Thursday, January 8, 2009

Jan. 8th

Well...I hope everyone's holiday was pleasant. Mine was cool, fairly mellow. Santa brought me an Arhoolie shirt and a Stax shirt, which was pretty dope of him. I'm gearing up for the big Mardi Gras show late next month, so keep posted because I think I'm gonna do a special, in depth Brass Band post just before it. Here are a few 45s (some new and others that have come back around) that I have been feeling...



Bobby Powell -
I'm Gonna Leave You

Here's one I've had for a while and it tends to fall in the cracks. I recently found it again, and it is back in my play box. I think I'll do a Bobby Powell tribute, just as soon as I find the one last record that will complete the Whit run for me.




The Volumes -
Come Back Into My Heart

Similar story with this one. I recently rediscovered this 45 and it's back on my list of favorites. The vocals remind me of early Gino Washington, and as I'm pretty sure I've stated before, anything that sounds like Gino is good with me. The Volumes also have a couple other 45s that are as equally top notch.




James Brown -

At some point in digging, most reach a point where you feel like you've seen every James Brown record ever made. I recently found this one and was stumped. I didn't recognize the title at all, which threw me for a loop. It's very early and primitive, which is the best part of it. Either they had not yet perfected the super-tight band sound, or they were already solid and purposefully chose to sound slightly "off". Either way, I can dig it.



The Electras -
Ten Steps to Love

Here's another recent discovery. I don't know much of the band or the label. I'm always a sucker for the catching-the-ghost, gospel-style stomper. Add a little bit of soul clap and it can't be beat.

7 comments:

ana-b said...

Thanks! love the Bobby Powell...

i've never heard of the James Brown either...any idea of the year?...

ana..

second line social said...

i'm pretty sure its early 60's. if i had to guess, maybe 63 or so.

Brian Marshall said...

I checked the listing for James Brown in my Goldmine 45 guide and it lists the year for "Dancin' Little Thing" as 1964.

The Commoner said...

Thanks. I love the Bobby Powell too, but the track is only 14 second long. I've tried downloading it multiple times, but it doesn't change. Any chance you could re-check the track?

Your music is always fantastic. Thank you So much!!!!

second line social said...

i played it and downloaded it and got the whole song both times. not really sure what it could be that is making it not do the whole thing for you.

ana-b said...

i just realized i have another version of I'm Gonna Leave You, also by Bobby Powell, but sung as a duet with Jackie Jackson...

it's very good also, comes with my recommendation..

ana...

The Commoner said...

Second Liner --

Thanks for checking on the Bobby Powell track. Now it's working right.

Amazing stuff, as usual.