Today 08:38 AM

Various Artists "Spring NYC Soul" (Kent UK) 1/31/2020

New York label Spring, and its Event and Posse subsidiaries, were very active from 1967 up to the late 80s. They specialised in the city’s black music and tried most variations, including soul, gospel, disco, show tunes, funk, harmony and later electro and rap.

We have chosen the most soulful tracks that have so far not appeared on Kent CDs and have found six completed recordings that were previously unreleased. Two of these are ballads, one of which is Maxine Weldon’s stunning version of Ray Godfrey’s song ‘I’m The Other Half Of You’ and there is a new unknown, sweet soul song from one-time Tavares member Victor Tavares. Ray Godfrey features heavily with two unissued dance tracks - the Joe Simon-covered ‘I Love You More Than Anything’ and the previously unheard song ‘Hold On’. The Determinations’ opener ‘Save The Best For Me’ is another of his great songs, previously only on a rare LP. Other 70s dancers come from Ronnie Walker, Act I and the Joneses. More ballads are provided by Joe Simon, Leroy Randolph and, surprisingly, the Fatback Band. 60s uptempo soul comes from Prince Harold, Little Eva Harris and Richard Barbary.

The offerings of the Internationals, US and Vernon Brown are harder to categorise; quirky and worthy but in their own individual styles. The great songwriter Phillip Mitchell went funky on his “Jody” song ‘If We Get Caught (I Don’t Know You)’ as did Phil Flowers with his heavy guitar-infused ‘Kill The Monster’. Philly girls the Equations sing the poppy and catchy ‘Boiling Like Water’, Jackie Verdell gives us gospel in a modern soul setting and C-Brand take us into the 80s with their two-stepper ‘Plenty Of Love’. This is a catholic selection for lovers of soul through its most interesting eras.

1. Save The Best For Me - The Determinations
2. Do You Feel It - Act I
3. I Love You More Than Anything - Ray Godfrey
4. Since You've Been Gone - Garland Green
5. Magic's In The Air - Ronnie Walker
6. If You Could Turn Into Me - The Fatback Band
7. Your Time To Cry - Joe Simon
8. I'm The Other Half Of You - Maxine Weldon
9. Forever - Clare Bathé
10. The Storm Is Passing Over - Jackie Verdell
11. Plenty Of Love - C-Brand
12. Beauty (Is In The Eye Of The Beholder) - The Joneses
13. Hold On - Ray Godfrey
14. Kill The Monster - Flower Shoppe
15. If We Get Caught, I Don't Know You - Phillip Mitchell
16. If You Say You Love Me - US
17. Falling In Love - Victor Tavares
18. (I Have Fallen Into) The Tender Trap - Leroy Randolph
19. Boiling Like Water - The Equations
20. Sugar Plum (Give Me Some) - Little Eva Harris
21. Get Right - Richard Barbary
22. Daddy's Coming Home - Prince Harold
23. Of Your Life - Vernon Brown
24. I Ride Alone - The Internationals
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Today 06:35 AM

'Gritty' and 'Grungy' HDH productions

Maybe my adjectives, 'gritty' and 'grungy', are not the best, however, imo, most of HDH's productions had a certain type of polished sophistication about them. Four come to my mind; however, as being not so sophisticated but actually funky:

"Nowhere to Run"-Martha & the Vandellas
"Love is Like an Itching in My Heart-the Supremes
"Something About You"- Four Tops
"Road Runner"-Jr. Walker & the All Stars

Get my drift?

Are there others that come to your mind?
Yesterday 08:16 PM

Linda Ronstadt Confronts Mike Pompeo, Says He Should “Stop Enabling Donald Trump”

https://www.spin.com/2019/12/linda-ronstadt-confronts-mike-pompeo-stop-enabling-donald-trump-at-kennedy-honors-dinner/?fbclid=IwAR0w3KSG_jLQbIRlvUS52YstCROXR18YGB5i4BEd xMXMVZ9UKi5pIs1wyBI

Linda Ronstadt is set to receive one of this year’s Kennedy Center Honors, and in the hours before the ceremony Sunday night—which also airs on CBS on December 15— the vocalist had some strong words for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Ronstadt confronted Pompeo at a State Department reception for Kennedy Center Honorees on Saturday night, asking when he plans to “stop enabling Donald Trump,” as Variety reports.
Pompeo started the night with a pre-dinner welcoming address, where in an attempted homage to Ronstadt, he quoted her 1975 cover of the Everly Brothers’ “When Will I Be Loved.” “As I travel the world, I wonder when I will be loved,” he told the crowd.
After the dinner, Ronstadt approached the microphone to make her optional address, where she chided Pompeo for his support for the current sitting president. “I’d like to say to Mr. Pompeo, who wonders when he’ll be loved, it’s when he stops enabling Donald Trump,” she said, returning to her seat. Attendees reportedly gasped, applauded, and eventually cheered for Ronstadt following the remark.
The Kennedy Center Honors take place Sunday night at the building of their namesake in Washington, D.C. Ronstadt is one of a number of renowned entertainers set to receive awards that night including Sally Field, Earth, Wind, and Fire, conductor Michael Wilson Thomas, and the creators of the long-running TV show Sesame Street. President Donald Trump will reportedly not be in attendance, and also skipped the last two iterations of the annual ceremony.

12-11-2019 09:53 PM

Part K - Phil Spector - "56th Anniversary Of The Philles Christmas LP - Part 2"

Here are some much-improved photos of my Philles Christmas 45 Collection:

Original 1963 Philles Release:

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Yesterday 10:32 AM

Motown Promos etc....

Does anyone know why there are so many versions of promos issued for each single ...ie..normal white label promo with original Bside...white label promo with the same song on both sides mono and stereo in some cases...audition copy....red wax with the same song on both sides....one sided promo with a blank B side...and theres prob more i have missed...its always puzzled me.
Today 07:59 AM

If the Jackson 5 had recorded another Christmas album...

what song(s) would you have liked to see the boys cover had they done a second Christmas album?

I would have liked to hear them cover "Christmas Everyday" by The Miracles and something traditional like "Silent Night".


Ralph Terrana

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