One of the finest slabs of funk to ever come out of New Orleans. This side's wrapped so tight that, in my opinion, they should have given Warren Lee credit for 'chaotic influence' rather than singing.
In Jeff Hannusch's book, "The Soul Of New Orleans", Lee say's how he thinks local DJ Larry McKinley sat on the record....how it took money to get a record played on the radio in those days. Need I say that it went nowhere commercially?
So, what ya got here is the Meters layin' it down, thick as mud, with Allen Toussaint at the board doin' his best to keep his shoes clean.
I'm sure I've seen a Ray Agee discography around, but can't seem to find it at the moment. Anyway, the man had a long career, recorded quite a few singles, most of them for small labels.
This is probably the easiest to find of the lot...luckily it's also one of his best. I keep running into info saying the record was released on the Sahara label, but I'm almost certain that's just a typical All Music Guide screw-up that's been repeated/copied by seemingly dozens of sites.
There's a comp of Agee's deep blues sides available on CD. It's called "Black Night Is Gone". Unfortunately, there is no collection I'm aware of that covers his more upbeat R&B related output of the late 50's, early 60's.
I'd like to dedicate this one to New Orleans' own crate digging turntable queen...DJ Soul Sister. [that's her picture above]
Saturday night's the 6th anniversary of her Hustle! party upstairs at Mimi's [more commonly known as 'the bar']. She's also getting close to celebrating 16 years of doing her rare groove/disco/jazz/funk thing on WWOZ [8-10pm CST every Saturday night].
Ya know, for one young girl, one utterly fascinated by the record stacks in her grandmother's house, Soul Sister, herself, was nothing short of a revelation in the late 90's. Just imagine, a girl throwing down vinyl! And very cool vinyl at that.
If nothing else, she helped ease the feeling that I'm some sort of freak-of-nature for loving records the way I do.
Yeah, for that alone, she deserves my respect and gratitude. I figure the music education is free.
Took me awhile to get my hands on this one [at the right price]. Too bad that at 1:47 it's far too short. I mean really, doncha think it would have been fairly easy to add another minute to this track?
Anyway, it's an interesting 45, made more so by the credits. Ya'll do know who Sterling McGee [or Magee] is, right?
Singin' Sammy Ward was one of the early, more typically R&B styled, artists on Motown. He also put out some very interesting singles as Singing Sam on a couple of obscure Chicago labels. Other than that, I don't know much about him except that I like everything I've heard.
Ya know, when I start using the phrase "pretentious idiot" in comments on the blog, even when it's not directed at anyone in particular, even when it's meant as a joke of sorts....then it's time for me to step back and take a look at myself. In this case, I think the best answer is to pull out a pin, and burst my own little bubble of pretension. What's fair is fair.
What can I say? I'm very opinionated. I've got a major league mouth on me. I try to be good. It's unfortunate that I don't always succeed.
Anyway, this the most pretentious record I own. There's no reason to own it other than it's a trophy of sorts. Ya see, I could sell it and buy two copies of the more common Capitol pressing.
That said, it's great record, I love owning it...but do I really need an original pressing? Nope.