December 31, 2010
December 12, 2010
It's been a long time since I've found any good 45s at the Alemany flea market in San Francisco...Usually it's the same old stuff.
Always liked Barbara Lynn's Jamie 45s, but I was not familiar with this. Not rare, but I got lucky with this great mid-tempo funky 45.
" There's a he for every she...There's a sister for every mister...You're my love bone when all the hope is gone..."
The label looks like it was sitting in water for a time, but I cleaned the vinyl carefully and the stereo side plays great! Guessing the layer of dirt protected it until I cleaned it. The best .25 cents I've spent in a while.
November 19, 2010
Northern soul fans are familiar with 'I'll Be Loving You', a popular side by the late 60s soul group, 'Soul Brothers Six.'
Until recently, I had not flipped it over to listen to the other side in quite a long time. The flip side of their same Atlantic 45 is a mid tempo, drum heavy, group soul driver that is definitely worth a second listen...
The Armstrong brothers formed in Rochester, New York and started recording around 1965. They were eventually signed to Atlantic Records in 1967 recording as the 'Soul Brothers Six'. Released as a 45 the same year, 'Some Kind Of Wonderful' charted in the top 100 that year.
Seven years later, hard rock group 'Grand Funk Railroad' who in the early 1970s were one of hard rock's most successful bands, covered the 'Soul Brothers Six' hit.
The fact that they named themselves 'Grand Funk' I've always felt was a bit of a stretch for hardcore soul fans, but their cover of 'Some Kind Of Wonderful' hit the top five in 1974.
Both versions of the song are excellent.
November 11, 2010
September 15, 2010
Not a 45, but a song from the 1974 Jamaican LP, 'Play Me Sweet And Nice' by Marcia Griffiths.
This song has been covered and recorded about a hundred times by everyone in all genres of music. Most know Roberta Flack's 1972 version, but I've always loved this version by Marcia Griffiths.
Surprisingly 'The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face' was written originally in the style of a folk song in 1957 by British folk singer/songwriter Ewan MacColl.
August 25, 2010
August 13, 2010
August 12, 2010
August 3, 2010
Bread ~ The Guitar Man... 1972
Mac Davis ~ Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me... 1972
Andy Kim ~ Rock Me Gently... 1974
Steely Dan ~ Do It Again... 1972
Ozark Mountain Daredevils ~ Jackie Blue... 1974
Carole King ~ Jazzman... 1974
The Guess Who ~ Clap For The Wolfman... 1974
Blue Swede ~ Hooked On A Feeling... 1974
Bread ~ It Don't Matter To Me... 1970
Dan Fogelberg ~ Part Of The Plan... 1974
Starbuck ~ Moonlight Feels Right... 1975
England Dan & John Ford Coley ~ Nights Are Forever Without You... 1976
Gary Wright ~ Love Is Alive... 1975
The Doobie Brothers ~ Losin' End... 1976
Pablo Cruise ~ Whatcha Gonna Do... 1977
Glen Campbell ~ Sunflower... 1977
Elton John ~ Someone Saved My Life Tonight... 1975