Magic Rose - Joe Bataan
Can I interest anyone in a wee bit of Latin Soul? The arrangement on this is brilliant; HUGE big brass that swoops in all up about you!
Take This Hurt Off Me - Don Covay
Jimi Hendrix is playing guitar on this one. It’s a great tune in all ways though.
Tobacco Road - Tommy Youngblood
From what I can gather this was only released on an LP by Kent called The Soul Of Tommy Youngblood (someone please correct me if I’m wrong) and it’s a wonderful bit of deep soul realism.
King Without A Throne - Sugar Simone
This is lovely bit of mid-paced soul.
Stand By Me - Little Eva
Friends! I’m sorry I’ve been so quiet these last couple of week. The Green Door is turning 5 years old on the 19th of April so I’ve been up to my eyes with prep (more about that later!) BUT, today I heard this wonderful marvellous records for the first time ever and couldn’t not share it with you all. It kind of boggles my mind that before about 4.30pm this afternoon my life was without this.
I hope you enjoy it!
Don’t Call Me Any More - Dee Dee Warwick
Dee Dee Warwick sure does know how to delivery some drama-laden soul. This was Dee Dee’s debut solo release from 1963, it was arranged by Gary Sherman and produced by Leiber and Stoller.
Can’t Let You Go - Sugar Pie Desanto
I love Sugar Pie Desanto a lot. I’m sure I’ve said it before. It’s worth saying more than once though.
I’m particularly enjoying the guitar sound on this 1961 release. The whole record has a sweet early soul sound without ever straying anywhere near sickly.
Bearcat (part 1) - Cecil Garrett & The Fascinations
Uh! This is some excellent blues driven soul released in ‘65 on Calla. It’s got that rattily percussion I love and some awesome brass. Nice piano too. And nice guitar. Nice every single little thing come to think of it….
Don’t Leave Me Now - Little Mack
This has a brilliant doomy, rolling rhythm and Little Mack is fair going some.
Willie Knows How - Willie West
Blistering guitar line and driving rhythm on this thing. Willie West’s vocal is really nice too.
Thunder In My Heart - Timmy Shaw
Holywhatnow?! This is a master class in brutal, doom-laden R&B. That drumming is inspired…
Hard Times - Lemme B. Good
Lovely slow grind with great wailing backing vocals.
Wondering (When My Love Is Coming Home) - The Drapels
The Drapels were the vocal group of Wendy Rene and her brother James Fry (born Mary Frierson and Johnny Frierson) along with their friends Marion Brittenum and Wilbur Mondie.
I Wish I Were That Girl - Wendy Rene
Good lord do I ever love this. No-one delivers quite like Wendy Rene delivers, she has that girlish sweet vocal range but she pelts every song out like despair is the one thing she’s ever felt. It sounds great.
This particular beauty was recorded at Stax studios in Memphis in the mid-60s but was never released (why?? )It came out for the first time in 2012 on a compilation CD put out by Light In The Attic.
What makes Wendy Rene extra brilliant is that she wrote almost everything she recorded, either by herself, with Steve Cropper or her brother who recorded under the name James Fry.