Wednesday, 31 March 2021

GGG Presents Deep Dish Delicacies Vol. 40

Second (and maybe third) thing first folks; another 10-15 re-ups have been added to the pile and much like the last round, many of them are some of the earliest collections posted here at Groovy Gumbo. As such, most will be a little rough around the edges in comparison to my more recent work. I hope and plan to revisit most of these someday for a redux, but who knows when that'll actually be!? Also, as previously mentioned, I've created a quick fix link for the re-upped Goodie Grab Bag series -- it's just above the re-upped compilations that some people still can't manage to find (... god bless them) -- and several volumes have been updated to include previously missing tracks. Thanks as well to USMAN47 for the Futures track, full re-up still to come. 

Now, first thing last ... I'm excited to return to this series that is so near and dear to my heart. It's been over six months since the last installment, but Deep Dish Delicacies is back for the big 4 0 !!




01. Lee Moses - 1971 - Adorable One (Maple LP 6001)
02. Bobby Patterson - 1972 - She Don't Have To See You (To See Through You) (Paula 362)
03. Johnnie Taylor - 1974 - Darling I Love You (Stax LP STS-5509)
04. Joe Wilson - 197? - Don't Look Back (Unissued)
05. Art Benton & The Ray Franklin Orchestra - 1972 - Get Off Your Um Huh (Chris 110)
06. Wanda Davis - 1970 - Take Care (Project Soul 001)
07. Sam & Bill - 1970 - Who Will It Be (Capricorn 8001)
08. Andrew Jeffery - 1970 - I Wouldn't Change Her (Shama 622)
09. Irma Thomas - 1968 - Can't Get Enough (Unissued Chess)
10. James Bounty - 1967 - Life Will Begin Again (Compass 7005)
11. Duke Earl & The Roulettes - 1966 - Oh-Boy (Bee 175)
12. Ohio Untouchables - 1964 - I'm Tired (Lu Pine 1011)
13. Bobby Angelle - 1966 - I Wanna Go Back Home (Money 125)
14. The Turn Arounds - 1966 - I Want You To Know (Unissued)
15. The Exciters - 1968 - Take One Step (I'll Take Two) (RCA Victor 47-9633)
16. Frank Tenella -  196? - You Came Along And Changed My Whole Life (Odex 133-OR-1067)
17. Otis Brown - 196? - I Don't Wanna Cry (Exspect More ‎S-106551-3)
18. Earl Gaines - 1969 - The Meaning Of A Sad Song (Deluxe 111)
19. Sam Moore - 1970 - Tennessee Waltz (Atlantic 2762)
20. Lonnie Jones - 1971 - She's My Lady (Jenmark 101)
21. Bill Brandon - 1973 - It's All Wrong, It's All Right (Moonsong 9005)
22. Sam Dees - 1975 - Troubled Child (Atlantic LP SD-18134)
23. Doris Duke - 1975 - Please Come Back (Contempo 7703) (Scepter LP SPS 5124)
24. Howard Tate - 1976 - Pride (HT 001)
25. Darondo - 1974 - I'm Lonely (Unissued Music City)



Saturday, 27 March 2021

Love Is Here

Bit of a stretch since the last post so thought I'd pad the re-up pile with a 20-stack this time around ~ we're getting there. Now, I suspect like me, most of you have noticed over the past several weeks, many of our usual (blog) haunts have been featuring a flurry of Philly soul gems; both hidden and familiar. However, I was a little surprised to see nobody put any real emphasis on one of my fav's -- The Futures -- who cover the spread sort of speak. One of the city's finest quintets but they just couldn't make it click, in terms of forging a promising career. As far as disco-soul goes, this group is actually quite palatable in my opinion and consistently had strong production. Sadly, they weren't properly supported by their label(s) and suffered dearly due to a lack of promotion. It's a near-miracle they managed to wax three albums to be honest.


One of Philadelphia's finest groups; The Futures made good music, but Lady Luck refused to work her magic on them. Frank Washington, Kenny Crew, James King, John King, and Henry McGilberry emulated the Temptations and in the beginning, it worked well for them. Christmas came a few weeks early when Amjo Records released their first single late in 1970. After some decent local response, the single was re-issued by Avalanche Records just a couple months later. The next single, "Love Is Here," appeared on Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Gamble label in 1972. It was a lovely Gamble and Huff song featuring a soaring falsetto, McGilberry's deep bass, and weaving harmonies that sadly only got spot play in a few cities; The Dramatics recorded an inferior version on their 10 1/2 album. Furthermore, The Futures made a terrible career move when Gamble Records ended by signing with Buddah Records and missing a golden opportunity with Philadelphia International Records. Their first Buddah release, "(That's) The Way Of A Woman In Love" b/w "Grade A Woman," dropped in January 1974 to a deafening silence. The second single, "No One Could Compare" b/w "You Better Be Careful," also failed to register. As they wallowed in obscurity, The O'Jays and Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes bloomed on Philadelphia International and The Spinners and The Stylistics reaped the benefits of their productions. Buddah released The Futures' third single, "Castles," in June of 1975, which continued the string of flops. Followed by the debut full-length "Castles In The Sky" LP in the autumn, which didn't include the first two singles and its promotion was virtually non-existent. Barbara Mason wrote their final Buddah single, "We Got Love," prompting a poorly promoted tour with Philly's First Lady of Soul. Things looked bleak for The Futures, Buddah lost all interest (if they ever had any in the first place), and The Futures faded further into obscurity. A few years later the group reunited with Gamble and Huff in 1978 at Philadelphia International Records, but the company's glory days were over. The first release, "Part Time Party Time Man," an energetic dancer with a terrific vocal, never charted high, yet was their most successful single. Its delightful successor, "Ain't No Time for Nothing," was succeeded by three more singles, including "Mr. Bojangles." Philadelphia International released two albums by the Futures: 'Past Present & The Futures' and the obscure 'Greetings Of Peace'. Warped Records issued the final Futures' recordings in 1982: "Let's Get To It" b/w "Young & Tender" and "Angel In Disguise" b/w "Betcha Come Back." ~ Andrew Hamilton [allmusic]

Love Is Here purposely omits the last two 45s from The Futures because they're simply awful, but everything else is here and almost entirely sourced from remastered material. All files chronicled, cleanly tagged and mp3 @ 320kbs. Thanks to original uploaders, enjoy.

*thanks to USMAN47 for the missing track


Wednesday, 17 March 2021

GGG Presents Darling Dear Vol. 09

This one's probably more of a grower than a shower ... yeah, this one wanders a little but will get you where you need to go. Oh, and speaking of growing, check the re-up stack, another heap have been added! Close to half of the dead links (excluding those slotted for Redux) have been replaced within the past month and the rest should be as well within another month or so. However, I am currently neck deep in a personal project that will have me tied up for a few weeks so don't count on seeing any Redux Collections for at least a month. I'm still astonished at how many people remain oblivious to the QUICIK FIX options, but for those of you in the know, I'll be adding a new stand-alone archive for Goodie Grab Bags series soonish. For now, enjoy.




01. The Satellites - 1958 - Heavenly Angel (Class 234)
02. The Buckeyes - 1957 - Since I Fell For You (DeLuxe 6110)
03. The Tads - 1957 - Glowing Moon (Unissued Porter)
04. Ruth McFadden & The Royaltones - 1956 - Two In Love (Old Town 1020)
05. The Duponts - 1958 - Half Past Nothing (Roulette 4060)
06. The Heartbeats - 1956 - A Thosand Miles Away (Hull 720)
07. Grady Chapman & The Suedes - 1955 - I Need You So (Money 204)
08. Richard Berry & The Dreamers - 1955 - Baby Darling (Flair 1058)
09. The Excels - 1957 - You're Mine Forever (Central NA-2601)
10. The Bobbettes - 1959 - Don't Say Goodnight (Atlantic 2027)
11. Little Milton (w. Oliver Sain Orchestra) - 1959 - Strange Dreams (Bobbin 112)
12. The Castaleers - 1958 - Lonely Boy (Felsted 8512)
13. Johnny Two-Voice & The Sliders - 1959 - You And Your Lovin' Ways (Speciality 676)
14. The Blends - 1960 - Now It's Your Turn (Casa Grande 3037-45)
15. Jimmy Jones - 1960 - Too Long Will Be Too Late (MGM LP E3847)
16. The Fi-Dells - 1961 - What Is Love (Imperial X5780)
17. The Sheppards - 1961 - Tragic (Apex 7762) (Vee Jay 441)
18. The Jokers - 1961 - Whisper (Wand 111) **
19. The Companions - 1962 - How Could You (Amy 852) **
20. The Desires - 1960 - Set Me Free (My Darling) (Hull 733)
21. The Vines - 1961 - I Must See You Again (Cee-Jay 582)
22. The Dee Cals - 1959 - Stars In The Blue What Should I Do (Co-Ed 1960)
23. Beverly Ann Gibson - 1959 - Without Love (DEB 506) [stereo]
24. The Cyclones - 1957 - My Dear (Flip 324) **
25. Del-Satins - 1958 - Counting Teardrops (Win 702) **

all tracks [mono] except track #23 [stereo]
** mono track electronically enhanced for stereo playback



Friday, 5 March 2021

GGG Presents Goodie Grab Bags Volume 54

Here we have two terrific vocal groups out of Texas; The Van Dykes and The Commands. Also, I added a bakers dozen of fresh re-ups, and a reminder to access comps via the Quick Fix!



The Van Dykes - Discography 1965-67 [15sides]

01. The Van Dykes - 1965 - No Man Is An Island (Hue CSP-6500) (Mala 520)
02. The Van Dykes - 1965 - I Won't Hold It Against You (Hue CSP-6500) (Mala 520)
03. The Van Dykes - 1966 - I've Got To Go On Without You (Mala 530)
04. The Van Dykes - 1966 - What Will I Do (If I Lose You) (Mala 530)
05. The Van Dykes - 1966 - Never Let Me Go (Mala 539)
06. The Van Dykes - 1966 - I've Got To Find A Love (Mala 539)
07. The Van Dykes - 1966 - You Need Confidence (Mala 549)
08. The Van Dykes - 1966 - You're Shakin' Me Up (Mala 549)
09. The Van Dykes - 1967 - A Sunday Kind Of Love (Mala 566)
10. The Van Dykes - 1967 - I'm So Happy (Mala 566)
11. The Van Dykes - 1967 - Hey Mr. Lonesome (Unissued Mala)
12. The Van Dykes - 1967 - I'm For Real Baby (Unissued Mala)
13. The Van Dykes - 1967 - Save My Love For A Rainy Day (Mala 584)
14. The Van Dykes - 1967 - Tears Of Joy (Mala 584)
15. The Van Dykes - 1967 - Doin' The Best I Can (Unissued Mala)


The Commands - Discography 1966-68 [12sides]

01. The Commands - 1966 - Hey It's Love (Dynamic 104) (Back Beat 570)
02. The Commands - 1966 - No Time For You (Dynamic 104) (Back Beat 570)
03. The Commands - 1966 - Don't Be Afraid To Love Me (Dynamic 111)
04. The Commands - 1966 - Around The Go-Go (Dynamic 111)
05. The Commands - 1966 - Chain Gang (Dynamic 114)
06. The Commands - 1966 - Must Be Alright (Dynamic 114)
07. The Commands - 1968 - I've Got Love For My Baby (Dynamic 123)
08. The Commands - 1968 - Too Late To Cry (Dynamic 123)
09. The Commands - 1968 - A Way To Love Me (Dynamic 123 alt press)
10. The Commands - 196? - Only Lovers (Unissued)
11. The Commands - 196? - L.A. Is Where It's Happening (Unissued)
12. The Commands - 196? - Puppets (Unissued)