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Press Release: Robert Montgomery   Time Of The Day/Take Me High   SJ537

Release Date: Monday June 19th 2017

Robert Montgomery returns with his follow up release to his immensely popular SJ1007 45, “I Need You Girl” with two unissued cuts, the modern soul dancer ‘Time Of The Day” backed with “Take Me High” a more modern ‘boogie’ soul orientated song.

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Following on from the release of Robert’s solitary US 45 “I Need You Girl”, on the Crescent label during 1976. Robert spent a period of some 12 months touring with a group called Villaruz, that over, he decided to relocate to Atlanta G.A sometime during 1978.

Following an invitation to join a band he’d over heard rehearsing as their keyboard and organ player, Robert began a short tenure with the Michigan funk group “Ripple” who themselves had previously moved to Atlanta upon signing with GRC Records. Ripple recorded several hit singles for GRC including “I Don’t Know What It Is, But It Sure Is Funky”. Followed by the seminal album “Sons Of The Gods” for Salsoul Records in 1977, which featured their perennial disco/hustle classic “The Beat Goes On And On”.

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During a later period of reconstruction by Ripple’s band leader and percussionist Brian Sherrer, Robert using the musicians from Ripple embarked on a vanity project of his own to record four songs that he had composed. Although these songs remained unissued, two of them are now to be released on a Soul Junction 45. The modern soul dancer ‘Time Of The Day” backed with “Take Me High” a more modern ‘boogie’ soul orientated song (Catalogue number SJ537).

While a third track, the excellent ballad ‘Love Song About You’ will also be making it’s long awaited debut as part of the forthcoming “We Got A Sweet Thing Going On” Volume 3 compilation. These tracks were to be Robert’s last attempt at a performing career, by then being a married 28 year old, he decided to put more emphasis on his family life. In doing so he turned his back on a full time musical career and entered a new career in the insurance business where he worked as an insurance agent for the next 30 years.

Robert for many years remained oblivious to the interest in his melodic piano driven Crescent 45 outing “I Need You Girl” within the European modern soul fraternity. Now with Soul Junctions intervention Robert now has three highly collectable 45 releases to his name.

For further information please contact Soul Junction at:

Tel: +44 (0) 121 602 8115 or E-mail: sales@souljunction.co.uk

Or buy direct from the website: http://www.souljunctionrecords.co.uk/SJ537.html


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Group members left–Right: Leonard Deans, Tony McFarland, Bruce Fauntleroy, Alan Williams and Tony (Talent) Anderson.

Soul Junction favourites The Coalitions return with a brand new recording done in conjunction with Soul Junction. Their album “Colour Me Blue” is a firm favourite with Soul music lovers with tracks picked up b Djs and dancers alike.  Here we see a brand new recording backed with one of the favourites from the 2013 album release.

Press Release: The Coalitions (a.k.a Rheel Menn)   “Nothin’ Left 2 Do/Didn’t We Almost Make It”   SJ535                                           

Release Date: Monday October 17th 2016

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The Coalitions (also known as The Rheel Menn) return with a brand new song entitled “Nothin’ Left 2 Do” a song recorded and produced in collaboration with Soul Junction Records during 2015 under the auspices of some of the City of Brotherly Loves finest musicians.  We begin with the songwriters Lavern Bynum, Bruce Fauntleroy and Leroy ‘Shu-Baby’ Shuller.  With the songs recording and mixes have been expertly done by producer, Craig White at Sound Doctor Productions LLC. Craig was the former studio manager at the world renowned Gamble & Huff studios. The mastering was done by Peter Humphrey’s at Masterwork Recording (USA).

2016 finally sees the initial release of “Nothin’ Left 2 Do” a song of forlorn hope for a former lost love, that’s oozes class from the opening horn riffs executed beautifully by Henri McMillians UGO Horn Section.  But despite the songs sad lyrics the overall mood of the track is very pleasantly uplifting. The line up on this song features Philadelphians Leonard Deans, Tony McFarland, Bruce Fauntleroy (the songs co-producer), Alan Williams and Tony Anderson (a.k.a Tony Talent) who’s vocal ability is a throwback to the days of when nearly every street corner in many major US cites would resonate to a all male group harmony sound.

A sound that these five gentlemen still regularly perform as a latter version of one of Philly’s finest harmony outfits ‘The Intrigues’ in the 360 Lounge of The Parx Casino.

The b-side of this single features the now familiar “Didn’t We Almost Make It” a previously unissued 1979 recording that gaine its initial release as the opening track on the Coalition’s previous unissued album project “Colour Me Blue” (SJLP 5006) released during  November of 2013. Although the whole of this acclaimed album received extensive airplay it was the opening song “Didn’t We Almost Make It” that really caught DJ’s and radio listeners imagination and prompted callers to beg the question as to whether we (Soul Junction) would ever consider releasing it as a 45 vinyl single, a call that we hope has now been answered. A slightly earlier and different line up recorded this song Tony Anderson (Talent), Alan Williams, Bruce Fauntleroy, Milton Williams and Stephen Ferguson being the performers responsible.

Group members left–Right: Leonard Deans, Tony McFarland, Bruce Fauntleroy, Alan Williams and Tony (Talent) Anderson.

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For further information please contact Soul Junction at:

Tel: +44 (0)121 602 8115 or E-mail: sales@souljunctionrecords.co.uk

or Purchase direct form the site at http://www.souljunctionrecords.co.uk/SJ535.html

Big Lee Dowell: He Can Do No Wrong

Posted: September 22, 2016 in Uncategorized

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In May of 2016 Alberto Zanini…otherwise better known as Alberto “Folpower” Zanini, was digging in the States for records not just for personal use but maybe unearth something he could release on he relatively new label, “Cannonball Records”. I have to say the label has in my opinion one of the best looking labels around, anyway I digress! Towards the end of his trip he was in Michigan and stopping with Brad Hales. The idea was to help Brad move stock into his new premises and to listen to some unissued masters and acetates.

After several hours listening and several beers and just before retiring to bed the needle was dropped on one final acetate. Alberto describes it as being “90bpm of heartfelt poetry”. The disc was clearly recorded as a demo, very sparse with just the light subtle piano backing of which you could only hear the higher notes but the “deep tone and the vibrato of the vocals” as Alberto puts it were out of this world.

The acetate was credited to Big Lee Dowell who after some research was revealed to be actually Lee Dowell Frazier. Buffalo born Dowell was signed to Epic records and brought to New York to record two tracks, both produced by G. Denby, “Don’t Make Me Mad” and “Black Belt”, both of which went in the soundtrack of what has been probably the first movie about gangs and social youth problems. We are speaking of 1966 and Teenage Gang Debs took to the big screen for the first time the problems of the youth living in the tenements of Brooklyn and in all America’s big cities and depicts the lives and loves of a young generation trying to survive the brutality of gang life.

What happened next to Big Lee as he was professionally known is a mystery and he totally disappeared until this New York labeled acetate was discovered in Detroit.

Alberto loved the track so much he decided to release it on his own Cannonball label, it would be the labels fourth release. Alberto only had basically the vocals so a whole new musical structure was laid down. Alberto took the track to Maxin Moston, a regular on the stages of Broadway and it was he who laid down the strings, two different lines of Violin and a line of Viola. The other instruments we all laid down by the Cannonball Collective, Max Gallesi (Steinway, Wurlitzer and Rhodes), Alex Class on Bass and Guitar and Max Po on Drums and Percussion.

Alberto even bought a late 70s full analogue mixing desk in an attempt to create the authenticity of the time, an authenticity the Cannonball crew have essentially nailed because nothing I have heard would have been out of place in the 70s, amazing work and dedication to the cause.

Needless to say the 45 upon release became one of the anthems of the summer on the Northern and Rare Soul Scene, “Feel-good music at its finest” it was described by one of Alberto’s closest friends.. The press, limited to 500 sold out extremely quickly and demand saw the price rise into three figures as demand from Djs and collectors rose. The 45 has seen extensive play on radio shows and at venues all around Europe.

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To satisfy the demand created by the track Alberto decided to release a twelve inch take.

The initial take was extended to just over seven minutes, a new piano backing was added and double congas. Just like the 45, the vocal is then followed by the Steinway instrumental. The beat for the instrumental was dropped from 115bpm to 110 making it a more leisurely listen, the arrangement of this I really do like.

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The flip side see’s two remixes, one from Steve Cobby and one from Alberto. These are aimed more at the dance market rather than the Northern/Rare Soul Scene in an attempt to widen the appeal of the track. None of the instruments are produced via a computer, all the work is with proper instruments, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer and Gibson Les Paul all complimenting the stunning vocals of Big Lee.

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September the 26th is the date for the release of the twelve and it is likely to sell very quickly with 200 or so advanced orders so do not delay, get your order in now. As I mentioned earlier Big Lee was the fourth release and all four have sold out, pretty impressive for a small independent label.

To reserve your copy contact Alberto at cannonballsoul@gmail.com

Price is £20 + PP depending on number of copies and destination.

Side A track 1 Extended Version:

https://youtu.be/Z3cSBrCvC30

Side A track 2 Steinway Instrumental:

https://youtu.be/PW26NOmpaIg

Side B track 1 Cobbymix:

https://youtu.be/YqA3EWpUox0

Side B track 2 Sons of Dancefloor mix:

https://youtu.be/i1GtD9iCp5Q

 


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The Chairmen Of The Board can trace its roots back to The Showmen, a group founded by “General” Norman Johnson in Norfolk, Virginia. The group are best remembered for “It Will Stand” and gave us other tracks such as “The Wrong Girl”, “Take It Baby” & “Our Love Will Grow” which although none where big hits in their native United States they found some success on the UK Northern Soul dance scene.

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Holland, Dozier and Holland having left Motown formed their own label Invictus and in turn formed The Chairmen Of The Board and recruited the post Showman General Johnson along with Eddie Curtis, Danny Woods (Correc-Tone and Smash) and Harrison Kennedy. The group went on to score major hits for the Invictus label, memorable tracks such as “Give Me Just A little More Time”, “Everything’s Tuesday” & “You Got Me Dangling On A String”.

However all things come to an end and the original line up of Johnson, Curtis, Woods and Kennedy went their separate ways, some recording solo material and writing for others.

However come the mid to late ‘70s Johnson reformed the group along with Danny Woods and it is this incarnation that we are interested in. Danny Woods whilst looking for talent to make up the group was in a bar in Detroit where Ken Knox and his band were performing and the two immediately hit it off and Ken Knox became a member of Chairman Of The Board. The band was then initially made of the Funkadelics who were on a hiatus from George Clinton and Parliament. Members included Bernie Worrell on keys, Eddie Hazel on guitar, Tiki Fulwood on drums, Billy Nelson on bass, Ron Bykowski on rhythm guitar, Mckinley Jackson of the Politicians on trombone, Roland Christian on trumpet and Ken himself on saxophone.

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Ken Knox was born in 1954 in Charleston, West Virginia, one of nine children, six girls and three boys. His family would leave like many others from the South for Detroit when he was three months old.

Ken grew up surrounded by music, his friends singing on street corners, Motown, Junior Walker, King Curtis and Boots Randolph early influences but one major influence would be his brother Leonard who played saxophone. Another influence was his sister Betty Martin who was in a gospel group with Kim Weston. When he was 11 or 12 years of age he would pick up the sax himself and he eventually taught himself to play. This led to Knox forming his own group and performing in clubs and bars around Detroit and subsequently the meeting with Woods in 1973 which finished up with Ken and his group dancing on the bar with Woods.

Upon Invictus closing its doors the Chairman of the Board relocated to North Carolina for the Beach Scene and set up Surfside Records. The group would have a regional hit with Carolina Girl that was number one for 11 weeks. Ken would feature on vocals, saxophone, and drums. Ken would also be the Associate Producer in the studio.

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The group would perform regularly around the Carolinas becoming firm favourites and eventually earning a place inn the North and South Carolina Music Halls of Fame. Johnson died in 2010 from lung cancer. Ken and the other members continued to tour for a couple more years before retiring the name “Chairman Of The Board” and Ken now tours as Ken Knox and Company, KCO, with former members Thomas Hunter, Brandon Stevens and The Executives, Jerry Dee Washington, Jerry Midas Hardison, Jerome Joseph, John June Townes, John Page III, Doug McVey & Doug Burns.

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KCO continued to write and record as well as tour extensively, keeping alive the music of the Chairmen Of The Board whilst also promoting new material to packed clubs around the South East and this Autumn in the UK as the Chairmen Of The Board.  They topped the Beach Charts with “You” in 2011.  2012 saw another regional hit with “Carolina Shuffle” and in 2015 the Group landed a # 5 record on the UK Soul Charts with ” Reach Out 2 Me” on DSG Music written by Thomas Hunter and Ken Knox, Produced by famed Producer Nigel Lowis.  2017, will offer a new CD Project with songs from the Steals Brothers , writers of the a Spinners Classic “Could it be I’m Fallin’ in Love” , Nigel Lowis, McKinley Jackson , Thomas Hunter and Ken Knox.

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Ken Knox and the Chairmen of the Board forthcoming UK tour:

Goldsoul are pleased to announce 70’s Hitmakers CHAIRMEN of the BOARD featuring Ken Knox & Company are coming to the UK to perform 6 shows(September 16-25th). 
A legendary Soul group created by the late General Johnson, started out life as The Showmen( It Will Stand, Wrong Girl, ‘Our Love Will Grow’)in the early 60’s before signing to Holland- Dozier- Holland’s Invictus label in 1970. The relationship delivered some of the best hit dancers of the era with Give Me Just A Little More Time, You Got Me Dangling On A String, Everything’s Tuesday, Pay To The Piper, Working On A Building of Love, I’m On My Way To A Better Place, Elmo James and many more plus New material from Ken Knox such as ‘Reach Out 2 Me’

A full live band accompany this great act. Limited availability!

To book, choose your venue then contact the relevant box office to purchase.

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Forthcoming UK Tour dates:

Friday, September 16th Chateau Impney, Droitwich Spa, Worcs

07976351377 or contact the venue. Tickets £15



Saturday 17th Whitby Pavilion (Whitby Motown Weekender), North Yorkshire.

Tel 01947-458899 www.goldsoul.co.uk / www.whitbypavilion.co.uk   Weekend event £25



Sunday 18th Mansfield Palace Theatre.

Tel 01623-633133 www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre   

Priority front row and similar £17.50 or £15 other



Friday 23rd Northampton, The Picturedrome, Kettering Road.

Tel 01604-230777 Tickets £15



Saturday 24th King George’s Hall, Northgate, Blackburn

Tel: 0844-8471664
www.kinggeorgeshall.com   Tickets from £10.



Sunday 25th Rolls Royce, Moor Lane, Derby.


Tel 01332-248319/248027
www.goldsoul.co.uk Tickets £15

For show times and booking info contact the venues individually unless stated.

 


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Real Gone Music have been releasing the complete Atlantic, Atco and related label material recordings for various artists these past few years. Linda Jones, Carl Hall, Patti Labelle, Bettye Swann, The Sweet Inspirations, Jackie Moore and Dee Dee Warwick just some of artists featured so far.

It is the latter, Dee Dee Warwick that we are interested in here.  Her compilation from 2014 feature no less than 12 previously unreleased songs.  One of those 12 “You Tore My Wall Down” has been the most talked about and has caused a stir after receiving extended airplay via several radio shows.  A superb up-tempo dancer, it makes you wonder why such material is left in the can and would probably still be there if it wasn’t for dedicated enthusiasts determined to unearth everything possible.  “You Tore My Wall Down” was crying out for a 45 release and was demanded by some radio jocks.  Thankfully Soul Junction stepped in and licenced the track for their next release, a a welcome release it most certainly is.  It’s already featured at some venues due to advanced copies with plenty of inquisitive collectors immediately wanting a copy of their own.  The flip, an early 70’s mover is equally worthy of turntable action. This is one release destined to sell out so get your copy quick.

Press Release: Dee Dee Warwick   “You Tore My Wall Down/Can’t It Wait Until Tomorrow”   SJ533

Release Date:  Monday November 2nd 2015

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Dee Dee Warwick was born Delia Mae Warrick on September 25th 1945, in East Orange, New Jersey.

Dee Dee came from a very prominent family in the gospel community. Her father was the former director of gospel promotions at Chess Records, while her mother was the manager of the family gospel ensemble ‘The Drinkard Singers. Dee Dee  began her musical career singing alongside her elder and more famous sister Dionne Warwick within ‘The Drinkard Sisters’ who were led by their Aunt Emily “Cissy” Houston (the mother of the late Whitney Houston). Dee Dee and Dionne later formed their own gospel group ‘The Gospelaires’ who also entered the field of secular music singing backing vocals for many of the hit acts of the late 50’s and early 60’s where she gained a reputation as consistent and well respected session singer.

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This was to change in 1963 when Dee Dee signed as a solo performer with the iconic songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller who were instrumental in all her first three solo outings the original and much covered “Your No Good b/w Don’t Call Me Anymore” (Jubilee 5459). She also followed her sister’s lead by changing her surname from Warrick to Warwick. Dee Dee’s next release was the Van McCoy penned “Standing By b/w Don’t Think My Baby’s Coming Back” (Tiger 103) and “I Who Have Nothing At All b/w I Can’t Go Back” (Hurd 79). Dee Dee also sang with her aunt Cissy Houston as part of Allison Gaye & The Burners on their 1964 gospel outing “Darling/Burn” for the tiny Royo label.

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Dee Dee then signed for the major Mercury label, where she scored a 1965 pop hit with “I Want To Be With You” which first appeared on Mercury’s subsidiary Blue Rock label. Under the supervision of esteemed New Jersey producer Ed Townsend, Dee Dee was to record several other excellent sides such as “We’re Doing Fine”, “Gotta Get A Hold Of Myself”, “Worth Every Tear I Cry” (although only an album track in the USA it did gain a 45 release in the UK) before being promoted to the main Mercury label.

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Mercury released their first album on Dee Dee under the title of “I Want To Be With You/I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” an amalgamation of two of Dee Dee’s biggest hits. With Dee Dee’s original version of “I’m Gonna Make Me Love Me” later being covered by Madeline Bell and as a duet between Motown heavyweights The Supremes and The Temptations. In 1969 Dee Dee recorded the first of her two Grammy nominations “Foolish Fool” which was to become the title track of her second Mercury album. It was from this album that a further two tracks “When Love Slips Away” and “Where Is That Rainbow” would later find favour within the UK Crossover/Modern Soul Scene.

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Other Dee Dee Warwick Mercury releases of note are the excellent up tempo cover version of the American folk/rock group The Mamas And Papas #1 hit “Monday Monday” along with “Don’t You Give Up On Me” with both songs being of interest to Northern Soul devotees.

During 1970, Dee Dee was persuaded by Atlantic records Jerry Wexler to join their subsidiary Atco label. Wexler first placed Dee Dee with her former mentor Ed Townsend with whom she recorded a four song session that Atco decided to leave in the can. Further recording sessions in Miami with the Dixie Flyers and The Sweet Inspirations were followed by later sessions at Muscle Shoals and the Pac-Three Studios in Detroit. Although a highly prolific time for Dee Dee recording wise, only one album “Turning Around” (Atco 33-337) and five 45 singles were released. Although Dee Dee’s first single “She Didn’t Know (She Kept On Talking) b/w Make Love To Me” (Atco 45-6754) did become a top 10 R&B hit and gained her the second Grammy nomination of her career. Her other Atco singles, “I’m Only Human”, “Cold Night In Georgia” “Everybody’s Got To Believe In Somebody” (previously recorded by Sam and Dave) and “Suspicious Minds” (a cover of Elvis Presley’s 1970 RCA #1 pop hit) would only achieve varying modest chart positions and subsequently her career stalled.

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After leaving Atco in 1972 Dee Dee’s next release came in 1975 when she recorded  the R&B hit “Get Out OF My Life”  under the name change of Dede Warwick for Private Stock Records which featured the excellent “Funny How We Change Places” on the flipside again a popular song with the UK Modern Soul fraternity. A second Private Stock single “This Time May Be The Last Time” again backed with “Funny How we Change Places” was later picked Up By RCA Records.

Recording wise Dee Dee was dormant until the release of her “Dee Dee” album for Heritage Sound Recordings in 1983, followed by her “Call Me” album for the Sutra label a year later.

Dee Dee had struggled with a drug addiction for many years and was in failing health when she sadly passed away on October 18th 2008, in a nursing home in Essex County, New Jersey. Her legacy was a plethora of great music that was loved and appreciated by a worldwide audience, even though she never achieved the same level of notoriety as her more famous sister Dionne. Although Dionne did later claim that Dee Dee was the real singer in their family.

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In 2014 The American Real Gone Music label released a double cd album entitled “Dee Dee Warwick, “The Complete Atco Recordings” featuring the entire 35 tracks (many previously unreleased) that she cut during her time with Atco. It is from this cd that we have licensed the Ed Townsend composition “You Tore My Wall Down” backed with the equally as good Ashford and Simpson penned “Can’t Wait Until Tomorrow” for the initial vinyl debut on a 45 single.

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For further information please contact Soul Junction at:

Tel: +44 (0)121 602 8115or E-mail: sales@souljunctionrecords.co.uk

Thanks to Mark Hopes for help with scans.


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Bob Shad was veteran of the music industry having worked for majors as well as independent record labels, recording many Jazz, Blues and R&B greats along the ways. It was a natural progression to put all his experience, knowledge and contacts into his own labels and out of this was born Shad, Time and then Brent. Mainstream was to follow a few years later.

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It is these labels that the latest offering from Kent highlights and it is a very welcome addition to the Kent label. Covering the years 1961 to 1967 the CD features many tracks that at the time of recording remained unreleased until this releases, some gems that have graced many turntables of collectors and DJ’s alike in particular the UK’s Rare/Northern Soul scene and some that have remained under the radar of many.

Although the label was based in New York it was far from a New York label with Shad using his vast amount of contacts and experience to persuade artists to record for him from all over the US. Artists from The West Coast, Florida and Detroit laying down some great soul, pop even rock for Shad. Up-tempo, mid-tempo, Big City beat ballads, R&B shouters, stompers, all styles and genres.

The CD kicks of with a rarity, a great piece of soul from Dave Crawford that has never been seen or heard until now (certainly not by the vast majority of collectors) as the demo features “Millionaire” on both sides. The unheard flip, ‘Praying For The Rain To Come’ is a masterpiece, a great impassioned soul vocal with a fantastic female backing that at times practically takes lead and indeed is featured just as much vocally as Crawford himself. The flip ‘Millionaire’ is also featured on the compilation. It is probably just as well known, especially by UK collectors for the version by Chuck Jackson that remained unreleased until Kent came by it in the late 80’s although it also saw versions by other artists as well. Crawford also reworked ‘Millionaire’ for a mid 70’s release. Crawford went on to fame as a writer and producer and in particular Candi Staton’s ‘Young Hearts Run Free’. Unfortunately the fortune was to elude him and I did read he sold his rights to his work for what would appear a pittance considering the airplay ‘Young Hearts’ alone receives.

The great June Jackson provides some West Coast magic with the previously unreleased ‘Port Of Happiness’. The tapes listed this as The Jackaels but it is clearly Jackson on lead on this early 60’s recording. It is a track if it had seen the light of day would I’m sure have graced many a turntable at many a club and I do hope Kent see fit to include this as a Kent Select release in the future, possibly with Dave Crawford’s opener alongside it?

Jeannie Trevor gives us two tracks from 1965, both previously unreleased. ‘You Did It For Me’ the first time I heard it reminded me for some reason as Ady Croasdell’s “Gerri Grainger” acetate that has become a 100 Club classic, Jeannie Trevor wouldn’t have been out of place at the hallowed venue either, nor would many of the tracks featured on this excellent compilation.

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Florida group The Moovers are well known to collectors and DJ’s alike. ’One Little Dance’ saw turntable action in the UK during the mid 80’s. Released twice initially on Deep City it was picked up and re-released by Shad a year later. It’s flip, the ballad ‘I Love You Baby’ is a great slice of soul, the better of the two sides for me. Also from Florida and recruited by Shad is a white R&B singer Linda Lyndell with two tracks, one a super up-tempo R&B dancer and the other a reworking of a Betty Lavette recording. Lewis And Clark, probably better known for his Tigertown recordings that received extensive plays on the UK Northern Soul Scene gives us ‘I Need You Baby’. A track that seems ideal for today’s rare soul scene.

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Linda Lyndell (Courtesy of Ace/Kent Records).

Another that became a Northern Soul favourite is the Lovells with Here Comes The Heartaches, an up-tempo poppy dancer the group also recorded as Faith Hoppe and Charity.

Big City Soul is provided by Clyde Wilson. ‘Go To Him’ isn’t out of place alongside other Big City Soul singers such as Chuck Jackson, Lou Johnson. Wilson does have a history in the business as both a label owner or co-owner and penned songs for the like s of Billy Byrd.

Phoenix, Arizona’s Ronnie White (Ronnie Whitehead). Gives us two records the fantastic deep ballad ‘Begging’You’ and the up-tempo ‘Got To Give You Up’.

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Detroit gives us two tracks provided by the Correc-Tone label, Laura Johnson with ‘Wondering If You Miss Me’ and one that has seen plenty of action in the UK and is highly collectable, Marva Josie with ‘Later For You, Baby’.

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Hailing from Los Angeles Carl Lester and The Showstoppers is the earliest recording on the compilation, an up-tempo R&B shouter. The group apparently went onto become the Rivingtons.

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Brenton Wood gives us the ballad ‘I Want Love’ and the mid-tempo mover ‘Cross The Bridge’. The latter I remember hearing on tapes and in the odd club back in the 80’s. Also from L.A. was Clarence Hill and he gives us the superb ‘A Lot Of Lovin’ Goin’ Round’. Issued on the Mainstream label it was a tape swappers fave back in the mid 80’s Stafford era in the UK but later made it to the turntables and is now a highly in-demand and popular 45.

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Two tracks that I have had on repeat is the previously unreleased Bell Sound Studio recording form Marvell Harrell ‘Don’t You play With My Heart’. As Ady states in the sleeve notes a blatant copy of ‘Don’t Play That Song’ from Ben E King. There is something though from this unknown artist that has struck a chord with me and one that I could see gaining plays in certain clubs in the UK. Veteran recording artist Varetta Dillard gives us ‘Fly By Night’, credited to Veretta and the Thomases. A 45 that does appear to have some appeal in the UK and it’s not hard to see why upon listening.

The compilation is brought to a close by Bertha Tillman with a previously unknown and unreleased ballad ‘Someone (Who Needs You Like I Do)’.

Although the Brent label has been known about and collected for decades this compilation has become one of my favourite Kent releases of late and has had many repeat plays. It has everything for the collectors, tracks under the radar, some well known recordings and of course the unissued, what more can you ask for.

Compiled by Ady Croasdell, it is as usual accompanied with extensive notes again compiled by Ady giving the history (in most cases) of the songs and the artists. You get an excellent 16-page booklet with various scans of the labels, press releases and tape boxes as well as some great photos of some of the artists.

It is one compilation I highly recommend.

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  1. Praying For The Rain To Come – Dave Crawford
  2. Port Of Happiness – June Jackson & The Jackaels
  3. You Did It Before Aka You Did It For Me – Jeannie Trevor
  4. I Pray That Things Will Change – Julius Wright
  5. One Little Dance – The Moovers
  6. I Want To Love – Brenton Wood
  7. I Love You Baby – The Moovers
  8. Begging You – Ronnie White
  9. Go To Him – Clyde Wilson
  10. Later For You, Baby – Marva Josie
  11. Wondering If You Still Miss Me – Laura Johnson
  12. Don’t You Know That I Believe – Carl Lester & The Show Stoppers
  13. I Need You, Baby – Lewis Clark
  14. Pretty Boy – Linda Lyndell
  15. Here Comes The Heartaches – The Lovells
  16. Millionaire – Dave Crawford
  17. A Lot Of Lovin’ Goin’ Round – Clarence Hill
  18. Cross The Bridge – Brenton Wood
  19. Tinklin Bells – Jeannie Trevor
  20. My Man-He s A Loving Man – Linda Lyndell
  21. Got To Give You Up – Ronnie White
  22. Don’t Play With My Heart – Marvel Hurrell
  23. Fly By Night – Varetta & The Thomases
  24. Someone (Who Needs You Like I Do) – Bertha Tillman

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Karl ‘Chalky’ White (September 2014)

Just A Little Misunderstanding

Posted: September 7, 2014 in Uncategorized

The Contours

When Ace/Kent delved into the world of Motown a few years ago they filled a void that Motown itself seemed reluctant to fill. That is some of the acts who weren’t necessarily considered Motown Royalty and especially the material left in the vaults. Even though these acts still had many a jewel in Motown’s crown with some stellar material either released or not. Acts such as Brenda Holloway, The Elgins, The Monitors, The Satintones, The Spinners, Shorty Long, Motown’s first Superstar Mary Wells, Eddie Holland and in the case of this review the Contours with two releases.

Contours

The Contours story is basically a tale of two halves. The first half of the story is covered with the first CD release “Dance With The Contours”. A title taken from planned album that never materialised due to unrest with the management, threatened strikes and the sacking of members and a new line up.

The original line up, Joe Billingslea and Billy Gordon the founders, Billy Hoggs, Hubert Johnson, Sylvester Potts and Huey Davis struck gold with “Do You Love Me”. Originally planned for the Temptations who failed to show for the recording session. It was after no further success materialized that the group were unhappy with Berry Gordy and Motown they were going to confront Gordy who having heard of this sacked all but Gordon.

This is where the latest release from Kent takes over, “Just A Little Misunderstanding”. Representing the ,material recorded by the group between 1965-1968. The “new” group was formed, in addition to Gordon, Alvin English, Jerry Green & Council Gray were added. English soon went with Sylvester Potts returning to replace him. Hits soon followed, “Can You Jerk Like Me” and “First I Look At The Purse”. Billy Gordon was soon in trouble with the law and replaced by Joe Stubbs but not before the group had laid down Baby Hit And Run. Previously unreleased but saw the light of day in the UK on a MFP LP (with Dennis Edwards lead dubbed in) and became a huge dance floor favourite on the UK Northern Soul scene.

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Stubbs only managed one single with the group the brilliant “Just A Little Misunderstanding”, again a big favourite with UK soul fans a staple play of many a Soul and Motown night.

This is the point where Dennis Edwards came into the group and again just one 45 was managed before the group went into meltdown. “It’s So Hard Being A Loser”.

“Just A Little Misunderstanding” manages to showcase all three leads and gives us a glimpse of what could have been with better promotion and not so much upheaval. Dancers such as the title track “Just A Little Misunderstanding”, “Baby Hit and Run” (Jerry Green lead vocal), “First I Look At The Purse”, tracks better known from recording s laid down by other Motown acts, “Ain’t That Peculiar” “Come See About Me” “I’ll Turn To Stone” and “What Becomes Of A Broken Hearted” amongst others unreleased gems such as “I Can’t Help Loving You Baby” (Joe Stubbs on lead vocal),  “I’m Here Now That You Need Me” featuring  the lead vocal of Dennis Edwards and “Sometimes I Have To Cry” with Jerry Green taking the lead. All in all a dozen unreleased tracks featuring the group and Dennis Edwards solo cuts including one of my favourites “Can’t Do Without Your Love” an unreleased gem that I was given some years ago and featured in my DJ sets around the country.

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 As well as the music there is as you would expect from Ace/Kent an extensive booklet with photographs, label scans and extensive notes from the renowned Motown collector and historian Keith Hughes. And just in case you didn’t know of the site Keith is involved in it is well worth checking out for all your Motown recordings queries, “Don’t Forget The Motor City

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  1. Just A Little Misunderstanding
  2. First I Look At The Purse
  3. It’s Growing
  4. Baby Hit And Run
  5. It’s So Hard Being A Loser
  6. Determination
  7. A Weak Spot In My Heart
  8. Girl Come On In
  9. I Can’t Help Loving You Baby
  10. Your Love Grows More Precious Everyday
  11. I’m Here Now That You Need Me
  12. What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted
  13. Sunny
  14. Keep On Tryin’ (Till You Find Love)
  15. Ain’t That Peculiar
  16. Can’t Do Without Your Love
  17. I Like Everything About You
  18. What’s So Good About Goodbye
  19. Which Way To My Baby
  20. I’ll Turn To Stone
  21. Need Your Lovin’ (Want You Back)
  22. Our Last Rendezvous
  23. Sometimes I Have To Cry
  24. I Grow Deeper In Love Every Day
  25. Come See About Me
  26. When A Man Loves A Woman

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