b)
25. Sherry Pye [aka Claudine Clark] - 1969 - Gimme A Break (Match 300a)
26. Sherry Pye [aka Claudine Clark] - 1969 - Ask The Girl Who Knows (Match 300b)

Friday, 25 January 2019

Going Or Coming

Not necessarily unheralded but certainly underrated and under-appreciated for his seminal soul/blues crossover contributions of the early 60s. While maybe not held in the same high regard as his contemporaries, Ricky Allen was no less a champion of soul, blues and R&B.

Allen was born in Nashville, Tennessee and began his singing career as a member of a church choir in his home town. He relocated to Chicago in 1960 and received a recording contract one year later at Age Records. He had a local hit with "You Better Be Sure" and in 1963, his hit "Cut You A-Loose" reached #20 in Billboard's R&B chart. Some of his recordings, such as "It's A Mess I Tell You" and "I Can't Stand No Signifying", portended the emerging soul-blues style of the 70s. After his retirement from the music industry in the early 70s, he ran a laundry and a limousine service. In 2001, he performed at the Mönsterås Festival in Sweden, and the following year at the Chicago Blues Festival. He died in 2005, aged 70.

Going Or Coming gathers the near-complete recordings by Ricky Allen. 19 of his 20 45s cut between the early 60s to early 70s for Age, USA, 4 Brothers, Bright Star, One-Way Records, among others. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

05. Ricky Allen - 1961 - A Man's Got A Right (To Cry Sometimes) (Age 29105)

Wednesday, 23 January 2019

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 09

Over the course of the past several months, I've been chipping away at the complete and thorough examination of each and every artist featured on the beloved Sir Shambling's Deep Soul Heaven site and attempting to amass complete collections of the ones that jump out at me. The former, a far easier feat than the the latter but it was quite the undertaking nonetheless. One day I'll post my ridiculous "fill the gaps/request" list now that I'm done, but for now, I would like to take a moment to thank the mighty Sir Shambling for sharing his passion and love for deep and southern soul with us all and making such a wealth of information so readily available. I've linked the site here a number of times but if your new here or not familiar, go peruse! Given his hardships with two particular individuals who've profiteered from his efforts, I'm not quite sure how he feels about this site or if he even knows about it to be honest. I share other people's uploads, I cite other people's research. However, I ask for absolutely no monetary gain in return. I don't have a donation button on the blog, nor will I. I don't even ask for niceties (thought they're greatly appreciated), I do ask for understanding perhaps ... believe me, I get the value of rare and out of print music, I've been a collector my whole life and have spent an astronomical amount money on music and I've also received a small fortune's worth, for free. But here's the thing, I believe music is a gift and I'm a gift givin' son of a gun I guess. Hell, I was commandeering the family's radio, record player and cassette recorder to make mixed tapes when I was six years old and I never stopped. The genres, mediums and scope have shifted but this is who I am, not just something I do. So understand, I'm not going to stop nor apologize for it. And on that note, here's another wonderful installment in the Deep Dish series; dedicated to both lovers and haters alike.

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 09

01. Roc-Kays Band - 1971 - A Love  As True As Mine (Nairobi 2501)
02. Bobby Powell - 1970 - Have A Heart (Whit 6905)
03. L.J. Reynolds - 1970 - Call On Me (Mainstream 717)
04. Willie Hightower - 1970 - Time Has Brought About A Change (Fame 1474)
05. Gable Reed - 1970 - I'm Your Man (Minaret 151)
06. Rose Lynch - 1968 - I've Been Hurt (Winner 201)
07. Cash McCall - 1969 - I'll Always Love You (PS 501)
08. Bobby Barnes - 196? - I Shed A Tear (Discovery 1311)
09. O.V. Wright - 1967 - What Did You Tell That Girl Of Mine [alt] (Backbeat Unissued)
10. Percy Sledge - 1967 - Hard To Believe (Atlantic 2434)
11. Irma Thomas - 1967 - Somewhere Crying (Chess 2010)
12. Bobby Byrd - 1966 - Let Me Know (Smash 2052)
13. Jimmy Norman - 1966 - Can You Blame Me (Samar S116)
14. The Icemen - 1966 - Only Time Will Tell (Samar 117)
15. Eddie & Ernie - 1965 - I'm Goin' For Myself (Eastern 606)
16. Sam Baker - 1968 - Strange Sensations (Sound Stage 7 2620)
17. Don Bryant - 1969 - When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (Hi SHL 32054)
18. Willie Walker - 1968 - You Name It, I've Had It (Checker 1198)
19. Billie Dearborn - 1968 - Friday's Child (LHI 1210)
20. Syl Johnson - 1971 - Let's Start All Over Again (Twinight Unissued)
21. Clarence Carter - 1970 - Say Man (Atlantic SD 8267)
22. George Jackson - 1970 - I'm Gonna Hold On (Fame 1468)
23. Jeannie Reynolds - 1971 - People Make The World [w The Re-Leets] (Washington 1001)
24. Tyrone Davis - 1973 - Wrapped Up In Your Warm & Tender Love (Dakar 4526)
25. Lattimore Brown - 1970 - I Will (Renegade 1201)


Monday, 21 January 2019

Can't Hide The Hurt

Whether you recognize the name or not, you're certain to have heard the handy work of Don Bryant; having penned over 150 titles, primarily for Hi Records recording artists through the late 60s and 70s. And while his resume might read songwriter/singer that is in no way to down-play the man's recordings. Bryant could belt em out with as much confidence and conviction as the very best in the south, a versatile vocalist with a keen understanding of structure and timing.

Bryant was born in Memphis, Tennessee, United States, the middle of ten children. He began singing in church at age 5. He soon joined his father’s family vocal group and would eventually form a gospel quartet for a high school radio show, finding success singing secular pop songs on Dick “Cane” Cole’s popular WLOK show. The quartet, performing as The Four Kings, would part with Cole to become the front band for Willie Mitchell, with Bryant as the leading man. In 1960, the still teenage Bryant was offered a shot at songwriting, penning 'I Got To Know' for The 5 Royales. He wrote material for other artists at Hi Records while continuing to record with The Four Kings and as a solo artist, resulting in a 1969 solo album. However, with the success of Al Green, Otis Clay, and other vocalists at Hi, Bryant’s singing career took a backseat to writing, joining Earl Randle, Dan Greer, and Darryl Carter as Hi’s top staff writers. Bryant is credited on as many as 154 titles. By 1970, Willie Mitchell had begun to pair Bryant with his newest act, a young Ann Peebles, for whom he wrote '99 Pounds' and 'Do I Need You'. The pair co-wrote the Top 40 hit 'I Can't Stand The Rain' in 1973, and would be married the following year. Bryant spent much of the subsequent decade writing and opening for Peebles, with his final Hi single coming in 1981, a duet with his wife called 'Mon Belle-Amour'. Bryant focused mainly on gospel albums throughout the 80s and 90s, and ultimately stopped performing altogether outside of church services. Following a conversation between producer Scott Bomar and former Hi Records drummer Howard Grimes, Bryant was invited to perform as a vocalist with Memphis-based soul homage outfit The Bo-Keys. After some convincing from Grimes, Bryant accepted and, within a few months, found the inspiration to return to the studio. Bryant and The Bo-Keys recorded Don’t Give Up on Love in the fall of 2016, which was released on the Fat Possum label in 2017. The album features an array of Bryant’s past triumphs as well as new material.

Can't Hide The Hurt collects Bryant's complete 60s catalog with Hi Records. The Precious Soul LP, his proceeding 45s, a whopping 14 unissued cuts, plus a bonus folder with a near complete collection of Bryant's early efforts, fronting The Four Kings (late 50s-1965). All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and MP3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Second Hand Happiness

Despite having recorded under several aliases, digging up any details for Jimmy Conwell (aka James Conwell aka Richard Temple) has proven a little difficult. Given the popularity of several of his recordings in the Northern Soul scene, I find this a little bit surprising but I'm sure we'll make do. Unsure of his history prior to 1963, however, through the mid to late 60s, Conwell recorded as a soloist and as frontman for the short-lived yet excellent vocal outfit, The Exits. And again in the mid 70s with another vocal group, Smoke Sugar Company/Smoked Sugar.

James Conwell's debut came care of the 4-J label in 1963 with "The Trouble With Girls (Of Today)" bw "I Know I'm Sure (I'm In Love)". Late in 1966 Conwell re-surfaced with two back-to-back 45s for the Mirwood Records. The first of these, "Second Hand Happiness" bw "Cigarette Ashes" was credited to Jimmy Conwell while the second, "Could It Be" bw "That Beatin' Rhythm" were credited to Richard Temple. Cigarette Ashes has since become a go-to (albeit instrumental) anthem of the Northern Soul community; appearing on countless compilations and re-issued projects. Summer of 1967 found Conwell with L.A.'s Gemini Records and fronting The Exits. Their sound married late-'50s doo wop with mid-'60s soul and the material was a teary-compound of aspiration and hope and despair and hopelessness. They recorded their first song and biggest hit nameless and the producer came up with their name as James Conwell (lead), Godey Colbert, Esko Wallace, Louis Hendricks, and Charles Colbert were leaving the studio under the gleaming exit sign over the door. A new name was in order as they had recorded "Love Can't Be Modernized" bw "There's That Mountain" in early 1967 as the Trips for Soundsville Records. Conwell was the Exits' x-factor, a magnificent lead singer with a voice similar to Howard Tate's, but a more melodic, soaring, and harmonious instrument that could jerk tears from a mummy. They made noise in pockets across America with their first release, "Under The Street Lamp" bw "You Got To Have Money" on Gemini Records (August 1967). It was their most successful record, success being a relative term, as it got aired on many soul stations and was well-received where played. True to its astrological traits, impatient, flighty Gemini didn't work the record long enough, and before 1967 ended released a second recording, "I Don't Want To Hear It." It didn't take off, so ever-changing Gemini reissued "Under The Street Lamp" in early 1968. Not in it for the long haul, Gemini Records went out of business; Jimmy Conwell had also recorded as a solo act for the label, but those 45s withered as well. They went with Kapp Records for one glorious single in 1969, entitled "Another Sundown In Watts" bw "I'm So Glad," and therein lies the problem: the B-Side should have been the A-Side. That sadly was the last we'd hear fom The Exits or Jimmy Conwell in that capacity. In the mid 70s, Conwell re-emerged with a new vocal group. Two singles were released for Teri De Records by Smoke Sugar Company and were followed up by the 1975 LP via 20th Century Fox, credited to the shortened, Smoked Sugar. In 1977 as James Conwell, a final album, Let It Out was issued via Guinness Records. A number of the tracks are re-recorded songs from The Exits' Gemini days and though include a backing group, I'm uncertain as to whether the personel consists of former members of The Exits or Smoked Sugar or is comprised of completely different people.

Second Hand Happiness collects the complete Conwell package. All the fore mentioned releases as well as a few others. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 13

Another great little Grab Bag to get you through, over or around the weekly hump. Leaning more towards the deeper shades of soul this time out with discography's by funky soul sister Betty Bibbs, Chuck Thomas, J.B. Troy and the incredible Eddie Houston.

Betty Bibbs - Discography 1965-72 [11sides]

01. Betty Bibbs - 1965 - Homework [w Al Perkins] (USA 812)
02. Betty Bibbs - 1965 - Love Me Like I Love You [w Al Perkins] (USA 812)
03. Betty Bibbs - 1968 - Everyone But Me (Kent 496)
04. Betty Bibbs - 1968 - Enough For Everybody (Kent 496)
05. Betty Bibbs - 19?? - Pounds Of Soul (Unissued)
06. Betty Bibbs - 19?? - Who's Gonna Take Care Of Me (Saxy 500)
07. Betty Bibbs - 19?? - The Story Of My Life (Saxy 500)
08. Betty Bibbs - 19?? - First Come, First Served [demo] (Unissued)
09. Betty Bibbs - 19?? - If You Read My Mind (Unissued)
10. Betty Bibbs - 1972 - First Come First Served (GeNeva 500)
11. Betty Bibbs - 1972 - I Want Some Satisfaction (GeNeva 500)

Chuck Thomas - Discography 1965 [4sides]

01. Chuck Thomas - 1965 - Why Baby (Band Box 360)
02. Chuck Thomas - 1965 - Let Our Hearts Be Our Guide (Band Box 360)
03. Chuck Thomas - 1965 - What Can I Do (Band Box 365)
04. Chuck Thomas - 1965 - What Happened Baby (Band Box 365)

J.B. Troy - Discography 1966 [4sides]

01. J.B. Troy - 1966 - Every Man Needs A Woman (Musicor 1188)
02. J.B. Troy - 1966 - Ain't It The Truth (Musicor 1188)
03. J.B. Troy - 1966 - Live On (Musicor 1210)
04. J.B. Troy - 1966 - I'm Really Thankful (Musicor 1210)

Eddie Houston - Discography 1966-74 [10sides]

01. Eddie Houston - 1966 - Simon Says (Rise 1001)
02. Eddie Houston - 1966 - I Can't Go Wrong (Rise 1001)
03. Eddie Houston - 1968 - That's How Much (I Love You) (Capitol 2170)
04. Eddie Houston - 1968 - I Can't Go Wrong [alt] (Capitol 2170)
05. Eddie Houston - 1969 - Love Sure Is A Powerful Thing (Capitol 2397)
06. Eddie Houston - 1969 - I Won't Be The Last To Cry (Capitol 2397)
07. Eddie Houston - 19?? - Walk Through This World With Me (Capitol Unissued)
08. Eddie Houston - 19?? - That's How Much (I Love You) [alt] (Capitol Unissued)
09. Eddie Houston - 1974 - Away From Home (Ovation 1051)
10. Eddie Houston - 1974 - Knock & The Door Shall Be Opened (Ovation 1051)


Monday, 14 January 2019

Send For Me

With her lone hit "I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)," singer Barbara George recorded one of New Orleans R&B's definitive crossover smashes. Sadly her efforts steadily waned from then on and releases became few and far between through the remainder of the decade.

Born Barbara Ann Smith in the Crescent City's Ninth Ward on August 16, 1942, she began singing as a teen in her Baptist church choir and writing her own original songs. Already married by age 16, she later befriended local R&B legend Jessie Hill, who wrangled her an audition with saxophonist/arranger Harold Battiste's fledgling AFO (All For One) label. In June 1961 Battiste organized a split recording session for George and fellow AFO artist Prince La La at producer Cosimo Matassa's legendary J&M Studios. Backed by New Orleans studio icons including cornetist Melvin Lastie, guitarist Roy Montrell, and drummer John Boudreaux, an impassioned George cut the self-penned "I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)," a vibrant, up-tempo number inspired by the traditional hymn "Just a Closer Walk with Thee." Issued via AFO's national distribution deal with Juggy Murray's Sue Records, "I Know" hit radio and retail in late 1961 and proved an indomitable hit, topping the U.S. R&B charts and crossing over to number three on Billboard's pop countdown. Once the record broke, Murray began courting George with a Cadillac and new wardrobe (which he surreptitiously funded with her own royalties) and eventually persuaded her to buy out the remainder of her AFO contract. Her second and final AFO single "You Talk About Love" fell several slots shy of the U.S. Top 40 in the spring of 1962, and when Battiste defected to Los Angeles soon after , George's career floundered both professionally and creatively. The charm and verve of her AFO singles is sorely absent from Sue efforts like "If You Think," "Send for Me (If You Need Some Lovin)'," and "Recipe (For Perfect Fools)," and in the wake of 1963's prophetically titled "Something's Definitely Wrong," Murray terminated George's contract. After battling drug and alcohol problems, she resurfaced in 1968 on the New Orleans indie Seven B with the Eddie Bo-produced "Something You Got." When the single failed to return George to chart prominence, she retired from music to focus on raising her three sons, and apart from a pair of late-'70s releases on the local Hep' Me label, "Take Me Somewhere Tonight" and "This Is the Weekend," her recording career was over. -Jason Ankeny [allmusic]

Send For Me is short but sweet. George's lone and debut album with the five 45s that followed. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and MP3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Friday, 11 January 2019

Ain't It The Truth

Until more recent years this motor city mainstay went virtually unnoticed in America and found his most receptive audiences in the UK and abroad. His only brief brush with success on native land was in 1967. J.J. Barnes' "Baby Please Come Back Home" jammed all over the Midwest, East Coast, South, and west of the Mississippi River. Barnes sang the lyrics with so much pain that the single went to #9 on Billboard's R&B chart. Unofficially, it was number one at inner city skating rinks; skaters loved rolling to its cool, slinky, mercurial rhythm and pinging accents.

James Jay Barnes, born November 30, 1943, in Detroit, MI, had more than 25 single releases after his big hit, but none duplicated its captivating aura, sales, or chart position. Barnes' gospel background (the Halo Gospel Singers) isn't apparent on his recordings; he came along at a time in Detroit when the city's blues and R&B bases were strong. His style emulated Southern soul singers; the session players in Detroit in the early '60s were R&B players and gave Barnes' records a Southern feel. Other Detroit singers with a similar sound include Joe Stubbs, Steve Mancha, Darrell Banks, Sammy Ward, and Lee Rogers. In 1960, when he was 17, Barnes cut his first single, "My Love Came Tumbling Down" b/w "Won't You Let Me Know," for Kable Records, which did nothing but add "recording artist" to Barnes' resumé. This was not a title to take lightly -- a few spins on the radio enabled an artist to jack their price up at the neighborhood club. No longer was he, J.J. Barnes, appearing Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights; now J.J. Barnes, the recording artist, was appearing live and in person. Mickay Records issued four singles by Barnes; the first, "Just One More Time" (1963), is sought after by Northern soul fanatics. Scepter Records realized its potential and plucked it for national distribution, but the sales never amounted to much. "These Chains of Love," "Teenage Queen," and "So Far Away" -- all released in 1963 and 1964 -- were good efforts that few heard. He cut one record for Ring Records in 1964, "Poor Unfortunate Me" b/w "She Ain't Ready." Ric-Tic Records issued Barnes' seventh record and followed it with three more, debuting with "Please Let Me In" in 1965; like many of Barnes' recordings it had a pronounced, four-on-the-floor beat -- the beat that defined the early Northern soul sound. Initially, if a tune didn't have that beat, it wasn't played in Northern England's popular dance clubs. Inner-city teens hated the beat (it wasn't cool to dance to) and R&B disc jockeys rarely played these tunes. Still, his Ric-Tic debut sold better than previous singles. "Real Humdinger," its successor, charted at #20 on the R&B chart and #60 on the pop chart, but, despite these numbers, wasn't played in some cities, mainly because of its hokey beat. An update of the Beatles' "Day Tripper" became his most successful record at the time. Barnes' smooth interpretation of the British rocker received substantial play in many urban cities. With Edwin Starr (lead) and Steve Mancha, Barnes hit with "I'll Love You Forever" as the Holidays. The record was a complete fluke -- the trio just happened to be around when producer Don Davis got an itch to cut the tune. They never toured as the Holidays, Davis recruited other singers for that. "Say It" b/w "Deeper in Love" didn't stand a chance because Ed Wingate was in the process of selling Ric Tic/Golden World Records lock, stock, and barrel to Motown. Barnes wasn't happy being Motown's property, neither was his ex-Ric-Tic bud, Edwin Starr. Motown never released anything by Barnes, the company was more interested in his songwriting abilities and released at least two songs co-written by Barnes: "Show Me the Way" by Martha & the Vandellas (October 1967) and "Don't Make Hurting Me a Habit" by the Marvelettes (December 1968). Motown released Barnes from his contract and he hooked up with Don Davis again, scoring the first time on Groovesville Records with "Baby Please Come Back Home." Its successor, "Now That I Got You Back" b/w "Forgive Me" (1967), a stomper and a pleader, threw a rod at #44. The third, "Sweet Sherry," with the Originals harmonizing behind Barnes, didn't sell despite its immense charm. Then came "Easy Living" b/w "I've Lost You," with backing vocals by the Holidays, on the Groove City label, which sank upon release. A stint on Revilot Records resulted in four singles, including "Our Love Is in the Pocket," a popular Northern soul song. Barnes co-wrote his final Revilot single, "So Called Friends" (1969), with George Clinton (Parliament) and two unknown brothers by the last name of Taylor. Buddah, Volt, Leo, Magic Touch, Perception, and Invasion Records issued Barnes' next five releases from 1969 to 1973. None hit, but "Snowflakes," the Volt release, was later acclaimed by some Britishers. Perception issued the first J.J. Barnes album, Born Again, in 1973; the Perception sides didn't compare to earlier recordings, nor did what followed. Old friend Edwin Starr moved to England and became very popular; remembering Barnes, Starr arranged for his old buddy to come over and do a series of shows with him. This proved to be a lucrative move, as Barnes signed a deal with Contempo Records, a U.K. label, in the mid-'70s. Contempo cranked out seven undistinguished singles and an album, Sara Smile, for Barnes. He debuted on Contempo with "To an Early Grave," cut a remake of Hall & Oates' "Sara Smile," and tried to popularize an inner city dance tune, "The Errol Flynn."
A virtual nobody in the States, Barnes is one of Northern soul's most beloved artists. A janissary of soul fans worldwide love him, but at home his sister, Ortheia Barnes, is more known. Ortheia Barnes never had a hit, but once hosted a radio show in Detroit on WCHB every Wednesday called Ortheia's Special Touch; she's fondly remembered by witnesses of her electrifying live performances. -Andrew Hamilton [allmusic]

Ain't It The Truth collects close to the complete efforts of JJ Barnes. His 1973 debut album for the Perception imprint, the Groovesville Masters LP (1975) and Sara Smile album, both released via Contempo Records, a near-complete singles collection spanning 1960 to 1975 and the double-disc Goldmine Supply comp also titled Groovesville Masters, which features an additional 17 unissued recordings. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and MP3 @ 320kbs. thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.


*Missing single sides:
08. JJ Barnes - 1963 - Some One (Mickay's 351)
09. JJ Barnes - 1964 - So Far Away (Mickay's 354)
10. JJ Barnes - 1964 - Love Requires Understanding (Mickay's 354)

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 08

Today's edition of Deep Dish Delicacies comes a little more focused than previous volumes, taking a well rounded look back at what some might consider the birth of deep soul. Soul music itself had not yet clearly been defined, nor confined to any particular standards so throughout the early 60s artists really started pushing the boundaries of rhythm and blues, infusing all sorts of styles into their sound. Coupled with the doo wop revival of the time, this made for some magical music, incredible recordings and most importantly, laid the groundwork for the coming generation.

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 08

01. Harold Burrage - 1960 - You Mean The World To Me (Vee-Jay Unissued)
02. Syl Johnson - 1962 - I Resign From Your Love (Federal 12454)
03. Eddie & Ernie - 1963 - It's A Weak Man That Cries (Checker 1057)
04. The Shells - 1962 - Deep In My Heart (Johnson 119)
05. Solomon Burke - 1963 - If You Need Me (Atlantic 2185)
06. Clay Hammond - 1963 - Gonna Be Some Changes (Galaxy 723)
07. Johnnie Taylor - 1962 - Never, Never (Sar 131)
08. Wilson Pickett - 1963 - It's Too Late (Double-L 717)
09. Jimmy Hughes - 1964 - Steal Away Pt 1 (Fame 6401)
10. Jimmy Hughes - 1964 - Steal Away Pt 2 (Fame Unissued)
11. Sugar Pie DeSanto - 1964 - My Baby's Got Soul (Checker Unissued)
12. The Four Rivers - 1963 - Sooner Or Later (Josie 901)
13. Danny White - 1963 - Make Her Mine (Frisco 106)
14. Harrison Brothers - 1964 - Standing On The Corner (Everlast 5028)
15. Robert Earl - 1965 - Say You'll Be Mine (Carol 103)
16. Otis Clay - 1965 - Cry Cry Cry (One-Derful! Unissued)
17. Tony Borders - 1964 - You Are My Treasure (Hall 1926)
18. Ella Washington - 1964 - Nightmare (Octavia 0002)
19. Wallace Brothers - 1963 - Faith (Sims 158)
20. Joe Hinton - 1963 - There's No In Between (Back Beat 539)
21. Bobby Marchan - 1964 - I Gotta Sit Down And Cry (Dial 3022)
22. The Rivingtons - 1963 - I'm Losing My Grip (Liberty 55553)
23. Otis Redding - 1964 - Pain In My Heart (Atco SD 33-161)
24. McKinley Mitchell - 1965 - Watch Over Me (One-Derful 4832)
25. Margie Hendrix - 1965 - Baby (Mercury 72420)


Monday, 7 January 2019

Take This Hurt Off Me

A brilliant southern  deep soul/blues singer and songwriter, Florida's Big John Hamilton had a great gruffed up voice to match his name, though he practically defines the concept of obscurity.

Hamilton cut eight solo 45s as well as a couple of duets with Doris Allen (including an interesting version of Buddy Miles' "Them Changes") for Florida's Minaret Records, few of which had any impact outside of the region. Hamilton also penned a number of songs for fellow Minaret label mates during his brief run. Two singles collections have been issued on CD, yet neither has managed to be entirely complete. The powerful "How Much Can A Man Take" from 1968, occasionally shows up on soul collections and is a true gem.

Take This Hurt Off Me gathers the complete Minaret recordings, including over half a dozen unissued (at the time) tracks and Hamilton's one-off 45 for SSS International. As an added bonus, I've thrown in the Soulscape CD of rare and unissued recordings. It pales in comparison to Hamilton's issued material but worth having regardless. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and MP3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Friday, 4 January 2019

Do You Remember

The younger brother of Sam Cooke, L.C. Cooke was also a singer, although he achieved his greatest prominence on paper, as a songwriter, thanks to his more famous brother's tangled contractual relationships. That said, he was far more than just competent when it came belting 'em out and delivered in much the same 'softly yearning' vein as his older brother.

L.C. Cook was born two years after Sam, the fifth of ten children of the Rev. Charles Cook and his wife Annie May. The entire family was musical, steeped in gospel, and while Sam was the most obvious potential star, L.C. was also a budding singer while still a young boy. In the late '30s, Sam organized a group called the Singing Children with two of his sisters, which L.C. later joined to make a gospel quartet. The two sang together in the family quintet the Singing Children, and later in the Nobleairs, and achieved some success together in the late 40s as members of the Highway Q.C.'s. They stopped singing together when L.C.'s older brother was recruited into the ranks of the Soul Stirrers in 1951. In 1956, Cook joined the Chicago-based R&B vocal group the Magnificents, which had been formed by Johnny Keyes not much more than a year earlier. At the time, the Magnificents recorded for Vee-Jay Records and were enjoying huge success with their half-million selling single "Up on the Mountain." Cook also began recording, cutting the single "I Need Your Love" for Chess Records. In 1960, he signed with his brother's newly-formed SAR Records label. Cook recorded several singles for SAR, but despite the uncanny similarities between his and Sam Cooke's voice, his early efforts were all failures. The closest that L.C. Cook ever came to even a modest hit at SAR was also his first not to be produced by Sam. "The Wobble" and "Put Me Down Easy," both written by Sam Cooke and recorded by his brother in 1963, failed to chart, but at least had a run at success, particularly the former, a novelty dance tune. Ironically, Cooke had a major chart hit with a song -- Chester "Howlin' Wolf" Burnett's "Little Red Rooster" -- that L.C. Cook rejected as a single for himself. In the wake of Sam Cooke's death in late 1964, L.C. Cook announced plans for a tribute, and he continued to perform and record. L.C. Cooke toured with the Upsetters, Little Richard’s legendary backing band. The following year L.C. recorded a damn fine tribute album to his late brother, with a limited run issued by Blue Rock Records. A couple 45s followed and a final entry a few years later in 1968, with Wand Records. Unfortunately his career never ascended to anything resembling his brother's, as a singer or songwriter.

Do You Remember collects the complete L.C. Cooke recordings, including the Blue Rock tribute LP and a handful of unissued cuts for SAR Records. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and MP3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 12

It might feel like a Monday but it's most certainly a Wednesday, compilation day. So let's get this year going with a Goodie Grab Bag choc-full of some short lived yet lively vocal groups. Today we feature collections from Webs, The Rayons, The Flint Emeralds and Freeman Brothers!

Webs - Discography 1965-68 [14sides]

01. Webs - 1965 - You Don't Love Nobody (Whiz 508)
02. Webs - 1965 - I Can't Take It No More (Whiz 508)
03. Webs - 1965 - Can't Let You Go (Whiz 509)
04. Webs - 1965 - Try Loving Me (Whiz 509)
05. Webs - 1966 - Don't Ever Hurt Me (Dynamic 109)
06. Webs - 1966 - Little Girl Blue (Dynamic 109)
07. Webs - 1967 - Keep Your Love Strong (Atlantic 2415)
08. Webs - 1967 - Let's Party (Atlantic 2415)
09. Webs - 1967 - This Thing Called Love (Popside 4593)
10. Webs - 1967 - Tomorrow (Popside 4593)
11. Webs - 1968 - Give In (Popside 4595)
12. Webs - 1968 - It's So Hard To Break A Habit (Popside 4595)
13. Webs - 1968 - We Belong Together (Verve 10610)
14. Webs - 1968 - I Want You Back (Verve 10610)

The Rayons - Discography 1967-69 [4sides]

01. The Rayons - 1967 - Baby Be Good (Forte 105-C)
02. The Rayons - 1967 - You Confuse Me Baby (Forte 105-C)
03. The Rayons - 1969 - Do You Love Me (Decca 732521)
04. The Rayons - 1969 - I'm Giving Up Baby (Decca 732521)

The Flint Emeralds - Discography 1968-6? [4sides]

01. The Flint Emeralds - 1968 - Is It All A Bad Dream (Coconut Groove 4021)
02. The Flint Emeralds - 1968 - You Don't Know That I Love You (Coconut Groove 4021)
03. The Flint Emeralds - 196? - Just Like A Baby (Gatewood AR-849)
04. The Flint Emeralds - 196? - Steal Away (Gatewood AR-849)

Freeman Brothers - Discography 1964-70 [8sides]

01. Freeman Brothers - 1964 - I'm Counting On You (Mala 485)
02. Freeman Brothers - 1964 - Everyday It's You (Mala 485)
03. Freeman Brothers - 1965 - My Baby (Soul 35011)
04. Freeman Brothers - 1965 - Beautiful Brown Eyes (Soul 35011)
05. Freeman Brothers - 1965 - You Got Me On A String (Int. Allied 501)
06. Freeman Brothers - 1965 - Swingin' Round The Town (Int. Allied 501)
07. Freeman Brothers - 1970 - Sally Goes Up The Ladder (Sprout JS 425-1)
08. Freeman Brothers - 1970 - Life Of Love (Sprout JS 425-1)