Friday, 30 August 2019

Walk Through That Door

I'm pretty sure I've never used the word prolific when referring to a soul singer who only started preforming this side of the millennium. However, when it comes to DeRobert 'Dee' Adams, perhaps it's the most accurate thing that can be said. Fairly well known through his outstanding raw soul/funk outfit DeRobert & The Half-Truths but this Music City native's roots run a fair bit deeper and wider than just that. He's been quiet lately so here's hoping something's in the works.


For nearly 20 years, DeRobert Adams has been showing audiences across the nation what it means to have raw soul. Raised up singing in the church, belting out dizzying arias punctuated by soul dripping melodies has always come second nature to the Memphis born native. As a young man, DeRobert left Memphis behind for a future in music.  It literally happened overnight, as DeRobert packed his bags and never looked back.  As a result, he found himself in Murfreesboro, TN attending MTSU. MTSU is big on their music industry classes.  This would be the perfect place to set his dreams afoot. This is where fate gave him the opportunity to bring his powerful voice to the next level, as he met close friends Nick DeVan and David Singleton. Most noteworthy, he found the right people to go on and make a splash in the Nashville soul music scene. DeVan and Singleton founded G.E.D. Soul Records as a vehicle for their various projects with Adams and other local musicians. Before DeRobert & The Half-Truths, that was most notably Sky Hi. It can be said that without Sky Hi, there would be no G.E.D. Soul Records. The band, which began in April of 2002, has had well over two dozen musicians pass through its ranks over their decade-long existence.  Nick DeVan and Dave Singleton, the founders of the label, both held long stints as drummers in the band and it was through Sky Hi that DeRobert “Dee” Adams honed his now legendary stage presence. They were known throughout the Southeast as an unstoppable party band that could lay down 4 hour sets of blisteringly, sweaty funk. Held together by founding members, alto saxophonist Aaron Heffron and bassist Tim Hawkins, the band morphed from P-Funk inspired, four on the floor bangers to pseudo-jam band funk, to raw modern soul and beyond.  Players from Sky Hi have gone on to play in many other bands, including AJ & The Jiggawatts, Magic In Threes, The Grips, DeRobert & The Half-Truths and more (basically the entire G.E.D. roster). With his backing band, the Half-Truths, DeRobert has spent the last decade putting Music City soul back on the map, one scorching live set after another as the flag ship combo for G.E.D. Soul Records. Having released a pair of LPs, several EPs and 45s, DeRobert and the Half-Truths have only sharpened their brand of super syncopated soul music. With a barrage of modern soul, jazz infused jam funk, deep funk and raw soul recordings under his belt, DeRobert then released a solo album on G.E.D. subsidiary, City Bump Records, that of course features an array Sky Hi and Half-Truths alumni alongside some other talents. Adams tackles neo-soul/R&B with this one and like in all previous endeavors, excels splendidly. I truly can't wait to see what comes next this patron of the arts.

Walk Through That Door collects DeRobert Adams' complete output via G.E.D. Soul Records. I believe there may be more Sky Hi recordings than what's contained here but included is an LP, an EP and a pair of 45s. Obviously we've got the complete DeRobert & The Half-Truths collection and the fore mentioned solo album, along with several bonus tracks from each project. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Wednesday, 28 August 2019

GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 16



01. Lee Barry [aka Barry White] - 1966 - A Man Ain't Nothin (Downey 134a)
02. Lee Barry [aka Barry White] - 1966 - I Don't Need It (Downey 134b)
03. Gloria & The Relations - 1966 - Date With My Man (Bonnie 101a)
04. Gloria & The Relations - 1966 - Hook Line & Sinker (Bonnie 101b)
05. The Disciples [aka Messengers Of Soul] - 1969 - I Found Out (Fortune 573a)
06. The Disciples [aka Messengers Of Soul] - 1969 - 12th Street (Fortune 573b)
07. The Mighty Elegant - 1970 - I Don't Know What It Is But It Sho' Is Funky (Jaber 7115a)
08. The Mighty Elegant - 1970 - I Find Myself Falling In Love With You (Jaber 7115b)
09. The Si-Berians - 197? - This Is The Ending Of Our Love (Ricardo 101a)
10. The Si-Berians - 197? - Crying Baby Won't Help The Hurt (Ricardo 101b)
11. Oohna Truth - 1971 - So Many Ways To Die (Roulette 7111a)
12. Oohna Truth - 1971 - If It Feels Good, Do It (Roulette 7111b)
13. Bonnie & Sheila - 1971 - You Keep Me Hanging On (King 6352a)
14. Bonnie & Sheila - 1971 - I Miss You (King 6352b)
15. Flame & The Sons Of Darkness - 1972 - Solid Funk (P&P 222a)
16. Flame & The Sons Of Darkness - 1972 - Something (P&P 222b)
17. Bobby Banks - 19?? - Read It And Weep (Gil 101a)
18. Bobby Banks - 19?? - I'm A Bachelor (Gil 101b)
19. Gable Reed - 1970 - Who's Been Warming My Oven (Minaret 151a)
20. Gable Reed - 1970 - I'm Your Man (Minaret 151b)
21. The Metros - 1969 - The Dampness Of Your Kiss (123 1720a)
22. The Metros - 1969 - If You Can Feel (123 1720b)
23. J B & The V-Kings - 1969 - I've Got Dreams (Zap Zing 101a)
24. J B & The V-Kings - 1969 - Lazy Soul (Zap  Zing 101b)
25. Patricia Denson & Soul Expressions - 196? - Home From Vietnam (Achillean 502a)
26. Patricia Denson & Soul Expressions - 196? - Thought I Heard You Moan (Achillean 502b)


OY!16

Monday, 26 August 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 31



The Fabulous Dinos - Discography 1962-65 [9sides]

01. The Fabulous Dinos - 1962 - That Same Old Song (Musicor 1025)
02. The Fabulous Dinos - 1962 - Where Have You Been (Musicor 1025)
03. The Fabulous Dinos - 196? - Diamond Ring (Musicor Unissued)
04. The Fabulous Dinos - 1963 - Instant Love (Saber 105)
05. The Fabulous Dinos - 1963 - Retreat (Saber 105)
06. The Fabulous Denos - 1964 - Once I Had A Love (King 5908)
07. The Fabulous Denos - 1964 - Bad Girl (King 5908)
08. The Fabulous Denos - 1965 - Hard To Hold Back Tears (King 5971)
09. The Fabulous Denos - 1965 - I've Enjoyed Being Loved By You (King 5971)


Springers - Discography 1964-65 [6sides]

01. Springers - 1964 - I Know Why (Way Out 2699)
02. Springers - 1964 - I Know My Baby Loves Me So (Way Out 2699)
03. Springers - 1965 - Why (Way Out 2799)
04. Springers - 1965 - Last Heartbreak (Way Out 2799)
05. Springers - 1965 - It's Been A Long Time (Way Out 920W-5696)
06. Springers - 1965 - You Can Laugh (Way Out 920W-5696)


Royal Premiers - Discography 1964-65 [4sides]

01. Royal Premiers - 1964 - Who Am I Without Your Love (Toy 102-1)
02. Royal Premiers - 1964 - I Wanna Love, Love, Love (Toy 102-1)
03. Royal Premiers - 1965 - I Can Make It If I Try (M.B.S. 105)
04. Royal Premiers - 1965 - Make Love To Me (M.B.S. 105)


The Four Sonics - Discography 1967-7? [10sides]

01. The Four Sonics - 1967 - You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Sport 110)
02. The Four Sonics - 1967 - It Takes Two (Sport 110)
03. The Four Sonics - 1968 - The Greatest Love (Sport 111)
04. The Four Sonics - 1968 - Easier Said Than Done (Sport 111)
05. The Four Sonics - 1968 - Tell Me You're Mine (Sepia 01)
06. The Four Sonics - 1968 - Lost Without You (Sepia 01)
07. The Four Sonics - 1969 - Blue Velvet (Triple B 0002)
08. The Four Sonics - 1969 - Where Are You (Triple B 0002)
09. The Four Sonics - 197? - If It Wasn't For My Baby (JMC 141)
10. The Four Sonics - 197? - There's No Love (JMC 141)


GGB31

Friday, 23 August 2019

I Love You More

Something I don't feature enough of here is "sweet" soul. Largely this is because I'm not a fan of much of it but there certainly are some exceptions and topping that short list is Lee Williams & The Cymbals! Be it their sugar-coated upbeat dancers or the their sickly-sweet slow jams, this short-lived group hits me right in the feels. Their infectious melodies and tight harmonies, corralled by Williams' hard hitting leads are simply out of this world in my opinion.


This Harlem vocal group was discovered Hollywood style. The guys were singing in the backyard of a brownstone on 127th Street where they lived when Joe Evans, the owner of Carnival Records, heard them practicing as he walked by. Carnival, a tiny operation in Newark, NJ, had three employees, with Evans being one of them. At the time of the discovery Evans was in Harlem on a promotional mission for his label. Excited by what he heard, he persuaded the landlady to let him in so he could see the warblers. Evans conducted an audition for the singers and the guys gave it their all. Liking their blend and the powerhouse lead of Lee Williams, Evans signed them on the spot. When he got back to Newark he made up a tape of songs for the group to learn. Ronnie McCoy, who had a group called the Topics, wrote one of the songs, "I Love You More." He had been sending Evans songs and bugging him to record his group. McCoy wanted the song for his group but Evans thought it would be better served to have his new discoveries record it. As a consolation Carnival released "She's So Fine"/"I Don't Have to Cry" by the Topics. "I Love You More" sold substantially in many cities including Baltimore, Washington, Cleveland, Philadelphia, and Chicago. It was so popular in Chicago the group did a stint at the city's Regal Theater. The record barely missed entering Billboard's R&B Top 40, stalling at number 41 in 1967. It would be the group's biggest record ever. Carnival followed with "Peeping Through The Window," another McCoy composition, which didn't do as well but was their second most popular waxing. Four more singles followed: "Shing-A-Ling USA," "Please Say It Isn't So," "I Need You Baby," and "Til You Come Back To Me." All were good records but they only attracted local and spot interest. The group left Carnival though they were the label's second most popular act (next to the Manhattans). A few years later the group re-surfaced with singles for Rapda and Black Circle Records. These singles weren't bad but stiffed due to the same problem that afflicted Carnival Records - lack of promotion. In 1972, Al Miller and Fred Daugherty of The Intruders, joined the fold prompting a name change. The New Cymbals released a pair of 45s for De-Lite Records before completely falling into obscurity. Lee Williams went on to release a handful of solo singles through the mid-70s. Though lacking in the group harmonies department, these cuts were actually pretty damn good and display a whole new side of Williams' dynamic vocal abilities. Close to a decade later, Williams joined The Intruders for an album in 1984 and did a stretch with long lost Carnival Records label-mates, The Manhattans from 1991 to 1994.

I Love You More collects the near-complete recordings between 1966 and 1976; The Cymbals, The New Cymbals and Williams' solo efforts. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

missing:
The New Cymbals - 1972 - How Do You Feel (De-Lite 551)
The New Cymbals - 1972 - What Kind Of Groove (De-Lite 551)
Lee Williams - 1976 - Endless Highway (Fraternity 3390)
Lee Williams - 1976 - Put One Foot (Fraternity 3390)

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 24



01. McKinley Mitchell - 1962 - The World Is In Trouble (Midas Unissued)
02. George Byrd & The Dominoes - 196? - It Ain't No Harm (Unissued)
03. Sir Joe - 1970 - Baby, I'd Drop Everything (Ru-Jac 4-10-70)
04. James Carr - 196? - She's Better Than You [alt] (Goldwax Unissued)
05. The Ovations - 1967 - Ride My Troubles And Blues Away (Goldwax 322)
06. William Bell - 1968 - I Forget To Be Your Lover (Stax STA-0015)
07. Alder Ray - 1968 - Love Will Let You Down (Revue 11014)
08. Eddie Dee & The Moonlighters - 1967 - Let's Go Steady (Dunbar 001)
09. Sam & Dave - 1967 - When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (Stax 210)
10. Hoagy Lands - 1964 - Baby Come On Home (Atlantic 2217)
11. The Chanteers - 196? - Take Me Back (Unissued)
12. Lanny Hunt & The Themes - 1964 - I Can't Say I Love You (Sure Star 5001)
13. Obrey Wilson - 1965 - She Used To Be Mine (Epic 5-9764)
14. Ella Washington - 1968 - Starving For Love (Sound Stage 7 2611)
15. Percy Sledge - 1967 - It Can't Be Stopped (Atlantic 2396)
16. Tyrone McCollum & The Inclines - 1969 - Who's Lovin' You (Atco 6699)
17. Jimmy & Louise Tig - 1969 - A Love That Never Grows Cold (Deep Soul 9105)
18. Paul Kelly - 1966 - Nine Of Ten Times (Philips 40409)
19. Bobby Marchan - 1965 - Half A Mind (Dial 4002)
20. Kip Anderson - 1965 - Here I Am, Try Me (Tomorrow 501)
21. Andy Williams & The Zodiacs - 1966 - Happiness & Peace Of Mind (Dal-Segno 5003)
22. The Bishop - 196? - You Can't Take It With You (Lou Neita 0207)
23. The Rivingtons - 1964 - All That Glitters (Vee Jay 634)
24. Jimmy Dotson - 1964 - Grape Vine's Talking (Nicetown 5027)
25. Grover Mitchell - 1964 - Midnight Tears (Decca 31714)

DDD24

Monday, 19 August 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 30

Back from the bush, didn't see a single bear. The wildlife was more of the garden variety this time out, though the mosquitoes sure took their pound of flesh. That said, it was great to get away for a bit and it's great to get back but I'm not looking forward to the 'make-up' marathon I will be running for the remainder of the month. I got a number of re-up requests while I was gone and will get to them but it might be a couple more weeks until I do, be patient please. For now, we pick up where we left off with this little Grab Bag lined with some delicious Soul and R&B.


Barbara Stephens - Discography 1961-62 [6sides]

01. Barbara Stephens - 1961 - The Life I Live (Satellite 111) (Stax 113)
02. Barbara Stephens - 1961 - I Don't Worry (Satellite 111) (Stax 113)
03. Barbara Stephens - 1962 - Wait A Minute (Stax 118)
04. Barbara Stephens - 1962 - Love Is Like A Flower (Stax 118)
05. Barbara Stephens - 1962 - That's The Way It Is With Me (Stax 120)
06. Barbara Stephens - 1962 - If She Should Ever Break Your Heart (Stax 120)


Gene Burks - Discography 1963-67 [6sides]

01. Gene Burks - 1963 - Monkey Man (Arock 1001)
02. Gene Burks - 1963 - Can't Stand Your Fooling Around (Arock 1001)
03. Gene Burks - 1964 - Take My Hand (Arock 1006)
04. Gene Burks - 1964 - Shirley Jean (Arock 1006)
05. Gene Burks - 1967 - You Got It (Calla 138) (Chris-Craft 501)
06. Gene Burks - 1967 - You Don't Love Me (Calla 138) (Chris-Craft 501)


Charles Lattimore - Discography 1967 [4sides]

01. Charles Lattimore - 1967 - Do The Thing (Shout 219)
02. Charles Lattimore - 1967 - We Try Harder (Shout 219)
03. Charles Lattimore - 1967 - One Woman's Man (Festival 706)
04. Charles Lattimore - 1967 - I Done Got Over (Festival 706)


Oliver Joy - Discography 1967 [4sides]

01. Oliver Joy - 1967 - Keep Love Growing (Big Deal 133)
02. Oliver Joy - 1967 - Come Get This Love (Big Deal 133)
03. Oliver Joy - 1967 - Don't You Let Nobody Tell You (Big Deal 134)
04. Oliver Joy - 1967 - You Know That I Love You (Big Deal 134)


Timmy Willis - Discography 1967-72 [10sides]

01. Timmy Willis - 1967 - Mr. Soul Satisfaction (Sidra 9013) (Veep 1279)
02. Timmy Willis - 1967 - I'm Wondering (Sidra 9013) (Veep 1279)
03. Timmy Willis - 1968 - Gotta Get Back To Georgia (Veep 1288)
04. Timmy Willis - 1968 - Don't Let Temptation Come Between You And Me (Veep 1288)
05. Timmy Willis - 1969 - I Finally Found A Woman (Jubilee 5660)
06. Timmy Willis - 1969 - Neveruary (Jubilee 5660)
07. Timmy Willis - 1970 - Easy As Saying 1-2-3 (Jubilee 5690)
08. Timmy Willis - 1970 - I'm A Man (Jubilee 5690)
09. Timmy Willis - 1972 - Give Me A Little Sign (Epic 10934)
10. Timmy Willis - 1972 - Don't Want To Set Me Free (Epic 10934)


GGB30

Friday, 2 August 2019

Stay Tuned



Headed to the hills for a little spiritual healing pals. Taking a little time to dis-connect from the devices and re-connect with the real world ... back in a few weeks if the bears don't get me.