This record grows on me with time. The trumpet part is totally sweet.
It's the last single issued on the Parlo label before the fall of the House of Cosimo. A shocking event at the time. Cosimo Matassa went bankrupt trying to keep up with the overwhelming demand for Neville's earlier record on Parlo, Tell It Like It Is.
With Matassa's studio closed, his pressing plant shuttered, and his distribution company, Dover, gone, it suddenly became very much harder to run a small label in the city and the music business in New Orleans was never the same
Matassa's assets were seized by the IRS, Parlo closed it doors, Neville never saw a dime from his hit record....
A very sad story, one in which it's hard to find a villain. After all, what was Matassa supposed to do? He had no major label backing and yet he's got orders for millions of records coming in. So, he keeps the presses running full blast, hoping that enough money comes back, soon enough, to cover costs.
In retrospect, perhaps it was a bad bet.....but ya know, those involved were in the business of making/selling records and they had a major hit on their hands...I tend to think there was no real choice.
Funny though, that a major label didn't try to step in after the record hit big....it's the one piece of this puzzle which doesn't make any sense at all.
Funny too that the record I'm offering today ever got pressed. It makes me think that up till the very end, it looked like everything might just work out....that is, until it didn't.
Anyway, it's cool tune...as far as I can tell it sank like a stone when it was released.