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Looking For You ~ The Complete United Artists & Veep Singles
Looking For You ~ The Complete United Artists & Veep Singles
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Precious Love..." – Looking For You:The Complete United Artist & Veep Singles by GARNET MIMMS (2015 Kent Soul CD Remasters), 30 Mar. 2015
Now here’s something well tasty for lovers of classic American Sixties Soul – the A&B-sides of fourteen Garnet Mimms singles gathered together in one place for the first time. Everything about this CD release smacks of quality – gorgeous audio – equally sweet presentation coupled with the real deal - classy, moving and uplifting music. For me “Looking For You” is already a contender for SOUL REISSUE OF THE YEAR 2015. Here are the details to make you “Cry Baby”...

UK released 30 March 2015 – "Looking For You: The Complete United Artists & Veep Singles" by GARNET MIMMS on Ace/Kent-Soul CDTOP 423 (Barcode 029667242325) will allow fans to sequence his singles as follows (77:01 minutes):

US and UK SINGLES – [7] = track number
1. Cry Baby [1] b/w Don’t Change Your Heart [2]
October 1963 USA 7” single on United Artists UA 629
October 1963 UK 7” single on United Artists UP 1033

2. Baby Don’t You Weep [3] b/w For Your Precious Love [4]
November 1963 USA 7” single on United Artists UA 658
December 1963 UK 7” single on United Artists UP 1038

3. Tell Me Baby [5] b/w Anytime You Want Me [6]
February 1964 USA 7” single on United Artists UA 694
April 1964 UK 7” single on United Artists UP 1048

4. A Quiet Place [7] b/w One Girl [8]
May 1964 USA 7” single on United Artists UA 715

5. Look Away [9] b/w One Woman Man [10]
October 1964 USA 7” single on United Artists UA 773

6. A Little Bit Of Soap [11] b/w I’ll Make It Up To You [12]
1964 USA 7” single on United Artists UA 796

7. It Was Easier To Hurt Her [13] b/w So Close [14]
1965 USA 7” single on United Artists UA 848
May 1965 UK 7” single on United Artists UP 1090

8. Welcome Home [15] b/w Everytime [16]
1965 USA 7” single on United Artists UA 868 – WITHDRAWN

9. Everytime [16] b/w That Goes To Show You [17]
1965 USA 7” single on United Artists UA 887

10. Looking For You [18] b/w More Than A Miracle [19]
1965 USA 7” single on United Artists UA 951

11. I’ll Take Good Care Of You [20] b/w Prove It To Me [21]
March 1966 USA 7” single on United Artists UA 995
March 1966 UK 7” single on United Artists UP 1130 with “Looking For You” as the B-side

12. It’s Been Such A Long Way Home [22] b/w Thinkin’ [23]
June 1966 USA 7” single on Veep V 1232
August 1966 UK 7” single on United Artists UP 1147

13. My Baby [24] b/w Keep On Smilin’ [25]
September 1966 USA 7” single on Veep V 1234
September 1966 UK 7” single on United Artists UP 1153 with “It Won’t Hurt (Half As Much) as the B-side (not on this compilation)

14. All About Love [26] b/w The Truth Hurts [27]
February 1967 USA 7” single on Veep V 1252
February 1967 UK 7” single on United Artists UP 1172

Notes:
Tracks 1 to 4, 7 and 8 credited to GARNET MIMMS & THE ENCHANTERS
All other tracks credited to GARNET MIMMS
All tracks are in STEREO except 22 and 26 – which are MONO
Track 28 is from the USA Stereo LP “As Long As I Have You” on United Artists UAS 6396 and the A-side of a rare French 45 from 1964 on United Artists 35012
There is a British 45 of “As Long As I Have You” released July 1967 on United Artists UP 1186 coupled with “Yesterday” as its B-side – but both cuts are Live Versions from the 1967 LP “Live” on United Artists ULP 1174 (Mono) and SULP 1174 (Stereo) and not the Studio Version.

The 16-page booklet is the usual visual gourmet of American and British 45’s repro’d on almost every page – complimented by in-studio snaps of the great Songwriter and Producer Jerry Ragovoy working with Garnet and the Enchanters. There are rare American Picture Sleeves – Billboard Trade Adverts and Reviews – even a colour photo of Garnet looking pensive in Central London in 1971 (wondering where all those Northern Soul royalties went). Speaking of the UK and the affection Mimms is held in here - despite any Top 50 chart action – the British side of United Artists believed in Mimms so much that they released a staggering 10 singles between October 1963 and July 1967 (with a further 3 on Verve up to 1968) and three full albums into the bargain (see Discography attached to this review in the comment section). Relistening to them now – it seems cruel that none took to the charts.

Long-standing go-to Soul Man TONY ROUNCE provides the affectionate and informative liner notes – quite right stating that Garnet is a long overdue contender for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. The remasters carried out by expert Engineer DUNCAN COWELL are exceptionally good. With all but two tracks in glorious STEREO – the punch off these beautiful slices of Soul is full on – tingly indeed.

It opens with the game-changer “Cry Baby” which virtually introduced torch-song Soul with its huge production values and melodrama pleading – Mimms sounding like an equal to Jackie Wilson (a compliment most Soul singers would take any day of the week). Despite the strength of his second heartbroken release “Baby Don’t You Weep” (another Jerry Ragovoy penned pleader) – US DJ’s took to the Jerry Butler cover version of “For Your Precious Love” on the B-side which made it chart at 9 on the American R&B charts in November 1963 with the A reaching only 11. And it’s easy to hear why – its just beautiful – and presented in Stereo here – packs an emotional wallop that transcends 50 years plus since it was released.

Things go into a dancer shuffle with the clapping hands of “Tell Me Baby” - but again it’s the torch song B-side “Anytime You Want Me” that impresses more – his vocals soaring like Jackie on a roll. Things go shuffling Sam Cooke with Johnny Dollar trying to get away from the man next store with a radio in “A Quiet Place”. Songwriting heroes Bert Berns and Jerry Ragovoy provide the walking-down-the street ache in both “One Girl” and “Look Away”. His cover of The Jarmels “A Little Bit Of Soap” feels too poppy by far but Production values soar on the chipper “Everytime” with a melody that’s not a million miles away from “It’s Alright” by The Impressions.

His pairing of the Northern Soul dancer “Looking For You” with the beautifully delivered ballad “More Than A Miracle” are seen by Soul collectors and connoisseurs as the pinnacle of his masterful art (both sides penned by Ragovoy with Doc Pomus sharing a credit on the B-side). Beauty and double-sided genius crop up yet again on “I’ll Take Good Care Of You” b/w “Prove It To Me”. While “I’ll Take Good Care Of You” is undeniably hissy in places – it has so much emotion going on that you’re swept away in the passion of it all. Countering the smooch of the A - cool groove of the month goes to its flipside “Prove It To Me” – a really wicked mover. Janis Joplin covered both “Cry Baby” and “My Baby” on her magnificent “Pearl” album in 1971 – tapping into Garnet’s impassioned delivery fro both cuts. And on it goes through to “As Long As I Have You” – a fantastic floor-filling stepper including here as a sort of CD bonus because it turned up (not in his native America) but in France on an uber-rare United Artists 45 that now commands big bucks.

So there you have it – class from start to finish. Ace Records of the UK have reissued some corkers in their time with the Kent-Soul imprint – but “Looking For You...” by Garnet Mimms will surely be up there for years to come.

Well done to everyone involved for treating the man and his music with the respect and affection they both deserve...


Grits & Gravy ~ The Best Of The Fame Gang
Grits & Gravy ~ The Best Of The Fame Gang
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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Sax Appeal..." – Grits & Gravy: The Best Of The Fame Gang by THE FAME GANG (2015 Beat Goes Public (BGP) CD Remasters), 30 Mar. 2015
Motown had its in-house band in The Funk Brothers - Muscle Shoals had The Swampers - and Alabama’s Fame Studios had THE FAME GANG. And that’s where this haul of 25 Groovy Soul nuggets comes in (a whopping 19 of which are Previously Unreleased). Here are the Funky and Then Some details...

UK released 30 March 2015 – "Grits & Gravy: The Best Of The Fame Gang" is on Ace/Beat Goes Public CDBGPD 288 (Barcode 029667528825) and pans out as follows (74:15 minutes):

(Except where noted all tracks are PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED recordings from 1969-1970):
1. Grits And Gravy (Extended Version of a 1969 USA 7” single on Fame 1458, A)
2. Twangin’ My Thang (1970 USA 7” single on Fame 1471, A)
3. Cannonball
4. Stand
5. Snortnin’ Bread
6. Groove Killer
7. Crime Don’t Pay
8. Your Good Thing (from the 1969 USA LP “Solid Gold From Muscle Shoals” on Capitol SKAO-4200)
9. Soul Feud (1969 USA 7’ single on Fame 1458)
10. Shaolin’
11. Turn Your Chicken Loose (1970 USA 7” single on Fame 1471)
12. It’s Your Thing (from the 1969 USA LP “Solid Gold From Muscle Shoals” on Capitol SKAO-4200)
13. Choice Of Colors from the 1969 USA LP “Solid Gold From Muscle Shoals” on Capitol SKAO-4200)
14. Hey Joe
15. Soul Stutterin’
16. Sunrise
17. Walk Tall
18. Twenty Five Miles
19. Rang’s Thang
20. Smokestack Lightning
21. Sax Appeal
22. Shufflin’
23. Canteloupe Island
24. Muscle Soul
25. Twangin’ My Thang (Alternate Version)

THE FAME GANG (Mk III line-up) were:
TRAVIS WAMMACK and JUNIOR LOWE - Guitar
RONNIE EADES - Baritone and Tenor Saxophone
AARON VARNELL - Tenor and Alto Saxophone
HARVEY THOMPSON – Tenor Saxophone and Flute
HARRISON CALLOWAY - Trumpet and Trombone
CLAYTON IVEY - Piano and Organ
JESSE BOYCE - Bass
FREEMAN BROWN - Drums
MICKEY BUCKINS - Percussion
All Fame Sessions Produced by MICKEY BUCKINS and RICK HALL

The 16-page booklet has Compiler and Archive Researcher ALEC PALAO waxing lyrical about the three incarnations of The Fame Gang (Mark III is listed above) – one of three in-house groups Rick Hall had organised for his many studio projects (The Swampers were under his dutiful eye too). Reminiscences from Guitarist Junior Lowe, Percussionist Mickey Buckins, Keyboard Player Clayton Ivey and others who were there - enliven the story with a sense of the excitement they felt on a daily basis. The mixed-race band of nine stand proudly outside 603 East Avalon Avenue in Alabama (Fames Studios) in glorious colour on Page 7 looking like well-dressed hoodlums/mods. Their lone American album from December 1969 called “Solid Gold From Muscle Shoals” on Capitol SKAO-4200 is pictured in Cashbox advert form on Page 12 with a couple of their rare 45s from the same peppering the hugely affection text.

Long-standing Engineer and expert NICK ROBBINS handled transfers/remastering from original tapes and the Audio is the usual top-class affair from Ace – funky as gnat’s undercarriage on a charcoal grill. This CD kicks in the sound department – it really does – great Stereo Funky grooves – instrumentals and lots of them.

It opens with a total Funky winner – the instrumental Saxophone and Organ “Grits And Gravy” extended from its single playing time of 2:35 minutes to a pleasing 4:01 minutes. It’s like stumbling on the JB’s having a blast with Booker T & The Mg’s – I can’t help thinking this should be reissued as a 7” for 2015! Travis Wammack penned the guitar-funky groove of “Twangin’ My Thang” which is broken up with a chorus-line of females voices chanting the title line throughout. Next up is a wild guitar work out called “Cannonball” where someone (the liner notes suggest it’s probably Wammack) goes Eric Clapton’s Cream on his axe to a funky backdrop.

We’re then hit with one of many 1969 and 1970 cover versions beginning with an instrumental of Sly Stone’s “Stand”. Speaking of covers - some might say that maybe it would have been better to give us all sixteen of the Capitol Records lone album “Solid Gold From Muscle Shoals” tracks instead of just three (nearly all covers). But once you hear the unreleased haul (including more cover versions) – they make for obvious inclusion on a CD like this. They tackle Curtis Mayfield’s “Choice Of Colors”, The Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing”, Hendrix’s version of the Billy Roberts tune “Hey Joe”, Isaac Hayes and David Porter’s “Your Good Thing”, Edwin Starr’s “Twenty Five Miles”, Cannonball Adderley’s “Walk Tall” (part penned by Weather Report’s Joe Zawinul) and even Herbie Hancock’s classic vibe piece “Canteloupe Island”. Of their own compositions “Shortnin’ Bread” and “Sunrise” are provided by Harrison Calloway while Aaron Varnell gives us “Groove Killer” and co-writes with others in the band on “Turn My Chicken Loose” and “Sax Appeal”. The Jesse Boyce and Albert Lowe written “Soul Feud” is another instrumental highlight for sure – Harmonica warbling over flick-funky guitar with Saxophones complimenting the utterly wicked groove (yummy).

Some of the covers work less well than you would imagine – Edwin Starr’s “Twenty Five Miles” is a bit weedy really – far better is The Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing” which has its strut cleverly supplemented by “Doo Doo Bop” backing vocals. Another brilliant rearrangement comes in the shape of their version of Hancock’s “Canteloupe Island” – cool and funky – the double-whammy.

Not everything on here is genius by any means and after a while the proliferation of same-sounding instrumentals can start to grate – but (and I stress this) – when The Fame Gang hit that mark – they sound utterly brilliant and I’m certain will be filling up homemade compilations real soon.

Another winner of a release from Ace on their Beat Goes Public label – and if you’re a Funky Groove fiend like me – you’re gonna have to own it...


Cast Iron Hits ! 45rpm/ep/ps
Cast Iron Hits ! 45rpm/ep/ps

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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Cast Iron Hits!" by PEANUTS WILSON With The Teen Kings and ROY ORBISON (2014 Rollercoaster UK 4-Track Vinyl EP Reissue), 29 Mar. 2015
PEANUTS WILSON is Johnny Wilson of West Virginia (1938-1980) - nicknamed "Peanuts" because it was thought a release under his real name would clash too much with that of fellow Brunswick label-mate Jackie Wilson. "Cast Iron Hits!" is a limited edition British 4-track reissue 7” single EP on Rollercoaster Records RCEP 135 (No Barcode).

Side One: Silly Lilly (Johnny "Peanuts" Wilson) / Paper Boy (Roy Orbison)
Side Two: Cast Iron Arm (Jim Scott/Norman Petty/Roy Orbison) / I've Had It (Roy Orbison/Johnny "Peanuts" Wilson)

Recorded in May 1957 with Roy Orbison's Teen Queens as the backing band in Norman Petty's Studio in Clovis - the session featured PEANUTS WILSON on Lead Vocals, ROY ORBISON and ROY UNDERWOOD on Guitars (not known who played Lead), JAMES MARROW on Saxophone, FRED DANIEL on Bass Guitar and "Crazy Vocal" with RAY WAGNER on Drums.

Wilson’s lone release was issued November 1957 in the USA as "Cast Iron Arm" b/w "You've Got Love" on Brunswick 9-55039 - which was in turn picked up by Coral in the UK and issued March 1958 on both 78" (Coral Q.72302) and 45 (Coral 45-Q.72302). It was given a limited edition UK reissue in April 1976 on MCA Records MCA 240 (with Don Woody's "Barking Up The Wrong Tree" as its B-side) - but hasn’t been on vinyl for Rockabilly buyers in decades.

"Cast Iron Arm" was adopted as a Rockabilly favourite in Blighty during the Rock 'n' Roll boom of the early Seventies - hence its legend and staggering UK price tag of £500 for the 45 and £150 for the 78" (should you actually be able to find a copy). It appears Rollercoaster weren't able to get the licensing rights to the B-side for this superb 2014 EP - but have managed to reissue three of the five unreleased tracks Wilson recorded at Norman Petty's Studio in 1958 (the two not here are "My Heartbeat" and "You've Got Everything").

With its Roy Orbison tie-ins, sheer Rockabilly joyous sound ("Paper Boy" is fabulous stuff), a tasty gloss/laminate hard-card EP sleeve, superb John Davison-White liners notes and unreleased material into the bargain – Wilson and Rockabilly fans are gonna love this reissue.

Top marks to John Beecher’s Rollercoaster Records for getting these precious sides out there and keeping the flame alive...


Steppin' Stone ~ The XL and Sounds Of Memphis Story Volume 3
Steppin' Stone ~ The XL and Sounds Of Memphis Story Volume 3
Price: £11.80

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4.0 out of 5 stars “...Got A New Love...” – Steppin’ Stone: The XL and Sounds Of Memphis Story Volume 3 by VARIOUS (2010 Ace/Kent-Soul CD Remasters, 28 Mar. 2015
One that seems to have slipped through the reissue net – 22 Seventies cuts from the Sounds Of Memphis Studios (18 Previously Unreleased) – most in the tradition of Southern Soul. It’s a mixed bag for sure - but there's more winners on here than losers. Here's the nitty gritty on the tape-box discoveries...

UK released May 2010 – “Steppin’ Stone: The XL and Sounds Of Memphis Story Volume 3” on Ace/Kent-Soul CDKEND 339 (Barcode 029667233927) breaks down as follows (73:59 minutes):

1. If You Never See Me – WILLIE WALKER
2. I Won’t Have To Cry No More – WILLIAM BOLINGER
3. Saturday In The Park – THE JACKSONIANS
4. Hook, Line & Sinker – THE MINITS
5. How Can I Get Next To You (Alternate Vocal) – GEORGE JACKSON
6. I’m Your Slave – OTIS WHEAT
7. You’re Slipping Away – DAN GREER
8. I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know – THE JACKSONIANS
9. People Are Talking – WILLIAM BOLLINGER
10. Run Around – WILLIE WALKER
11. Love Letters – THE MINITS (1971 USA 7” single on Sounds Of Memphis 703, A)
12. Sparkle Eyes – THE JACKSONIANS (1973 USA 7” single on MGM 14640, A)
13. Always Treat Your Woman – ART JERRY MILLER
14. Chirpin’ – LOU ROBERTS
15. Take A Look At Yourself – DAN GREER
16. Love Trying To Come – GEORGE JACKSON
17. Love Is Blind – ERMA SHAW
18. Steppin’ Stone – LOUIS WILLIAMS
19. Lover Boy – THE MINITS (1972 USA 7” single on Sounds Of Memphis 706, A)
20. Guessing Game – JIMI HILL (1973 USA 7” single on Sounds Of Memphis 719, A)
21. Because Of You – TEKELIA KELLY
22. The Plumber – THE OVATIONS
[Notes: all tracks are STEREO except 2, 6, 9, 14 and 22 – which are MONO]

For a Kent-Soul release – the 12-page booklet feels strangely slight – even with great detail from number one Soul Man DEAN RUDLAND with reminiscences from Linda Lucchesi who ran the Studios in the Eighties. There’s a photo of the 3 ladies in The Minits, the 7-strong mancrew of The Jacksonians, an in-studio snap of Producers Bill Lucchesi, Tom James and Nick Paladina and a staged shot of little Jimi Hill smiling as he signs a recording contract (Dan Greer overseeing proceedings). The sound is uniformly brilliant – remastered by long-standing engineer DUNCAN COWELL – especially on the Stereo cuts.

As you can see from the track list above – only 4 of the 22 cuts were officially released as singles – the others are previously unreleased songs/versions from the vaults and tape boxes of the Sounds Of Memphis studios. And truthfully the quality count is shockingly high – it really is (track after track impresses).

It opens with two goodies "If You Never See Me Again" (Willie Walker giving it some Terence Trent D'Arby guttural vocals) and the softer "I Won't Have To Cry No More" which is a Northern Soul shuffle. It’s easy to see why “Saturday In The Park” stayed in the can – the instrumentation is excellent but the vocal is all over the place – flat and almost out of tune. Far better is the wicked Ike Turner guitar-groove of “Hook, Line & Sinker” where The Minits blast out a funky winner. Things take a proper Southern Soulful turn with the alternate take of George Jackson’s “How Can I Get Next To You?” – as lovely a tune as he ever put his stunningly emotional pipes to (superb Saxophone solo). It’s the first of two new cuts from him – the other is the awkwardly titled “Love Trying To Come” a slow groove with a good if not unconvincing vocal (both titles will be big draws for fans). Otis Wheat is new to me but he’s a sweet almost-talking voice and the love song “I’m Your Slave” is very good indeed.

A genuine blast is a cover version of Al Kooper’s Blood, Sweat & Tears masterpiece “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know” done to pleading Soul heartbreak perfection by The Jacksonians (named after Jackson in Mississippi) where lead vocalist Whitney Jebb, Jr. tears up a storm. As Rudland points out the vocal bears more than a passing resemblance to Donny Hathaway’s version of the song on his

William Bollinger hits those upbeat high notes on “People Are Talking” just like Jackie Wilson in his Sixties prime – a wicked inclusion and shocking it wasn’t issued as a single. “Chirpin’” by Lou Roberts isn’t great – better is the beautifully produced “Take A Look At Yourself” from Dan Greer where he urges his lady to “clean up her mess...” (what a guy!). We get a bit slap-bass funky on “Love Is Blind” where Erma Shaw seems vocally unsuitable to the tune – better is the sweetly string-laden “Lover Boy” by The Minits. Jimi Hill comes across as a young Michael Jackson circa The Jackson 5 (hardly great) but far better is the smooch of “Because Of You” by Tekelia Kelly (who’s pictured in the booklet in the studio with Bill Lucchesi). It ends on the lead singer of The Ovations telling us he’s ready to fix any lady’s plumbing – which you have to admit – is very generous of him...

So there you have it – a mixed bag of the great and the not-so-great. Thankfully the good stuff outweighs the filler. Well done to England’s Kent-Soul for getting this rich mine out of Soul material there...


Lou Adler ~ A Musical History
Lou Adler ~ A Musical History
Price: £11.99

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5.0 out of 5 stars “...Flowers In His Hair...” – LOU ADLER: A Musical History (2014 Ace Records CD Remasters), 28 Mar. 2015
25 tracks from the career of Producer, Songwriter and Ode/Dunhill Records founder LOU ADLER stretching from 1958 to 1974 – “A Musical History” is a brilliant and eclectic mix of styles, songs and genres that cleverly maps the emergence of the “California Sound” - including huge names like Sam Cooke, The Mama’s & The Papa’s and Carole King. Here's the Eve Of Destruction lowdown...

UK released February 2014 – “LOU ADLER: A Musical History” on Ace Records CDCHD 1384 (Barcode 029667057523) pans out as follows (71:40 minutes):

1. Wonderful World – SAM COOKE (1960 USA 7” single on Keen 82112, A)
2. Deana Baby – JOHNNY “GUITAR” WATSON (1958 USA 7” single on Keen 3-4023, A)
3. Bim Bam – SAM BUTERA & THE WITNESSES (1958 USA 7” single on Capitol F 4014, A)
4. Baby Talk – JAN & DEAN (1959 USA 7” single on Dore 522, A)
5. All Of My Life – SAM COOKE (1958 USA 7” single on Keen 3-2005, A)
6. Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight – THE UNTOUCHABLES (1960 USA 7” single on Madison M134, A)
7. Alley-Oop – DANTE & THE EVERGREENS (1960 USA 7” single on Madison M130, A)
8. Honolulu Lulu – JAN & DEAN (1963 USA 7” single on Liberty 55613, A)
9. Crying In The Rain – THE EVERLY BROTHERS (1961 USA 7” single on Warner Brothers 5250, A)
10. Eve Of Destruction – BARRY McGUIRE (1965 USA 7” single on Dunhill 45-D-4009, A)
11. Go Where You Wanna Go – THE MAMA’S & THE PAPA’S (1965 USA 7” single on Dunhill 45-D-4018, A)
12. California Dreamin’ - THE MAMA’S & THE PAPA’S (1965 USA 7” single on Dunhill 45-D-4018, A)
13. San Francisco “Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair” – SCOTT McKENZIE (1967 USA 7” single on Ode ZS7-103, A)
14. Stoney End – THE BLOSSOMS (1967 USA 7” single on Ode ZS7-106, B-side to “Wonderful”)
15. Wonderful – THE BLOSSOMS (1967 USA 7” single on Ode ZS7-106, A)
16. Snow Queen – THE CITY (1968 USA 7” single on Ode ZS7 113, A)
17. Wear You Love Like Heaven – PEGGY LIPTON (1970 USA 7” single on Ode OD-66001, A)
18. The Times They Are A-Changin’ – THE BROTHERS & SISTERS OF LOS ANGELES (1969 USA 7” single on Ode ZS7-123, A)
19. Oh No, Not My Baby – MERRY CLAYTON (1972 USA 7” single on Ode ODE-66030, A)
20. It’s Too Late – CAROLE KING (1971 USA 7” single on Ode ODE-66015, A)
21. It’s Going To Take Some Time – CAROLE KING (from her 1971 album “Music” on A&M/Ode Records SP 77013)
22. Gimme Shelter – MERRY CLAYTON (May 1970 USA 7” single on Ode ODE-66003, A)
23. I Got A Line On You – SPIRIT (1969 USA 7” single on Ode ZS7 115, A)
24. Earache My Eye – CHEECH & CHONG (1974 USA 7” single on Ode ODE-66102-S, A)
25. Sweet Transvestite – TIM CURRY & THE ORIGINAL ROXY CAST featuring Alice Bowie (1974 USA 7” single on Ode ODE-66103, A)
Notes: Tracks 1 to 7, 14, 15 and 17 are MONO – all others are STEREO

The 28-page booklet is properly gorgeous – affectionate and wonderfully informative liner notes by noted Music Writer MICK PATRICK. The artist-by-artist assessments are peppered with repros of almost every American 45 on labels like Madison, Ode, Keen, Dore, Liberty, Dunhill and more. There’s are US picture sleeves for The Everly Brothers, Jan & Dean, The Mama’s & The Papa’s and Peggy Lipton with In Studio black and whites publicity shots of Lou Adler with Jan and Dean and Herb Alpert, Billboard and Cashbox adverts, sheet music and so on... At 28-pages it really stretches out and looks the part. And once again NICK ROBBINS does a bang up job of remastering – each track sounding special in their own way.

It opens with Sam Cooke’s gorgeous “Wonderful World” –a three-way co-write with Cooke, Adler and his songwriting buddy Herb Alpert. Sam Butera & The Witnesses were pretty much the backing band for the wonderful Louis Prima and Keely Smith – so his best-loved R&B hit “Bim Bam” is a really welcome choice – complimenting the wicked same beat found on Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “Deana Baby” (a genius inclusion). I’ve never been a fan of the Surfing Jan & Dean sound and the vocal group take by The Untouchables of “Goodnight Sweetheart, Goodnight” just sounds out of place somehow.

By the time we get to Track 10 the whole “California Dreamin’” hippy vibe starts to kick in – a mixture of rage at War and Weapons proliferation (“Eve Of Destruction”) sat perfectly alongside the Sixties newfound joy for life (“San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair)"). The Blossoms featuring Darlene Love, Jean King and Fanita James do a girl-group cover of Laura Nyro’s “Stoney End” layering on the strings – the flipside to the melodrama of ‘Wonderful”. A truly fantastic discovery for many will be Carole King’s group The City (before she went solo) – the gorgeous melodies and layered vocals in “Snow Queen” are a genuine standout here.

Bizarre cover goes to Peggy Lipton for her version of Donovan’s “Wear Your Love Like Heaven” which segues into something more righteous and far better – the Gospel/Church cover of Dylan’s “The Times They Are A-Changin’” by The Brothers & Sisters Of Los Angeles fronted by Merry Clayton at her powerhouse best. Two tracks from her trio of albums on Ode provide genuine highlights – her tender take on the Maxine Brown classic “Oh No, Not My Baby” (written by Goffin & King) and her storming cover of the song that made Clayton famous – The Rolling Stones “Gimme Shelter”. Things then go stratospheric with King’s sublime “It’s Too Late” – a US Number 1 and a Grammy winner from her stunning “Tapestry” album of 1971 followed by a track from her “Music” album.

Wicked inclusion number 109 goes to Spirit’s “I Got A Line On You” - a sort of Blood, Sweat & Tears meets The Spencer Davis Group piece of fast-paced upbeat dancing Sixties pop (written by Randy California). Then quickly back to bizarre. It seems amazing now to think that the Frank Zappa Rock/Comedy Kiss excess that is Cheech & Chong’s pisstake on Rock stars “Earache My Eye” went Top 10 in 1974 with lyrics like “...as long as I can have my limo and orange hair...I’m so rich! Ha! Ha!” (lovely stuff). The compilation ends on the equally rocktastic and anarchic “Sweet Transvestite” – a Richard O’Brien boogie from “The Rocky Horror Show” which sounds like David Bowie meets Lou Reed - with both having fun about high-heeled boots and gender-bending.

So there you have it – Bubblegum Pop, Sweet Soul, Surfin’ Safari, Harry Hippy, Girl Group, Seventies Singer Songwriter, Comedy and Men Dressed Up As Women – Lou Adler produced them all - and from the sounds of this compilation - with real style (along with Herb Alpert he also penned tracks 1, 2, 3 and 5 and had a hand in 8). There’s so much to enjoy on here - even if you do own those overplayed Mama’s & Papa’s, Scott McKenzie and Carole King tracks. Dig in and enjoy - and Ace Records have done it again folks...another winner...


DUNCAN BROWNE(+bonus)(remaster)
DUNCAN BROWNE(+bonus)(remaster)
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Moonlight In My Heart..." - Duncan Browne by DUNCAN BROWNE (2002 EMI Expanded CD Remaster), 28 Mar. 2015
UK-born classically trained guitarist Duncan Browne started his musical career on Andrew Loog Oldham's Immediate label at the age of 21 with his debut album "Give Me Take You". It was released in July 1968 on Immediate IMPS 068 to favourable reviews, but public indifference - and is now a £400 vinyl LP rarity. There's an excellent Sequel label CD from 2000 that covers that LP, the 2 sides of the Bell label 7" single that followed it and a few studio outtakes thrown in as well. Well worth checking out after this.

However - this April 2002 CD on EMI reissues his 2nd studio album - the self-titled "Duncan Browne" from 1973 on RAK Records.

Here's a detailed breakdown (58:18 minutes):
1. Ragged Rain Life
2. Country Song
3. The Martlet
4. My Only Son
5. Babe Rainbow
6. Journey
7. Cast No Shadow
8. Over The Reef
9. My Old Friends
10. Last Time Around

Tracks 1 to 10 are the album "Duncan Browne" issued in February 1973 on Mickie Most's RAK Records label on SRKA 6754 in the UK (a gatefold sleeve).

11. In A Mist
(Track 11 is the non-album B-side to "Journey" - the 1st and only 7" single off the album issued in August 1972 on RAK Records RAK 135 (it reached 23 in the UK charts that month)

12. Send Me The Bill For Your Friendship
[Track 12 is a non-album A-side - a 7" single issued October 1973 on RAK Records RAK 162 with the album cut "My Only Son" as its B-side (it didn't chart)]

13. Guitar Piece
14. Mignon
[Tracks 13 and 14 are previously unreleased outtakes from the 1973 album sessions]

The band for the album were:
DUNCAN BROWNE - Spanish & Electric Guitars, Vocals, Piano on "Cast No Shadow"
JOHN "RABBIT" BUNDRICK - Piano, Organ, Synthesizers
JOHN CAMERON (of C.C.S.) - Various Keyboards and Piano on "Babe Rainbow"
JIM RODFORD - Bass Guitar on "Journey" and "Ragged Rain Life"
ROBERT HENRIT - Drums on "Journey" and "Ragged Rain Life"
(Rodford and Henrit were from ARGENT]

TONY CARR [drummer with CCS], SUZI QUATRO [Vocalist] and KEITH HODGE [ex THE ATTACK] are credited as "Also Appearing" on the LP, but the liner notes don't advise on which song. Browne wrote all songs and the album was produced by Mickie Most.

Remastered by PETER MEW at Abbey Road - this CD has beautiful sound quality - really clean - especially given the acoustic and quiet nature of almost all of the songs. It's also bolstered up with 4 relevant bonus tracks as you can see and has an informative 8-page booklet with liner notes by SEAN LYONS.

Stylistically - Nick Drake comes to mind (with a Prog twist in the song contructions). Not only was Browne ignored by the buying public - he was sent on tours supporting wildly uncomplimentary acts and on "In A Mist" he even makes guitar-mistakes like Drake did on the outtakes of "Joey". He had a quiet high voice and was meticulous in his crafting of songs. His specialist instrument was the Spanish Guitar - as evidenced on the truly fabulous "Journey" (lyrics above). "Journey" and its seven-minute non-album B-side were recorded first in 1972 and it emerged out of Most insisting on a "hit" - but the momentum of its top twenty placing was lost as the album didn't arrive until many months later - into early 1973. "Duncan Browne" has always been hard to find on LP and at £50 + is a gem worth seeking out - and one that is constantly escalating in price as people catch on to its soft Folk-Prog beauty.

Highlights would include his stark and lovely piano-melody "Cast No Shadow" while "Over The Reef" could easily have been the follow up single. And "My Only Son" (lyrics above) is gorgeous.

He enjoyed success in the late Seventies and early Eighties with the band METRO (their album was on Logo in the UK and Sire in the States - Bowie covered "Criminal World" off it on his 1983 "Let's Dance" album), and further solo projects, but he died relatively young in 1993 (cancer, aged 43). He has a dedicated and ardent fan following still.

At least this lovely but criminally forgotten Prog-Folk/Rock gem survives him. If you like Cat Stevens, Nick Drake, Bryn Haworth, Brian Protheroe, Donovan - that sort of Seventies ilk - you'll dig this. And a lovely job done by Peter Mew and EMI...
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One In A Million ~ The Songs Of Sam Dees
One In A Million ~ The Songs Of Sam Dees
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5.0 out of 5 stars "...Standing In The Wings..."¯ - One In A Million: The Songs Of Sam Dees (2014 Ace/Kent-Soul CD Remasters), 27 Mar. 2015
Totalling maybe a dozen singles across five or six American labels and one rare album in 1975 on Atlantic Records (“The Show Goes On”) – SAM DEES (born in Birmingham, Alabama) doesn’t have a massive Solo catalogue per say. But Dees is one of those hep cats (rather like Allen Toussaint) that write great songs made famous by other people – especially women. And that’s where this superlative CD compilation comes in.

Comprising of 22 cuts put down between 1971 and 1983 – “One In A Million” celebrates his prolific songwriting talent in style. And listening to this classy Ace Records CD compilation (on their much-loved Kent-Soul imprint) – its easy to hear why Dees is held in such respect and affection by both Producers in the industry and fans alike. Expertly and affectionately compiled/annotated by lifelong Soul Nutter Number 1 TONY ROUNCE – by the end of this generous listen (nearly 80 minutes playing time) you’re left with the same admiration he clearly feels for one of the many unsung heroes of the genre. Here are the Soulful spoils...

UK released March 2014 – “One In A Million: The Songs Of Sam Dees” on Ace Records/Kent-Soul CDKEND 411 (Barcode 029667241120) breaks down as follows (79:55 minutes):

1. My World – SAM DEES (1977 USA 7” single on Polydor PD 14455, A)
2. Stop This Merry-Go-Round – JOHN EDWARDS (1973 USA 7” single on Aware AW 035, A)
3. Girl Overboard – DOROTHY MOORE (1978 USA 7” single on Malaco 1052, B-side of “Special Occasion”)
4. You’re Love Is Like A Boomerang – COREY BLAKE (1975 USA 7” single on Capitol 4057, A)
5. A Woman’s Way – ROZETTA JOHNSON (1970 USA 7” single on Clintone CT-001, A)
6. Vanishing Love (UK Remix) – THE CHI-LITES (February 1977 UK 7” single on Mercury 6167 485, A)
7. Cry To Me – ESTHER PHILLIPS (1981 USA 7” single on Mercury 76103, A)
8. Standing In The Wings Of A Heartache – TED TAYLOR (from the USA album “Ted Taylor 1976” on Alarm LP 1000)
9. Just As Soon As The Feeling’s Over – JACKIE WILSON (from the 1975 US album “Nobody But You” on Brunswick BL 754212)
10. Changes – CLARENCE CARTER (from the 1970 album “Patches” on Atlantic SD 8267)
11. I Betcha Didn’t Know That – FREDERICK KNIGHT (1975 USA 7” single on Truth TRA-3216, A)
12. Run To Me – SIDNEY JOE QUALLS (1975 USA 7” single on Dakar DK 4546, A)
13. Mess On Your Hands – MILLIE JACKSON (2014 previously unreleased 3:07 mnutes edit of a track from her 1982 US album “Hard Times” on Spring SP-1-6737)
14. Good Guys Don’t Always Win – RAY CRUMLEY (1976 USA 7” single on Alarm 113, A)
15. So Your Love Finally Ran Out (For Me) – LES McCANN (from his 1979 US LP “Tall, Dark & Handsome” on A&M Records SP-4780)
16. The Show Must Go On – LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY (1975 USA 7” single on Aware AW 050, A)
17. What A Way To Put It – THE TEMPTATIONS (from the 1983 US LP “Surface Thrills” on Gordy 6032GL)
18. Spoiled By Your Love – ANITA WARD (1978 USA 7” single on Juana 3417, A)
19. Where Did We Go Wrong – L.T.D (1980 USA 7” single on A&M Records 2250-S, A)
20. Save The Overtime (For Me) – GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS (1983 USA 7” single on Columbia 03761, A)
21. Seconds Of Your Love – JOHNNIE TAYLOR (1983 USA 7” single on Beverly Glen Music BG 2016, A)
22. One In A Million You – LARRY GRAHAM (1980 USA 7” single on Warner Brothers 49221, A)
Notes: All tracks are STEREO except 1, 5, 15 and 19 - which are MONO

The 16-page booklet is the usual fact-filled, photo-strewn event – pictures of American and UK 45’s, album sleeves for Jackie Wilson, The Temptations, Les McCann and Loleatta Holloway as well as track-by-track info from the ever-brilliant TONY ROUNCE. The remasters from DUNCAN POWELL are beautifully realised – most quality Productions in the first place. It does dip a bit on the Mono mixes of say L.T.D – but overall this is a real pleasure to listen to for all the right reasons.

The emphasis is on love songs and ballads – and nine times out of ten – Dees will move and impress you. The beautiful “My World” was initially released 1977 on the tiny New London International label (1003) in the USA as “In My World”. And while Polydor liked the singing they thought the Production wasn’t up to snuff so they had Dees recut it with Tommy Couch at Malaco and that’s the version presented here (“Say Yeah” is the flipside – recut at the same sessions). The brilliant love groove of “Cry To Me” by Esther Phillips features an uncredited Sam Dees singing ‘improvised vocal lines between Esther’s lead’ and is a first time on Kent-Soul CD (superb transfer too). You’re then hit with the tortured beauty of “You’re Love Is Like A Boomerang” (a winner) - while the “you’ll cook his supper...but he’ll find complaints about something...” lyrics of “A Woman’s Way” feature a fantastic sassy and street-smart vocal by Roszetta Johnson (credited as Rozetta on the label).

After her full-on hardcore songs - Millie Jackson’s gut-wrenching vocals on the newly compiled edit of “Mess On Your Hands” comes as a shock – a hurting tune about (would you Adam and Eve it) a cheating man. It’s a clever compiler choice because it focuses on the song’s strengths and what people forget – her great voice. Another cool inclusion is Les McCann’s impassioned Teddy Pendergrass vocals on “So Your Love Finally Ran Out On Me” from his underrated “Tall, Dark & Handsome” album of 1979 which contains an impressive five Sam Dees songs (this track is first time on CD too). “Where Did We Go Wrong” by L.T. D (Love, Togetherness & Devotion) is a co-write with Jeffrey Osbourne. And on it goes to the full-on smooch of Larry Graham’s “One In A Million You” – a single that shifted just that in 1980 (a USA R&B Number 1).

I must admit that despite the obvious quality on offer here – by the time you get halfway through – you may feel that if you hear yet another set of lush strings – you may indeed want to kill someone instead of giving them a cuddle. But don’t let my cello phobia put you off – this is a class act through and through (Sam Dees’ talents are still in demand to this day).

Well done yet again to Kent-Soul for giving the man his dues...


Mercator Projected ~ Remastered with Bonus Tracks
Mercator Projected ~ Remastered with Bonus Tracks
Price: £14.19

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4.0 out of 5 stars “...The Conjuror Takes Off His Head...” – Mercator Projected by EAST OF EDEN (2008 Esoteric Recordings Expanded CD Remaster), 26 Mar. 2015
One look at the moustached members of East Of Eden dressed in Egyptian Headgear and Pharoah Robes on the rear sleeve of their debut album “Mercator Projected” is enough to make most people laugh out loud and/or cringe. But it was 1969 after all and they were on Deram Records – so nutjob-mysticism and far-out music was the order of the day.

But that doesn’t stop this amazing-sounding Esoteric Recordings CD remaster having some properly great straight up Progressive Rock on it from a band that many still remember with huge affection. And it comes with three superb bonus tracks that fans will love. Here are the Sphinx Flutes and Sumerian Saxophones (baby)...

UK released March 2008 – “Mercator Projected” by EAST OF EDEN is a CD remaster on Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2033 (Barcode 5013929713321) and breaks down as follows (69:54 minutes).

1. Northern Hemisphere
2. Isadora
3. Waterways
4. Centaur Woman
5. Bathers [Side 2]
6. Communion
7. Moth
8. In The Stable Of The Sphinx
Tracks 1 to 8 are their debut album “Mercator Projected” – released March 1969 in the UK on Deram DML 1038 (Mono) and SML 1038 (Stereo).

BONUS TRACKS:
9. Waterways (Demo)
10. In The Stable Of The Sphinx (July 1968 Demo – 11:10 minutes)
11. Eight Miles High (3 September 1969 recorded outtake – Byrds cover)

The 12-page booklet is features front and rear artwork for the original album (pictures the Mono and Stereo cut-out holes on the back cover) along with Deram Promotional photos and Biog Page, Concert Tickets and a rare flyer for the previous incarnation as “Picture Of Dorian Gray”. There are even cash sheets for the band listing how much they received for gigs in October 1969 and a further one for up to 25 April 1970 – it’s very, very well done. There aren’t liner notes per say – but all that pales into naught when you clap your ears on the PASCHAL BYRNE remaster from original tapes (done at Audio Archiving in the UK). This CD sounds amazing - making the dense flute, electric violin and saxophone playing seem somehow more open.

“Northern Hemisphere” opens with some jungle sounds and crickets but then goes into a great grungy Geoff Nicholson riff that’s quickly accompanied by the distinctive violin playing of Dave Arbus. “Isadora” continues the Egyptology vibe with Flutes and a dancing backbeat. Things go properly Prog with “Waterways” – an ethereal piece that stops, starts, lingers and builds into a clever guitar and drum battle – it’s probably closest to King Crimson circa “In The Court Of...” Side One ends with “Centaur Woman” – a seven-minute hybrid between “This Was” Jethro Tull and the first Curved Air LP.

Side Two opens with a Mellotron “Bathers” where we’re told there’s “witches on the beach” – I often find this when I go to Margate off-season. “Communion” opens like some “Lost In Space” episode with mad Sci-Fi sounds – then settles into a very East Of Eden violin Rock groove. “Moth” has swirling drums (great remaster transfer) and treated vocals and it all ends on the epic “In The Stable Of The Sphinx” – probably the best track on the album in terms of sheer musicality.

The Demo of “Waterways” isn’t as low-fi as I thought it might be (not album quality either) – but is very clean and for fans a bit of a find. The same applies to the very long Demo of “Sphinx” (11 minutes) where Arbus gets to stretch out on the bow. Paschal Byrne has remixed “Eight Miles High” from original 8-track tapes and it sounds superb – and a tailor-made tune for them to cover – all wild violins and those layered vocals (“stranger than ground”).

A musical million miles away from their cheeky-chappy "Jig-A-Jig" single of 1970 (that helped them chart) - "Mercator Projected" won’t be everyone’s idea of a musical sexpot – but those who remember the album and its inventive rhythms with affection will love this CD remaster. Well done to all at Esoteric Recordings for getting it and the 1970 follow-up “Snafu” out there...


The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
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5.0 out of 5 stars First Class Music For The Second Film... - The CD Soundtrack To "The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" by THOMAS NEWMAN, 26 Mar. 2015
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Thomas Newman's knack at taping into our deepest emotions via his gorgeous and emotive movie music stretches back to 1994 (and beyond) to his magisterial work on the mighty "Shawshank Redemption" - a film and soundtrack CD that still sends chills up my spine.

"The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" is a clever meeting of Eastern Rhythms meets Western Moodscapes - both musical cultures jostling alongside each other in lovely compliment. One moment it's all delicate keyboard fills and plucked harp strings - the next you're doing the neck jerk and donning a Sari for the Modern Indian Dance Funk of "Ye Ishq Hai" by Shreya Ghosha. The mixture of contemporary Indian pop with his short instrumental passages of mood and sway (28 tracks, 61:39 minutes) works beautifully. In fact I remember as I watched the film in the snazzy new Empire Cinema in E17 thinking how pretty the interlocking weave was - a properly lovely Soundtrack winner.

The booklet is an 8-page basic affair with Director John Madden quite rightly waxing lyrical about Newman's contribution to the whole upbeat mood of the film. There are credits, photos of the cast - the usual stuff. The audio is exemplary - beautifully recorded and produced - a genuine pleasure to listen to - which brings us back to the music. For instance Track 3 is called "Knees Then Names" - it's only shy of two minutes - yet Newman crams in more subtly and prettiness and emotive chords in those 180 seconds than most do in 10-minute passages. The 1:28 minutes of "Nimish & Abhilash" mixes his rhythms with Indian vocalists and the short result is hypnotically brilliant. And of course there's that fabulous multi-cultural feel to the whole shebang.

Another lovely listen from Thomas Newman - buy and enjoy...


She's Killing Me / A New Day
She's Killing Me / A New Day
Price: £12.35

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4.0 out of 5 stars "...Play Something Pretty..." - She's Killing Me/A New Day by JOHNNIE TAYLOR (2014 Soul Music Records CD Remaster), 26 Mar. 2015
Stax Soul man JOHNNIE TAYLOR got a commercial second wind when he signed to Columbia Records in the USA - promptly charting three albums in a row - "Eargasm" in 1976 (a Number 1 USA R&B LP), "Rated Extraordinaire" in 1977 (No. 6) and "Ever Ready" in 1978 (No. 35). This gorgeous-sounding CD reissue/remaster by SoulMusic Records of the UK (part of Cherry Red) deals with the next two Columbia platters dating from 1979 and 1980 (charted 53 and 75) lumped together onto one CD with a massively expanded booklet. Here are the track-by-track details...

UK released September 2014 - "She's Killing Me/A New Day" by JOHNNIE TAYLOR on SoulMusic Records SMCR 25124 (Barcode 5013929082434) pans out as follows (74:46 minutes):

1. Little Dancin' Queen
2. Play Something Pretty
3. (Ooh-Wee) She's Killing Me
4. The Users
5. Love Account
6. Pulling The Train
7. I Can't Leave You Alone
Tracks 1 to 7 are the album "She's Killing me" - released October 1979 in the USA on Columbia Records JC 36061

8. The Heart Break Kid
9. I'd Rather Hurt Myself
10. I've Got This Thing For Your Love
11. Signing Off With Love
12. Baby Lay Down
13. Sneakin' Sneakin'
14. I Wanna Get Into You
15. Sylvia
16. Baby Don't Hesitate
Tracks 8 to 16 are the album "A New Day" - released August 1980 in the USA on Columbia Records JC 36548

The 16-page booklet is far more substantial than I'd expected it to be - full album artwork - recording details - repros of the album labels and 45's around both records as well a superbly detailed set of liner notes by American Soul/Funk specialist MATT BRAUER. It looks great and shows a great attention to fan-pleasing details.

But the real fireworks lies in an ALAN WILSON remaster of two albums that were professionally produced. Ballads like "Play Something Pretty" and the conscience-prodding "Love Account" sound incredible - full of great vocals and instrumentation. Funkier Disco tunes like "Little Dancin' Queen" and the guitar flicking/brass pumping dancefloor filler "Pulling The Train" sound great - plenty of vim and vigour. By the time we get to album two - the same amazing Production values are brought to the talking funk of "The Heart Break Kid" and the smooch of "Signing Off With Love". We go slappy-bass with "Sneakin' Sneakin'" where some lady isn't quite being honest about her night time activities - ending on the slinky "Baby Don't Hesitate".

Great remaster, some cool tunes and a substantial booklet - a quality presentation overall by SoulMusic Records of the UK. Fans should dive in - especially given the quality upgrade in the audio...


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