Tuesday, 31 December 2019

GGG Presents New Recipes Volume 03

My last attempt to prepare a posting ahead of time and publish from the road didn't fare too well so I'm coming up a day late and dollar short today as I was absent again yesterday. Anywho ... the last day of the year for some, the first day of the year for others. Either way, the latest batch of GGG Presents New Recipes seems like a mighty appropriate way to wrap one up or welcome one in. I make no promises nor resolutions, but know that I have some new and (hopefully) interesting things in the pipeline. For now, party proper pals and see you on the other side.

01. Kelly Finnigan - 2019 - Every Time It Rains
02. Carlton Jumel Smith - 2019 - You Gonna Need Me
03. James Mason - 2019 - Mbewe
04. The Sentiments - 2018 - She Won't Be Gone Long
05. Lettuce w. Marcus King - 2019 - Love Is Too Strong
06. Southern Avenue - 2019 - Keep On
07. Smuggler Brothers - 2019 - Deciditi, Bestia
08. Hannah Williams & The Affirmations - 2019 - I Can't Let This Slip Away
09. Lee Fields & The Expressions - 2019 - Will I Get Off Easy
10. Menahan Street Band - 2018 - Black Velvet
11. The Mighty Mocambos - 2019 - Where Do We Go From Here
12. Bonita & The Blues Shacks - 2019 - Make Me Yours
13. Thee Sinseers - 2019 - I Don't Mind
14. Booker T. Jones - 2019 - These Arms Of Mine
15. The Dap-Kings - 2018 - Look Closer (Can't You See The Signs)
16. Joey Quinones - 2019 - Don't Tell Me
17. Ural Thomas & The Pain - 2018 - Gotta Say (I Love You)
18. Aiff - 2019 - Circles
19. Charles Bradley - 2018 - Can't Fight The Feeling
20. The New Mastersounds - 2019 - Layin' Low
21. The New Mastersounds - 2019 - Lovely Daze
22. Durand Jones & The Indications - 2019 - What I Know About You
23. No Lovely Thing & Melissa Jones - 2019 - Abused
24. The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble - 2019 - Campus Life
25. DeRobert & The Half Truths - 2018 - Judgement [Parts 1 + 2]


Friday, 27 December 2019

God Ain't Blessing America

Aside from a little turkey and the fixings, friends, family and a bit of boozing, I can't stand the Christmas season! Can't stand the fake cheer, the capitalist commerce, the thick crowds, tacky decorations and don't even get me started on the god awful candy-coated music. I'm no Grinch about it though, to each their own an all but I do my best to just avoid the whole deal. In this pseudo satirical spirit of going against the grain, thought I'd share an artist who has spent the better part of his career, proudly out of step to the rhythm of soul/funk contemporaries at the time. Virginia native Jerry Williams Jr. (later known as Swamp Dogg) was just that! Williams played the game throughout the 60s and despite being on the bleeding edge of the music, exhibiting phenomenal skills as both songwriter and producer, failed to receive the success deserved. Leaving the major label world behind in 1970 and emerging as Swamp Dogg, Williams began using his material as a vehicle for both serious and satirical examination of strong social, economical and political issues. Widely recognized as one of the great cult figures of 20th century music in the 70s and he's still going strong! So, ominous title aside, have a happy holiday y'all.

Jerry Williams Jr. was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. He made his first recording, "HTD Blues (Heartsick Troublesome Downout Blues)", for the Mechanic record label in 1954, when he was just age 12. In 1960 he began recording as Little Jerry, releasing three 45s in the following three years, each on different labels. As Little Jerry Williams he began hitting stride with self-penned "I'm The Lover Man" in 1964, which was first issued on the Southern Sound label and was then picked up by the larger Loma label. He began writing for other artists as well, including "Big Party" for Barbara & The Browns. His two follow-up 45s were a little lacking, however, late in 1965 "Baby You're My Everything", which he co-wrote and produced, was released on the Calla label and rose to #32 on the R&B chart early 1966. Credited simply as Jerry Williams, he released several more singles on Calla through to 1967 but with little commercial success, although some of his records such as "If You Ask Me (Because I Love You)" later became staples of the Northern Soul movement in the UK. By late 1967 he started working in A&R and other duties for the Musicor label in New York and also recorded a single, "I Got What It Takes", as a duo with Brooks O'Dell. In 1968 he co-wrote, with Charlie Foxx, Gene Pitney's up-tempo hit, "She's A Heartbreaker". Later in 1968 Williams began working as a producer at Atlantic Records with Jerry Wexler and Phil Walden. He also established a songwriting partnership with Gary Anderson, who performed as Gary U.S. Bonds, and the pair wrote the R&B chart hits "To The Other Woman (I'm The Other Woman)" by Doris Duke, and "She Didn't Know (She Kept On Talking)" by Dee Dee Warwick. They co-wrote the majority of Duke's revered "I'm A Loser" album in 1969, while Williams produced. Widely regarded as one of the greatest deep soul records of our time. 1969 also saw the two final 45s issued under Williams' real name, both for Cotillion records. In 1970 he emerged in his new Swamp Dogg persona, with two singles on the Canyon label, "Mama's Baby, Daddy's Maybe", again co-written with Bonds, and "Synthetic World". He also wrote and produced recordings for both Bette Williams and Sandra Phillips, as well as the first Swamp Dogg album, Total Destruction To Your Mind. The album sleeve showed Williams sitting in his underwear on a pile of garbage. Williams' new direction apparently followed an LSD trip, and was inspired by the radical politics of the time and by Frank Zappa's use of satire, while showing his own expertise in, and commitment to deep soul and R&B music. According to Allmusic: "In sheer musical terms, Swamp Dogg is pure Southern soul, anchored on tight grooves and accentuated by horns, but the Dogg is as much about message as music..." Although not a commercial success at the time, Swamp Dogg started to develop a cult following and eventually the album sold enough to achieve gold record status. Around the same time, one of the songs Williams had co-written with Gary Bonds, "She's All I Got", became a top-ten R&B hit for Freddie North, and was recorded with even greater success by country star Johnny Paycheck, whose version reached #2 on the country music chart in late 1971. In a later interview on NPR's Studio 360, Williams stated he was raised on country music: "Black music didn't start 'til 10 at night until 4 in the morning and I was in bed by then... If you strip my tracks, take away all the horns and guitar licks, what you have is a country song." However, he also continued to write and produce deep soul songs for other musicians, including Z. Z. Hill and Irma Thomas. In 1971 in collaboration with co-producer and writer the legendary George Semper he released "Monster Walk Pt. 1 and 2" by the Rhythm 'N' Blues Classical Funk Band on Mankind Records label. Produced for Jerry Williams Productions, Inc.and in spite of modest sales the record once again demonstrated his entrepreneurial skill as an artist. As Swamp Dogg, he was signed by Elektra Records for his second album, Rat On! in 1971. The sleeve showed him on the back of a giant white rat, and has frequently been ranked as one of the worst album covers of all time. Sales were relatively poor, and his next albums Cuffed, Collared & Tagged (1972) and Gag A Maggott (recorded at the TK Studio in 1973) were released on smaller labels. Williams/Dogg then co-wrote and produced an album with Charlie Whitehead, issued on the Fungus label. is 1974 album, Have You Heard This Story??, was issued by Island Records but had little success. His self-released follow-up, oddly titled "Greatest Hits", in fact featured new(ish) original material but again, failed to have an impact. In 1977 he had minor R&B hit with "My Heart Just Can't Stop Dancing", credited to Swamp Dogg & The Riders Of The New Funk. He continued to release albums through the remainder of the decade, and into the mid-80s on various small independent labels and in a variety of styles including disco and country, while maintaining a healthy cult following. In the late 80s he also set up his own publishing and recording company, Swamp Dogg Entertainment Group (SDEG) and released the album "I Called For A Rope And They Threw Me A Rock". Followed up by "Surfin' In Harlem" (1991) for Volt Records and "Ted & Venus (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)" in 1992. In 1999, "Slow Slow Disco" was sampled by Kid Rock on the track "I Got One For Ya", sparking a revival of interest in Swamp Dogg, who began performing live gigs for the first time in nearly a decade. Three Albums were recorded and released between 2000-07 and in 2009 the Dogg released two new albums back to back -- "Give Em As Little As You Can...As Often As You Have To...Or...A Tribute To Rock N Roll" and "An Awful Christmas & A Lousy New Year" -- and also released some further singles. Most of his early Swamp Dogg albums were also re-issued on CD. Swamp Dogg released a full-length album of new songs in 2014, The White Man Made Me Do It, which Williams described as being a sort of sequel to Total Destruction To Your Mind. Shortly thereafter, Swamp Dogg teamed up with Ryan Olson from Poli├ža to produce the tracks for his 2018 album Love, Loss & Autotune, with Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) fine-tuning the vocal tracks. The songs also feature instrumentation by Guitar Shorty. New recordings are in the works and I wait with wonderment for whatever this 65-year career, seasoned veteran has in store.

God Ain't Blessing America is the complete 1970-83 Swamp Dogg album pack. Fourteen LPs, including the album with Charlie Whitehead and a split album with daughter, Michelle Williams. As per usual, I've included a make-shift folder collecting singles, rarities and unissued recordings, which contains the shelved country album recorded for Mercury Records late 70s or early 80s. And in an entirely other zip file, we have I'm The Lover Man ... the complete Jerry Williams Jr recordings (1954-69). All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Monday, 23 December 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 40

Deanie Parker - Discography 1963-6? [8sides]

01. Deanie Parker & The Valadors - 1963 - My Imaginary Guy (Volt 105)
02. Deanie Parker & The Valadors - 1963 - Until You Return (Volt 105)
03. Deanie Parker - 1964 - Each Step I Take (Volt 115)
04. Deanie Parker - 1964 - Mary Lou Can You Do The Bumble Bee (Volt 115)
05. Deanie Parker - 196? - Ask Him (Unissued Stax-Volt)
06. Deanie Parker - 196? - Just One Touch (Unissued Stax-Volt)
07. Deanie Parker - 196? - How About You (Unissued Stax-Volt)
08. Deanie Parker - 196? - Heartbreaker (Unissued Stax-Volt)

Janet & The Jays - Discography 1965-67 [5of6sides]

01. Janet & The Jays - 1965 - When You Lose (Hermitage 825)
02. Janet & The Jays - 1965 - Lost My Best Lover (Hermitage 825)
03. Janit & The Jays - 1966 - Without A Reason (Hi 2109)
04. Janit & The Jays - 1966 - Hurting Over You Boy (Hi 2109)
05. Janet & The Jays - 1967 - Love What You're Doing To Me (Hi 2129)
06. Janet & The Jays - 1967 - Pleading For Your Love (Hi 2129)

The Naturelles - Discography 1968-69 [3sides]

01. The Naturelles - 1968 - Show Me The Way (Venture 609) (Venture 633)
02. The Naturelles - 1968 - Love Has Joined Us Together (Venture 609)
03. The Naturelles - 1969 - So Much In Need (Venture 633)

Wanda Davis - Discography 1970-7? [3sides]

01. Wanda Davis - 1970 - Save Me (Project Soul 001)
02. Wanda Davis - 1970 - Take Care (Project Soul 001)
03. Wanda Davis - 197? - Where Did You Sleep Last Night (Unissued)

Nancy Butts - Discography 1968-73 [12sides]

01. Nancy Butts - 1968 - I Want To Hold Your Hand (Flaming Arrow C-19)
02. Nancy Butts - 1968 - Your Friend Will Take The Man You Love (Flaming Arrow C-19)
03. Nancy Butts - 1969 - Go On To Her (Flaming Arrow 38)
04. Nancy Butts - 1969 - You're Gonna Need Somebody (Flaming Arrow 38)
05. Nancy Butts - 1969 - Let Me Be Free (Flaming Arrow 39)
06. Nancy Butts - 1969 - Please Please Tell Me Baby (Flaming Arrow 39)
07. Nancy Butts - 1971 - Only One Love (King 6405)
08. Nancy Butts - 1971 - Letter Full Of Tears (King 6405)
09. Nancy Butts - 1972 - I Can't Love But One Man At A Time (Jar-Val 14)
10. Nancy Butts - 1972 - Too Many Yesterdays (Jar-Val 14)
11. Nancy Butts - 1973 - I've Been Blind Too Long (Jar-Val 17)
12. Nancy Butts - 1973 - I've Been Blind Too Long [inst] (Jar-Val 17)


Friday, 20 December 2019

Price Of Love

Let's take a look at one of Chi-Town's finest today. Although they went through lead vocalists at an astonishing rate, The Artistics maintained a remarkably consistent level of quality with their recordings. Doling out 5 full-length albums and 18 singles over the course of a decade.

The Artistics formed in 1958 at Marshall High School in Chicago, Illinois with a line-up of Curt Thomas (lead), Larry Johnson (first tenor), Jesse Bolian (second tenor) and Aaron Floyd (baritone bass). In 1960 Thomas left and was replaced by lead singer Robert Dobyne. The group performed at the 1960 Democratic National Convention, and began singing backup for Major Lance, including on his record "Monkey Time". Record producer Carl Davis signed the group to OKeh Records in 1963, but their early records were not successful. Dobyne left in 1964, later writing for The Temptations and recording for Motown though his recordings were not released at the time. Lead singer duties for The Artistics were taken over first by Charles Davis, previously of The Dukays, and then by Marvin Smith, previously of The El Dorados. They had their first local hit with "Get My Hands On Some Lovin'", co-written and first recorded by Marvin Gaye, and followed it up with the more successful "This Heart of Mine", written by Barrett Strong. The single reached no. 25 on the Billboard R&B chart following its release in late 1965. Their next two singles for OKeh were unsuccessful, and they moved to Brunswick Records where Carl Davis had become A&R Director. Their first record on the label was "I'm Gonna Miss You", written by Smith, Bolian and Johnson of the group and produced by Davis, which rose to no. 9 on the R&B chart and no. 55 on the pop chart at the end of 1966. Marvin Smith left the group for a solo career before the record made the charts, and was replaced by Tommy Green. Smith continued to collaborate on writing material, and sang on some of the group's records until 1970. The group's next single, "Girl I Need You", with Green on lead vocal, was also a minor hit, and the group recorded an LP, I'm Gonna Miss You. Several further singles on Brunswick were less successful, but they recorded two further albums, The Articulate Artistics (1968) and What Happened (1969), produced by Carl Davis with Eugene Record who also wrote some of their material. The albums are now regarded as high points of Chicago R&B recordings of the period and their tracks are highly regarded by fans of Northern Soul. The group's last chart record was "Make My Life Over" in 1971, with Fred Pettis replacing Green on lead vocal. The group left Brunswick in 1973 and split up soon afterwards. Smith briefly reformed the group in 1999, to undertake some recordings for Ian Levine's Motorcity Records.

Price Of Love is the full Artistics package. The five Brunswick LPs and the complete singles collection. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Monday, 16 December 2019

GGG Presents O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!! Vol. 20

This isn't the final installment of the 'O-O-O-O-Oh Yeah!!!' series but I will be putting a plug in it for now. I plan on picking it back up at some point in the new year but would also like to explore some other themes and directions with future compilations in the meantime. Enjoy.

01. Marie Adams - 196? - You Don't Know (Encore Artists 300a)
02. Marie Adams - 196? - That's The Way To Get Along (Encore Artists 300b)
03. The Oasis - 1969 - Come On Home (Authentic 412a)
04. The Oasis - 1969 - Willie Mae (What Kinda Girl Are You) (Authentic 412b)
05. Soul Angels [aka The Bobbettes] - 1969 - It's All In Your Mind (Josie 1002a)
06. Soul Angels [aka The Bobbettes] - 1969 - The Ladies Choice (Josie 1002b)
07. The French Connection - 19?? - Monte Carlo (Famous 711Fa)
08. The French Connection - 19?? - Penguin Talk (Famous 711Fb)
09. Young Ladies - 1970 - He's Gone To Another (Stang 5010a)
10. Young Ladies - 1970 - I'm Tired Of Running Around (Stang 5010b)
11. Gene Graham - 1970  - My Goodness Baby (Checker 1230a)
12. Gene Graham - 1970  - You Can't Change Me (Checker 1230b)
13. Eugene Gaspard - 197? - Holding On ( Rosemont 4236a)
14. Eugene Gaspard - 197? - On And On ( Rosemont 4236b)
15. Jo Jo & The Outcast - 1972 - A Whole Lot Of Woman (Sound-O-Riffic 926a)
16. Jo Jo & The Outcast - 1972 - Why Baby (Sound-O-Riffic 926b)
17. Brenda Devlin - 1973 - Were You Ever Lonely (Road 109a)
18. Brenda Devlin - 1973 - I Love You More Than Anything (Road 109b)
19. Roy Gee & The Hitmakers - 1975 - Git Up, Release Yourself (Hitmaker 500a)
20. Roy Gee & The Hitmakers - 1975 - I Can't Do It All By Myself (Hitmaker 500b)
21. E. Jackie Hines - 1976 - I'm Not The Fool (JBE 101a)
22. E. Jackie Hines - 1976 - I'm So Glad (JBE 101b)
23. Ben Wiggins - 1976 - It's All Over (Almeria 4003a)
24. Ben Wiggins - 1976 - I Love You Too Much (Almeria 4003b)
25. Lorraine Rudolph - 1975 - Keep Coming Back For More (Jet Stream 817a)
26. Lorraine Rudolph - 1975 - After All I've Been Through (Jet Stream 817b)


Friday, 13 December 2019

Break Away Baby

For an artist who had a dozen or so 45s released, precious little is known about Obrey Wilson – which is a shame as he was a fine vocalist and strong songwriter who made some high quality country soul in the 60s and some scrumptious southern fried funk in the 70s.

Wilson seems to have started his career with Snuff Garrett at Liberty, and although his four sides for the company are more pop than soul, "Hey There Mountain" has some notoriety as being one of only a handful of sides that Phil Spector produced for Garrett. While "She's A Good Looker" has a Jackie Wilson feel to his high tenor vocal, the flip "I Know I'm Lying", is Obrey’s first overtly country styled track. The cuts from his first stay at Epic were produced by Jerry Kennedy or Billy Sherrill in Nashville, and they range in styles from pop/country to soul. The best is undoubtedly "She Used To Be Mine" which is really soulful thanks to Wilson’s obvious gospel vocal touches, including a well judged rap, and the tasteful piano. His sole Columbia outing was recorded in New York, with Charlie Calello providing the big big backdrop for his version of the uplifting "My Ancestors". The flip has had some Northern scene action. Obrey’s Philips 45 was again produced by Jerry Kennedy but neither side was among his best. But both sides of his Bell 45 were far better. It was another Nashville recording, but more like John Richbourg’s style of music from there than Billy Sherrill’s. "Soul Satisfaction #1" was a gently funky little opus, very nicely arranged, and "Break Away Baby" was far and away Wilson’s best effort to date. In a classic southern soul setting of guitar/organ underpinning a strong horn section, Obrey cut loose, his high tenor sounding just perfect, full of righteous fire and hoarse commitment. A great deep side for sure. He continued this gospel feeling with his next 45 "Sweet Revival", an easy paced tuneful hymn, with some really good guitar and conga playing over which Wilson again gets high with the spirit. This side reminds very much of the sort of sound that Buddy Killen surrounded the great Paul Kelly with on Warner Bros, also in Nashville. And that’s quite a compliment. Both tracks on his second Mercury single came from the pen of the wonderful Swamp Dogg and while "You Were Meant For Me" was good, his version of "Laid Back And Easy" was excellent. Always one of Swamp’s finer evocative numbers, I think Wilson’s rendition just about shades Freddie North’s for sheer soul thanks to his oh-so-flexible vocal. Thanks to its inclusion on the 'Lost Soul' series of LPs Obrey’s outstanding "Sho Nuff You Can" is probably his most accessible track. But this superb slice of country soul can’t really have enough plaudits aimed at it, so sweet is the melody, so subtle the playing (especially by the guy at the electric piano), so good are Bergen Whit’s horn charts and so emotional the vocal. Almost an advertisement for country soul. Wilson's final single (not included in collection) was for John E. Denny's Nashville operation and Mel Tillis' "Take Time" was another winner, just the right side of the country/soul divide with Wilson’s hoarse tone lovely to hear, and his 'delayed' sense of time is really on the button. His companion on the track Bernice Cook sings well too. ~ Sir Shambling

Break Away Baby bundles the complete Obrey Wilson recordings between 1961 and 1973. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to hwolf, imnokid and Sir Shambling for the bulk of these tracks and bio. Enjoy.

Monday, 9 December 2019

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 39

The Royal Five - Discography 196?-71 [9sides]

01. The Royal Five - 196? - The Boston Boo-Ga-Loo (P & L 317)
02. The Royal Five - 196? - (Somewhere) Over The Rainbow (P & L 317)
03. The Royal Five - 196? - Nobody Else (P & L 1004)
04. The Royal Five - 196? - Don't Stop (P & L 1004)
05. The Royal Five - 196? - Say It To My Face (Tyler 200)
06. The Royal Five - 196? - Gonna Keep Lovin' You (Tyler 200)
07. The Royal Five - 19?? - Five Miles (Unissued)
08. The Royal Five - 1971 - Ain't No Big Thing (But It's Growing) (Arctic 160)
09. The Royal Five - 1971 - Peace Of Mind (It's Just A Matter Of Time) (Arctic 160)

Four Mints - Discography 1969-73 [17sides]

01. Four Mints - 1969 - You're My Desire (Holiday 175) (Capsoul CSLP 370)
02. Four Mints - 1969 - You'll Want To Come Back (Holiday 175) (Capsoul CSLP 370)
03. Four Mints - 1971 - Row My Boat (Capsoul 27) (Capsoul CSLP 370)
04. Four Mints - 1971 - They Were Wrong (Capsoul 23) (Capsoul CSLP 370)
05. Four Mints - 1973 - Can't Get Strung Out (Capsoul 26) (Capsoul CSLP 370)
06. Four Mints - 1973 - Why Did I Go (Capsoul 26) (Capsoul CSLP 370)
07. Four Mints - 1973 - Do You Really Love Me (Capsoul 27) (Capsoul CSLP 370)
08. Four Mints - 1973 - Keep On Loving You (Capsoul 27) (Capsoul CSLP 370)
09. Four Mints - 1973 - Too Far Gone (Capsoul CSLP 370)
10. Four Mints - 1973 - In A Rut (Capsoul CSLP 370)
11. Four Mints - 197? - Hysteria (Unissued)
12. Four Mints - 197? - Crystal Rivers (Unissued)
13. Four Mints - 197? - No Longer (Unissued)
14. Four Mints - 197? - Endlessly (Unissued)
15. Four Mints - 1973 - Too Far Gone [rehearsal] (Unissued)
16. Four Mints - 1973 - In A Rut [rehearsal] (Unissued)
17. Four Mints - 1973 - In A Rut [inst] (Unissued)

The Demands - Discography 1973 [6sides]

01. The Demands - 1973 - Say It Again (Clem 7101)
02. The Demands - 1973 - Let Me Be Myself (Clem 7101)
03. The Demands - 1973 - Checkin Time (Unissued)
04. The Demands - 1973 - Demands Instrumental (Unissued)
05. The Demands - 1973 - Say It Again [alt] (Unissued)
06. The Demands - 1973 - Let Me Be Myself [alt] (Unissued)


Friday, 6 December 2019

What It Is

Let's funk it up this Friday with a rather unique outfit that has finally got a taste of the accolades that they earned nearly 50 years ago. Though they released a wealth of material under the name Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign, as The Ebony Rhythm Band they only released one 45, “Soul Heart Transplant” on Lamp Records. As ERB. they recorded an album's worth of unissued material and served as the backing band for several of the artist's on the Lamp label between 1969 and 1971. As ERFC, they released two LPs and a 45 between 1973 and 1976.

With their early origins at Lamp Records in Indianapolis as the Ebony Rhythm Band, this group of storied musicians has been at the forefront of Rhythm n Blues music since 1969. With an incredible sound that seems to take the heavy bottom of New Orleans Funk and merge it with the trippier elements of Detroit psychedelic soul for a really great tripped-out groove -- using lots of guitar and organ over heavy rhythms, in a style that's a bit like the Meters at times -- but a lot freer flowing. When Lamp Records folded in 1971 ERB travelled to California. The Ebony Rhythm Band found themselves living on popcorn and hope, with a healthy dose of hustle thrown in for survival. In those days, Rufus used to live just behind the house that ERB lived in. More than once, Ebony, who used to practice in the kitchen of that house, were visited by L.A.’s finest and told to “turn down the music” when it was Rufus on the other side of the fence who was causing the commotion. Passing acquaintances included The Commodores and Earth, Wind & Fire who were also doing the “starving in LA” scene at the same time ERB was wood shedding in the kitchen. When Matt Watson ran into Phillip Upchurch at an impromptu LA party, the chance meeting between old Indianapolis school mates led to a meeting with Wayne Henderson of Jazz Crusaders fame. Henderson heard ERB and decided to produce the group's first album. Under the new name, Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign, “Reach For It” was released in 1973 with Henderson playing trombone in the ERFC horn section. The LA scene found ERFC warming-up for Curtis Mayfield, New Birth, The Grass Roots, Doby Gray, The Whispers, The Commodores and Three Dog Night. After many months of survival in the streets of L.A., the group headed for home. In 1973, ERFC made their way back to Indianapolis. The next few years were very busy ones, doing concerts with the likes of Al Green, Donny Hathaway, Jackie Wilson, The Stylistics, Patty Labelle, The Ohio Players, The Guess Who, The Mystics, and Sha Na Na. These events which surrounded the release of Reach For It might be considered the “first era” of ERFC. The “second era” of ERFC began with the recording and release of “How’s Your Wife (And My Child)” with the B side “Oh Baby” in 1975. How’s Your Wife made it to #69 on the Billboard Hot Soul 100. Oh Baby pulled air play on the east coast but never made the charts. In this era ERFC played concerts with Earth Wind & Fire, The Chi-Lites, B.B. King, The Spinners and club dates with Donny Hathaway and Bobby Blue Bland. But lack of promotion from the Innovation II label left the band in disarray and saw the original keyboardist, drummer and guitar player all leave the band. The “third era” of ERFC was in 1975 through 1978. This era featured new personnel and a new album “Watchin' You, Watchin' Me” on the ChiSound label. The album was a technical triumph but once again suffered from lack of effective promotion from ChiSound. The last years of the 70’s saw ERFC in decline, playing their last gig in 1980 with almost completely new players. ~ In Dangerous Rhythm

What It Is collects the complete recordings of both Ebony Rhythm incarnations and includes 10 unissued cuts as Ebony Rhythm Band made available by re-issue label, Now-Again Records, in more recent years. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

Monday, 2 December 2019

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 28

01. Clay Hammond - 1968 - I'll Make It Up To You (Kent 503)
02. J.B. Troy - 1966 - Every Man Needs A Woman (Musicor 1188)
03. Roscoe Robinson - 196? - Leave You In The Arms Of Another Man (Seventy-Seven SP 2152)
04. Paul Kelly - 1967 - Cryin' For My Baby (Philips 40457)
05. Susie Rainey - 1969 - You Hurt So Good (Peachtree 106)
06. The Zircons - 1969 - You Ain't Coming Back (Capitol 2667)
07. Winfield Parker - 1968 - A Fallen Star (Ru-Jac 0024)
08. Major Burkes - 19?? - Who Was The Fool (Gulf 0005)
09. Jay Robinson & The Dynamics - 1967 - I Can't Live Without You (Mala 551)
10. Bobby Patterson - 1966 - If I Didn't Have You (Jetstar 107)
11. Barbara & The Browns - 196? - It Hurts Me So Much (Cadet Unissued)
12. George Jackson - 196? - Search Your Heart (Fame Unissued)
13. James Carr - 196? - Please Your Woman (Goldwax Unissued)
14. The Del-Vons - 1966 - All I Did Was Cry (Wells 1001)
15. Gene Middleton - 1965 - A Man Will Do Anything (Soul Town 01)
16. Eddie Wood - 1965 - One (Perico ABK 1258)
17. Lee Jackson - 1965 - Ad For Love (Atlantic 45-2284)
18. Banny Price - 1964 - There Goes The Girl (Jewel 733)
19. Thelma Jones - 1967 - I Won't Give Up On My Man (Barry 1018)
20. William Bell - 1967 - You Don't Miss Your Water (Stax S-719)
21. Oliver Joy - 1967 - Come Get This Love (Big Deal 133)
22. Emanuel Lasky - 1968 - More Love (Where That Came From) (Westbound 143)
23. Israel Tolbert - 1969 - Darling, I Love You (Warren 105) (Stax - Warren STS-2038)
24. Don Bryant - 1969 - For Your Precious Love (Hi SHL 32054)
25. Percy Sledge - 1969 - Faithful And True (Atlantic 2679)