Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Ya'll, she's doin' it...


Anla was a Goldband subsidiary which I believe operated between 1971 and 1974. There are some folks who say it started earlier, but I don't know that anyone has any proof either way.

I'm tempted to say the label is the pot smoking, runaway little sister of the older, more traditional, Goldband, but the analogy doesn't really hold up. Still, there is a strong strain of weirdness running through the Anla discography that's hard to explain without using the words "swamp" and "drugs" in the same sentence.

I put some of that weirdness down to Bill Parker [William Parker Guidry] and Chester Randle, who appear to have been deeply involved in the label. Besides the five singles the pair collectively get credit for on Anla, I'm of the opinion they're playing on several others as well....something of which I've no proof beyond what my ears tell me is true.

Freddie Love? All I know about the man is that he had one other 45 issued on Anla. That's it. If anyone knows more, I'd love to hear about it.

Is it just me, or is the organ player on this tune actually trying to mimic the croaking of frogs?

Hope ya'll enjoy.....

2 comments:

  1. I'd never heard this before. Great song. Thank you!

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  2. ana, this is super! ribbit!

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