Monday, 29 April 2019

Big Party

As far as female fronted southern soul groups go (not that there were many), my money is on none other than Barbara & The Browns! A superb blend of both the deep anguished southern style and the care-free northern soul style, sweeping through the club circuits at that time.

The group were from Memphis, Tennessee, and originally comprised of Barbara Brown with her sisters Roberta, Betty, Maurice, and brothers Walter and Richard writing some of their material. In 1963 they auditioned with Chips Moman, intending to record gospel music, but Moman persuaded them to record his secular song "Big Party". The song was released as a single on Wilmo Records, and after it became locally successful the master was leased to Stax Records. The record rose to # 97 on the Billboard Hot 100 during a period when no R&B chart was being published. Stax released two more singles by the group, "In My Heart" and "I Don't Want Trouble" in 1964-65, but neither were commercially successful. The group were then signed by Gene Lucchesi to the XL label, who recorded the group - and, then, Barbara as a solo artist - using producer Charles Chalmers. Several singles were released on the Cadet, Atco, Tower labels, and on XL/Sound of Memphis itself. Although subsequently highly regarded by critics and aficionados of southern soul, the records unfortunately sold poorly at the time. Barbara Brown did not record after 1972. She died in Detroit, Michigan in 2010; she was in her seventies.

Big Party collects the complete recordings of the group and includes upwards of a dozen unissued and unreleased recordings. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Friday, 26 April 2019

Never Let Her Go

Originally known simply as The Bandwagon, they were formed in 1967 and featured Artie Fullilove, Billy Bradley, Terry Lewis and lead singer Johnny Johnson. Their early hits are still revered as Northern soul classics, as they espoused a more commercial pop-soul style similar in sound to that of early Tamla - Motown, as opposed to the more funky progressive style favored by contemporaries like Sly & the Family Stone and The Isley Brothers. Furthermore, Johnson's vocal delivery was heavily fashioned in the style of  my absolute favorite Motowner of all time; The Four Tops' Levi Stubbs, which of course added to their already nostalgic essence.

Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon had their first major UK hit in October 1968 with "Breakin' Down the Walls of Heartache", written and produced by Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell, on the Direction label, part of CBS, which reached #4 on the UK Singles Chart. In 1969 the group disbanded, and all subsequent releases were billed as Johnny Johnson & His Bandwagon. In effect, the act was basically Johnson plus additional vocalists, who were hired for recording, touring and TV performances. Because they had been so much more successful in Britain and Europe, they based themselves in London, with songwriter Tony Macaulay being primarily responsible for the next stage of their career. They had top ten hits with "Sweet Inspiration" (1970), and "(Blame It) On The Pony Express" (1970). The latter track was written by Macaulay, Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway. Their recording career continued through the 70s, with a late 1970 / early 1971 LP 'Soul Survivor', produced by Macaulay, as well as subsequent, less successful singles that year including "Sally Put Your Red Shoes On" and a cover version of the Bob Dylan song, "Mr Tambourine Man", on the Bell label. They left Bell, for further singles including "Honey Bee" (1972), on Stateside Records, and "Music to My Heart" (1975), on Epic Records, written and produced by Biddu. Johnson had not been well for several years, and the pressures of constantly touring during the early 1970s took a heavy toll. He retired to Rochester and has lived there since. "Breakin' Down the Walls of Heartache" enjoyed a new lease of life in 1980, when covered by Dexys Midnight Runners on the b-side of "Geno", and as an album track in 1981 on a solo album by Bram Tchaikovsky, formerly of The Motors. It was also popular in UK soul clubs, during the early 80s.

Never Let Her Go gathers both full-length LPs and a near complete singles collection from this fairly short-lived outfit. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

*missing single sides*
Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon - 1972 - Never Set Me Free (Bell 1221)
Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon - 1975 - Lookin' Lean Feelin' Mean (Epic M-3458)

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 20

Headed out for a bi-weekly hike over the hump? Good, good ... I packed a bag for you. It's stuffed tight with half a dozen deep essentials for just about any destination you may be headed.

Eddie Jefferson - Discography 1964-66 [4sides]

01. Eddie Jefferson - 1964 - I Don't Want You Anymore (Stax 147)
02. Eddie Jefferson - 1964 - Uh-Oh (I'm In Love Again) (Stax 147)
03. Eddie Jefferson - 1966 - When You Look In The Mirror (Goldwax 316)
04. Eddie Jefferson - 1966 - Some Other Time (Goldwax 316)

James Barnett - Discography 1966-6? [4sides]

01. James Barnett - 1966 - Keep On Talking (Fame 1001)
02. James Barnett - 1966 - Take A Good Look (Fame 1001)
03. James Barnett - 196? - You're So Fine (Fame Unissued)
04. James Barnett - 196? - It Tears Me Up (Fame Unissued)

Tony Ashley - Discography 1967-69 [6sides]

01. Tony Ashley & The Delicates - 1967 - All Along I've Loved You (Forte 1106) (Decca 32240)
02. Tony Ashley & The Delicates - 1967 - I'll Never Be Satisfied (Forte 1106) (Decca 32240)
03. Tony Ashley - 1968 - We Must Have Love (Decca 32342)
04. Tony Ashley - 1968 - I Can't Put You Down (Decca 32342)
05. Tony Ashley - 1969 - Just A Taste (Decca 32520)
06. Tony Ashley - 1969 - I'll Go Grazy (Decca 32520)

Sandy Gaye - Discography 1969 [3sides]

01. Sandy Gaye - 1969 - Talk Is Cheap (Tragar 6915) (Moonshot 69001)
02. Sandy Gaye - 1969 - Watch The Dog That Bring The Bone (Tragar 6915)
03. Sandy Gaye - 1969 - He's Good For Me (Moonshot 69001)

Donald Lee Richardson - Discography 1969 [4sides]

01. Donald Lee Richardson - 1969 - Bring Your Love Home To Me (Soulville 1020)
02. Donald Lee Richardson - 1969 - The Midnight Ride Of Paul Revers (Soulville 1020)
03. Donald Lee Richardson - 1969 - I've Learned My Lesson (Soulville 1022)
04. Donald Lee Richardson - 1969 - You Got Me In The Palm Of Your Hand (Soulville 1022)

Bette Williams - Discography 1970-7? [9sides]

01. Bette Williams - 1970 - He Took My Hand (Swamp Dogg Presents 101)
02. Bette Williams - 1970 - Robin Right On (Swamp Dogg Presents 101)
03. Bette Williams - 1971 - A Feeling For Someone Else Has Grown (GreGar 71-0110)
04. Bette Williams - 1971 - Another Man Took My Husban's Place (GreGar 71-0110)
05. Bette Williams - 1971 - Now That I'm Gone (GreGar 71-0113)
06. Bette Williams - 1971 - If She's Your Wife (GreGar 71-0113)
07. Bette Williams - 1971 - If You Get Him (GreGar 71-0113 alt press)
08. Bette Williams - 197? - Got To Travel On (Unissued)
09. Bette Williams - 197? - Can't Win For Losing (Unissued)


Monday, 22 April 2019

Foolish Hearts Break Fast

Although never having one of his recordings issued by the label, Stax Records was where Homer Banks had his greatest success. Many of the songs he wrote for the label's artists in the 60s an 70s have become contemporary classics. However, his own cuts for Minit Records in the late 60s and Warner Brothers in the late 70s aptly display his skills as a singer as well as a songwriter.

Banks was born in Memphis, Tennessee, and at the age of 16 formed the Soul Consolidators gospel group which toured around the southern states, often performing his own material. After military service, he returned to Memphis in 1964, and started a singing career with the small Genie label where he met Isaac Hayes and David Porter. Soon, Stax founder Estelle Axton hired him to work at the record shop attached to the company's Satellite Studios, where he stayed for three years. Jim Stewart at Stax refused to give Banks a contract as a singer, but after cutting a few 45s for Memphis' Minit Records, eventually Stax did give him a songwriting contract. He began working with co-writer Allen Jones, placing songs with Johnnie Taylor and Sam and Dave, and also writing "I Can't Stand Up For Falling Down", later a UK hit for Elvis Costello. Banks had greater success with the Staple Singers, writing their first Stax single "Long Walk To DC", and then some of their biggest hits including "If You're Ready (Come Go With Me)". In 1968 he formed a songwriting trio with Bettye Crutcher and Raymond Jackson, calling themselves We Three. Their first song was "Who's Making Love", which was recorded by Johnnie Taylor and became a # 3 pop hit and # 1 R&B hit, Stax's biggest. Banks also wrote, with Jackson and Carl Hampton, "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right", a song first recorded by The Emotions which became a hit when recorded by Luther Ingram, and later recorded by Isaac Hayes and Millie Jackson and many other singers, including Barbara Mandrell, Rod Stewart and Cassandra Wilson. Banks' twin brother James also worked for Stax, co-writing the company's last big hit, Shirley Brown's "Woman to Woman". After Stax folded, Homer Banks and Carl Hampton signed a publishing deal with A&M Records and moved to California, where they continued to write but with less success. With Carl Hampton, he co-wrote "I've Got A Feeling (We'll Be Seeing Each Other Again)", which was recorded by Al Wilson. The song was produced by Marc Gordon and arranged by H.B. Barnum. The B side "Be Concerned" was produced by Herbert Santifer. The record made it to no 43 on the Billboard HOT 100 on July 26, 1976. In 1977, as Banks and Hampton, they recorded the album Passport To Ecstasy for Warner Bros. Records. In the 1980s, Banks formed the Two's Company recording company with Lester Snell, which released albums by J. Blackfoot and Ann Hines. In 1983 Homer Banks, Reginald Jenkins and Chuck Brooks formed Sound Town Records, Inc. and released the top twenty album on J. Blackfoot titled "City Slicker" which included the top five single "Taxi" and also debuted on the Billboard Magazine Hot 100 Chart which he wrote and produced with Chuck Brooks. Banks and Brooks also produced the "Intimate Storm" album on the Sound Town Records label which included four singles that made the Billboard R&B Chart. All of these song were produced for World Production Company formed and owned by Banks, Reginald (Reggie) Jenkins and Chuck Brooks. Homer Banks died in Memphis of cancer, aged 61.

Foolish Hearts Break Fast gathers both of Banks' recording stints. First his 1965 to 1969 run, including his debut 45 for Genie Records, his handful of 45s for Minit Records and ten unissued cuts. Second batch covers the brief stretch as Banks & Hampton for Warner Bros in 1976/77 and includes two 45s and their full length LP 'Passport To Ecstacy'. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Don't Do It No More

Often mistaken for a husband/wife act, Inez & Charlie Foxx were in fact a brother/sister R&B duo from Greensboro, North Carolina. Inez sang lead vocal, while Charlie sang back-up and played guitar. A damn fine 60s duo, and despite Charlie calling it quits at the tail of the decade, Inez eked out a superb southern soul long player all of her own in the early/mid 70s.

Charlie Foxx began singing with a gospel choir as a child in the early 50s, and was later joined by his sister Inez. In 1960 Inez traveled to New York City and recorded for Brunswick Records using the name Inez Johnston, but with little success. In early 1963, the pair introduced themselves to Henry 'Juggy' Murray, the owner of Sue Records, and sang him their arrangement of the traditional lullaby "Hush, Little Baby". The song, re-titled "Mockingbird", was released in 1963 and made the Top 10 on both the US rhythm and blues and pop charts. It was their most successful record, sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.[4] It was later covered by artists including Aretha Franklin, James Taylor and Carly Simon, Dusty Springfield, Etta James with Taj Mahal and Toby Keith. The record company, keen to promote Inez Foxx as a solo singer, issued later recordings under her name alone, despite the presence of two voices on the records. Perhaps because "Mockingbird" was seen as a novelty record, the pair had difficulty following it up, although "Ask Me" and "Hurt by Love" made the lower reaches of the US charts, and "Hurt by Love" also reached the UK singles chart. In 1966 the pair joined Musicor Records and recorded for its subsidiary label, Dynamo. They returned to the pop charts in 1967 with "(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days", and became known for their exciting live performances. They toured extensively in Europe and their music played a key role in the development of the Northern soul movement, upon which scene they had the very popular "Tightrope" single. Inez Foxx married songwriter and producer Luther Dixon in the late 1960s. Together they wrote, and he produced, the Platters' mid 60s return to hit-making with the single "I Love You 1000 Times". Luther Dixon produced Inez and Charlie's 1967 Dynamo album Come By Here, but the couple later divorced. Inez also had some success recording on her own, beginning in 1969. Charlie was already working as a songwriter and record producer when they finally disbanded their act. Inez continued to record as a solo singer for Volt Records into the mid-70s, releasing several singles and a righteous full-length LP.

Don't Do It No More collects the complete package. The duo's three LPs, all the 45s, plus Inez's pre and post duo solo recordings and as an added bonus, I've included the Inez & Charlie Foxx's Swinging Mockin' Band instrumental LP featuring their backing band from the Dynamo sessions. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Wednesday, 17 April 2019

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 16

Next month I'll be switching it up a bit with what I post and when but for now, welcome back to another regularly scheduled dosage of impassioned soul balladry via the latest installment of Deep Dish Delicacies. Chock full of smokin' soul senders, spanning the early to mid 60s.

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 16

01. Willie Wright & His Sparklers - 1960 - What Will I Say (Federal 12382)
02. Donnie Elbert - 1960 - Will You Ever Be Mine (Vee Jay 336)
03. Tommy Knight - 1961 - There's No Pain (Gold Eagle 1801)
04. The Shells - 196? - Cry Baby Cry (Johnson Unissued)
05. Joe Perkins - 1961 - I'm Not Gonna Leave (Sapton 100)
06. The Versitiles - 1962 - Love Me (Amaker 417)
07. Willie Que - 1963 - Don't Wait Till Tommorow (Dumas 1214)
08. Maxine Davis - 1963 - I Found A Love (Guyden 2099)
09. Dr. Feelgood & The Interns - 1962 - I'll Be Home One Day (Okeh OKM 12101)
10. Bob & Earl - 1962 - Don't Ever Leave Me (Tempe 102)
11. LC Steels - 196? - Yesterday Is Already Gone (Steels 101)
12. Sherman Evans - 1963 - If I Should Die (Manco 1049)
13. Otis Redding - 1964 - You Send Me (Atco SD 33-161)
14. Art Grayson - 1964 - Oh My Heartache (4 Corners Of The World 106)
15. The Music City Soul Brothers - 1964 - Something In My Eye (Music City 855)
16. The Invincibles - 1964 - Heart Full Of Love (Warner Bros 5495)
17. Sandra Phillips - 1965 - When Midnight Comes (Broadway 402)
18. Dell Stewart - 1965 - Didn't I Tell You (Watch 6343)
19. Bobby Harris - 1965 - That's When I'll Stop Lovin' You (Turntable 715)
20. LC Cooke - 1965 - Bring It On Home To Me (Blue Rock MGB 24001)
21. Willie Hightower - 1966 - Warm & Tender Love (Fury Unissued)
22. Len Wade & The Tikis - 196? - What Am I Living For (Minaret Unissued)
23. Gene Cooper & The Voices - 1966 - The Kind Of Man I Am (Hi-Q 5037)
24. The Ovations - 1966 - I Believe I'll Go Back Home (Goldwax 306)
25. Little Ronnie Mudd  1967 - A Teardrop Fell (MalPass 101)


Monday, 15 April 2019

It's A Sad Thing

When it comes to distinguishing pioneers and determining quite who did what first in the world of soul music, the waters can get a bit murky at times. The transitioning landscapes, experimentation and the sheer explosive energy of the music scene between 1959 and 1961 fostered a seemingly endless stream of trend setting talents. Each, hot on the heels of the former. For quite a few years I believed Sam & Dave set the standard for the male vocal duo that was so dominate throughout the 60s, however, that particular crown belongs to another pair. The Sims Twins or sometimes The Simms Twins (or as I refer to them ... The Simhmmms Twins) laid the foundation for a sound that was duplicated time and time again over the following decades by duo's and group outfits alike. Their output was a far cry from excessive but about as close to excellence as any mere mortals could expect to achieve. Their career lasted thirteen years and only produced as many 45s, but here's the thing ...
there's not a single dud among them. Quality, not quantity ... mhmmm, that's where it's at!!!

Originally from Elba, Louisiana the Simms (or Sims) family moved to LA in 1948, some 11 years after twins Bobbie and Kenny were born. They were part of the Simms Sextet family gospel group from an early age, but branched out into secular music, catching the ear of Sam Cooke in 1961. Their sound was based on those fine West Coast double acts Marvin & Johnny and especially the raucous Don & Dewey, but their vocals dripped of their church background - maybe the first duo to claim that territory. Their first release, the infectious melodic “Soothe Me” was a huge hit of course and set a new standard, and even style, of male duo singing that other pairs like Sam & Dave and everybody who wanted to be Sam & Dave were influenced by. All of their Sar 45s are of the highest quality, with memorable songs like the excellent “That’s Where It’s At”, taken at a lovely slow pace, the bouncy “Right To Love” and the Latin tinged “I’ll Never Come Running Back To You”. After Sam Cooke’s tragic death and the ending of Sar, the Twins moved to Omen under the direction of  Cooke’s partner and friend J W Alexander. It's possible that the tracks on the label were recorded during the Sar years - certainly "I Go-Fer You" is exactly the same cut as the original release. You’ve Got To Do The Best You Can, first written and performed by Carl Walden, was a highly effective initial release. Great testifying  and some fine horn charts make this the best cut of this excellent number. The flip “Thankful” was another tasteful slice of gospel soul. Their second Omen 45 had a version of Johnny Adams’ evergreen New Orleans deep “A Losing Battle” which in the hands of Alexander and arranger became a romping rhythm and blues workout. Their only Parkway 45 is a real beauty. Baby It's Is Real is an absolute stunner of a deep soul ballad. Wonderful harmonies on a song that has some lovely church based chord changes, and an arrangement which features a great big horn section. This is arguably their very best track. Sadly the Convoy release isn’t quite up to this standard despite the appeal of the blues ballad “It’s a Sad Thing”, but their Kent recordings were certainly a step up. The lively “Bring It On Home Where You Belong” has echoes of those glory days of Sar in its title, and the tasteful “I’ve Got To Win Your Love” is well worth seeking out. The sole 45 for Specialty was produced by Dillard Crume and the uptempo “Shake It On Up” is in its own way as impressive – certainly the vocals are as fiery as usual and the song is enormously infectious, despite the duff title. The Twins final release came in 1974, and fortunately they left the recording scene on a high note. It’s All Over for Ray Charles’ Crossover label is a wonderful deep soul ballad, full of those blues touches that all their very best tracks had. And Charles’ arrangement and production is just about perfect. I’m a big fan of male duo singing and I don’t think there’s one who doesn’t owe a debt of gratitude to the pioneering gospel style of the Simms Twins. The first and one of the very best. ~ Sir Shambling

It's A Sad Thing collects the complete issued recordings of The Sims Twins. 24 slices of paradise! High praise to @hwolf for providing the handful of cuts I was missing. Most of these tracks are high quality remasters and some are not. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Enjoy.

Friday, 12 April 2019

Can You Stand It

Deep and gritty R&B vocalists were a dime a dozen in Detroit during the hey-day of soul. However, very few could belt em out with the conviction and sheer force of Buddy Lamp. Appropriately earning the moniker "Son of Thunder" in his pre-secular stint with The Violinaires, this booming baritone took his cue's from the likes of mighty Bobby 'Blue' Bland.

As per usual, Sir Shambling has a great little history and track by track analysis on this obscure artist, head over THERE for the inside scoop.

Can You Stand It collects the complete secular recordings from 1961 to 1971. The debut 45 for Gone Records, the pair for Peanut Records, his one-off's for ABC, Double L, Top Hat and D-Town Records, the Wheelsville sides and his 3 final 45s for Duke Records. Gyro @ TZ posted a near complete collection a couple years back, this is that but with the 4 missing sides included. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 19

Get a grip! A good firm grip, because this Grab Bag is overflowing with all kinds of goodies. A great little ensemble of some lesser known's with scrumptious offerings for your gorging pleasure.

Clarence Williams - Discography 1961-63 [6sides]

01. Clarence Williams - 1961 - Royal Queen (Throne 318)
02. Clarence Williams - 1961 - Love Me (Throne 318)
03. Clarence Williams - 1963 - The Seventh Son (Throne 803)
04. Clarence Williams - 1963 - No Rest For The Worried (Throne 803)
05. Clarence Williams - 1963 - I Know It's True (Tina 101)
06. Clarence Williams - 1963 - I Know About Love (Tina 101)

Dell Stewart - Discography 1963-65 [4sides]

01. Dell Stewart - 1963 - Mr. Credit Man (Watch 6331)
02. Dell Stewart - 1963 - Let My Lover Go (Watch 6331)
03. Dell Stewart - 1965 - Didn't I Tell You (Watch 6343)
04. Dell Stewart - 1965 - Love That Girl (Watch 6343)

Gloria Parker - Discography 1965-66 [6sides]

01. Gloria Parker - 1965 - I'm In Your Corner (LLP 102)
02. Gloria Parker - 1965 - Why Can't We Get Together (LLP 102)
03. Gloria Parker - 1965 - If You've Ever Loved Someone (LLP 104)
04. Gloria Parker - 1965 - Hello Baby, Goodbye Too (LLP 104)
05. Gloria Parker - 1966 - The Best Thing For You Baby (Samar 118)
06. Gloria Parker - 1966 - Headed In The Right Direction (Samar 118)

Ervin Little - Discography 1967-68 [4sides]

01. Ervin Little & The Rhythm Kings - 1967 - She's Heaven To Me (Hines 1711)
02. Ervin Little & The Rhythm Kings - 1967 - I'm Running A Losing Race (Hines 1711)
03. Ervin Little & His Sensational Sounds - 1968 - Teach Me How To Boo-Ga-Loo (Hines 1712)
04. Ervin Little & His Sensational Sounds - 1968 - Love Came To Me (Hines 1712)

Louie King - Discography 1968-70 [7sides]

01. King Louie & The Court Jesters - 1968 - I've Been Down So Long (Mockingbird MR-1007)
02. King Louie & The Court Jesters - 1968 - Broadway Up Tight (Mockingbird MR-1007)
03. Louie King - 1970 - Our Love Will Overcome Everything (Unissued)
04. Louie King - 1970 - It's Your Time To Cry (Unissued)
05. Louie King - 1970 - Come On Home (Unissued)
06. Louie King - 1970 - I Remember (How You Made Me Love You) (Unissued)
07. Louie King - 1970 - Our Love Will Overcome Everything [alt] (Unissued)

McKinley Travis - Discography 1970-72 [5sides]

01. McKinley Travis - 1970 - Baby, Is There Something On Your Mind (Soultown 109)
02. McKinley Travis - 1970 - You've Got It, I Want It (Soultown 109)
03. McKinley Travis - 1970 - Get Yourself Together (Soultown 11)
04. McKinley Travis - 1970 - Why Do You Have To Go (Soultown 11)
05. McKinley Travis - 1972 - I Need Your Love (Marina 602)

Monday, 8 April 2019

Just Like Old Times

Vocalist Mighty Sam McClain is a specialist in Southern soul-blues, one of the original masters from the 60s, when the music enjoyed its peak popularity. He carried on in the tradition of vocalists like Bobby Bland, Solomon Burke, Otis Clay, James Carr, and Otis Redding.

Like so many other soul-blues vocalists, McClain began singing gospel in his mother's choir when he was five. At 13, owing to disagreements with his stepfather, he left home and lived with grandparents for a while before hooking up with Little Melvin Underwood. He worked with Underwood first as a valet and later as a featured vocalist in his road show. His inspirations included Little Willie John, Clyde McPhatter of the Drifters, B.B. King, and Bobby "Blue" Bland. McClain recalled seeing Bland at the city auditorium in Monroe, Louisiana as a revelatory moment. Years later, McClain would open for Bland at Tipitina's, a blues club in New Orleans. To this day, he considers Bland's nod of approval a high point of his career. While working at the 506 Club in Pensacola, Florida in the mid-'60s, he was introduced to producer and DJ Don Schroeder. Working with Schroeder, he recorded Patsy Cline's hit "Sweet Dreams." After this, several other visits to Muscle Shoals Studios in Alabama yielded singles like "Fannie Mae" and "In the Same Old Way." McClain continued to create an ever-broadening audience for his singing via his engagements at the 506 Club and later at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. He recorded a single for Malaco and two singles for Atlantic in 1971 before falling off the music scene for a while. For the next 15 years or so, McClain took menial day jobs, living in Nashville and New Orleans. The Neville Brothers and others from the Crescent City scene have been credited with helping him revive his career as a singer. McClain met Mason Ruffner's drummer Kerry Brown, and the two put a band together. Shortly after, they recorded a single for Carlo Ditta's Orleans label, and McClain's recording and performing career was rejuvenated. After recording with Hubert Sumlin on Hubert Sumlin's Blues Party for the BlackTop label in 1987, McClain began to re-establish his former reputation as a great soul-blues singer, touring with Sumlin and his entourage. By the late '80s, McClain had moved from Houston to Boston. For most of the years thereafter, he lived in Boston and southern New Hampshire.

Just Like Old Times gathers McClain's classic output spanning 1966 to 1971 (mostly for Amy Records) and includes a pair of unissued cuts. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Friday, 5 April 2019

Just One More Time

Sometimes you just gotta wing it and hope for the best ... yeah, that's what I'm gonna do and I think in this instance, it fits. Jimmy Jules' recording career was incredibly sporadic. So much so, that nearly each session (and what materialized from them) serve as separate specimens chronicling the natural progression of the classic soul era. From rhythm and blues to northern soul, from deep soul to modern soul, from crossover to funk, this relatively short journey (just 20 songs) takes us across a vast and shifting landscape, though retains two consistencies ... The musicianship and songwriting here are of are the utmost quality, and despite the plethora of styles delivered, every song maintains that unmistakable Crescent City sound.

This New Orleans vocalist behind some stellar early 60s R&B sessions produced by AFO jazzman Harold Battiste has been known as "Pistol" and "Jimmy Jules," but the Ernie K-Doe soundalike's real name is actually Charley Julien. His early recordings helped fuel the era's "Popeye" dance craze and have become Northern Soul classics. His recordings for Carnival are top-drawer southern styled stunners, his early 70s singles are much better than the majority of crossover soul singles from this time, and his full-fledged modern soul/funk outings of the mid-late 70s are fun, fresh and don't even remotely dabble in disco. And despite the novelty nature of his LP with The Nuclear Sound System, there's some solid arrangements and instrumentation, plus the addition of Jackie Spencer on lead vocals for the entire b-side brings a whole new dynamic to these recordings. The LP, its single and the 45 prior were all issued via Julien's own Jim Gem Records. As a sideman, Jules has backed up Marvin Gaye, Little Willie John, Otis Redding, and other greats. He's written songs for Johnny Taylor, Archie Bell & The Drells, Etta James, Alvin Robinson and The Three Degrees, among others.

Just One More Time collects what I believe are the complete recordings of Jimmy Jules but don't quote me on that. The Gamble 45 are youtube audio captures and sound pretty rough so an upgrade would be greatly welcomed. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 15

It's been a busy one and so late in the day now it may even be tomorrow for some of you. However, anytime of day or night is ideal for heaping helping of Deep Dish Delicacies in my humble opinion. So I'm a get back to my tasks at hand and leave you to proceed as you see fit.

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 15

01. Johnnie Taylor - 1969 - You're Good For Me (Stax 2008)
02. Ted Ford - 1969 - I Can't Give You Up (Budd 101)
03. Sam Dees - 1969 - It's All Wrong (Lolo 2103)
04. James Govan - 1970 - I've Gone Too Far (Fame Unissued)
05. Bette Williams - 1971 - If You Get Him (GreGar 71-0113 alt press)
06. Rudolph Taylor - 19?? - Search Your Heart (Unissued)
07. The Superiors Band - 1967 - Amateur Lover (Barvis 125)
08. Otis Redding & Carla Thomas - 1967 - When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (Stax 716)
09. Bobby Angelle - 1965 - Please Take Me Back (Ten Star 101)
10. Lee Mitchell - 1969 - How Can You Be So Cold (HL & M 002)
11. Syl Johnson - 196? - Half A Love (Unissued)
12. Clarence Carter - 1967 - Don't Make My Baby Cry (Fame 1013)
13. Sam & Bob & The Soulmen w Doris Badie - 1971 - Since You've Been Gone (Sabo SB 1001)
14. Big T & The Pacemakers - 1973 - Tears (Unissued)
15. Mitch Mitchell & Gene King - 1973 - Never WalkOut On You (Prix 7303)
16. O.V. Wright - 1978 - I Don't Know Why (Hi HLP 6008)
17. Al Green - 1975 - That's The Way It Is (Hi SHL 32097)
18. Bobby Williams - 1976 - These Arms Of Mine (R&R LPRR-909) (Sun Burst 100FTP)
19. Sonny Green - 1974 - I'm Just Your Man (MHR 223)
20. Mickey Murray - 1970 - Try A Little Harder (Federal FS 13000)
21. Ike & Tina Turner - 1969 - You've Got Too Many Ties That Bind (Minit 32060)
22. The Bell Brothers - 1968 - Throw Away The Key (Sure Shot 5038)
23. Dino & Doc - 196? - A Hurt Girl (Unissued)
24. Lukas Lollipop - 1967 - Don't Hold On To Someone (Who Don't Love You) (Loma 2067)
25. Lattimore Brown - 1966 - It's Such A Sad Sad World (Sound Stage 7 2575)


Monday, 1 April 2019

Everything Gotta Change

Today's selection is somewhat tiny in comparison to some of the collections featured here, however it packs a wallop! Any fans of Denise LaSalle will likely dig this. From under her wing, Bill Coday cranked out some crunchy blues laden deep soul and R&B scorchers in the early 70s.

Born in Coldwater, MS, Coday began his singing career as a teenager, performing in juke joints around Blytheville, AK, with a band that included Son Seals. In 1961, he relocated to Chicago, IL, donning the name Chicago Willie. LaSalle spotted the singer while he was performing at the Black Orchid club. Signed to Crajon Productions, owned by the husband and wife team of Bill and Denise Jones (who recorded under the name Denise LaSalle and scored a 1971 gold single, "Trapped by a Thing Called Love"), Coday was the perfect vehicle for LaSalle's blues-oriented R&B songs. She teamed him with Memphis, TN, soul music producer Willie Mitchell whom she often worked with on her releases for Detroit, MI's Westbound label and for those of other Crajon artists (the Sequins' hits "Hey Romeo" and "The Third Degree"). Coday's first Crajon singles, "Sixty Minute Teaser" and "I Get High on Your Love," were regional hits. The third single, "Get Your Lies Straight," proved to be the breakthrough, going to number 14 R&B on Billboard's charts in early 1971. On the flipside was "You're Gonna Want Me." As was the custom on a fast-selling national record, the independently-distributed Crajon leased Coday's single to the much larger Galaxy label, a subsidiary of Berkeley, CA's Fantasy Records, for wider distribution. The follow-up, issued on Galaxy, the Denise LaSalle song "When You Find a Fool, Bump His Head," made it to number 48 R&B in summer 1971. There were other Galaxy singles, but none charted nationally. Coday enjoyed a regional hit on Crajon with "I'm Back to Collect" in the first half of 1973. In 1974, he signed with Epic Records and the single "I Don't Want to Play This Game" was issued a year later. That would be it for Coday until the mid 80s. In 1984, Coday began to tour with Denise LaSalle as her opening act. He began recording again after several years away from the studio. Signing with Memphis-based label Ecko Records, his first release was the appropriately titled Sneakin' Back album.

Everything Gotta Change collects the complete Crajon recordings 1971-1973, including 4 unissued tracks and Coday's lone 45 with Epic Records. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and MP3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.