Speaking of hot weather. We're in San Antonio for a few days and it's like a 105 degrees out there, no shit.
I've had this record set to go for some time. Unfortunately, I can't find my notes on the band at the moment, but as I recall these guys were originally out of Arizona and somehow ended up in Colorado. They put out several nice singles and an album, but for my money there's really only one other single worth hunting up, "Biscuits and Buttermilk" on the Mo Soul label [I really really need to find that one].
Anyway....arguably one of the toughest funk tracks ever waxed. Not especially "deep", just hard as a rock.
"This is a excellent blog and you do a great job posting good music. That's why the stats are up!"
Thanks for making me smile, Rekkid, but unfortunately it's not true. The recent surge in traffic looks to be the product of a Blogger glitch.
On the up-side, it also looks like the low numbers I was getting the week before the surge were incorrect. As of today, traffic seems reassuringly normal. Referrals from Twilightzone! are showing once again. Even thumbnails of my label scans have reappeared on linked sites after having mysteriously disappeared awhile back.
All in all, I'm pleased. I happen to like my normal traffic numbers. Not too big, not too small....just right.
Is this a pseudonymous Eddie Bo record? Well, Martin Lawrie over at the Soul Generation site says no, that Sonny Jones and Eddie Bo simply sound quite a bit alike. Me? I'm not so sure about that. My ears tell me it's Eddie Bo if for no other reason than the phrasing of the vocals. And to be much more direct about it, I have to say that Sonny Jones sounds very very different. Listen to the records.
Anyway, it's definitely an Eddie Bo produced jam of a high order. One of his best.
Another 45 that plays well in hot weather...
[Oh crap. Dan Phillips posted a marvelous piece on "The Sissy" several hours before I offered up this post. It includes his rip of the same Sonny Jones 45. Ya'll should def check out what Dan has to say, here, 'cause he's totally the man.]
The month of June was looking to be this blog's worst month, stat-wise, in over nine months. But then, BAM!, literally overnight I'm getting many times my normal amount of traffic for absolutely no reason at all.
Every single day since Wednesday before last, this blog has had far more visitors than my previous best day ever. A couple of days ago, there were 100 page views in one hour. By comparison, I've had plenty of days with 100 page views, but never anything close to that kind of hourly traffic before.
Now comes the really strange part. Twilightzone! has long been a major source of traffic for this blog. Today I check the stats and I've got no referrals from Twilightzone! None. Nada, Zip. This has never ever happened before. In fact, it's an impossibility.
I've been meaning to post this one for a long time but never seem to get around to it. Shame on me for contributing to the general neglect shown Bobby Powell. The record itself almost always sells for around five bucks, but truthfully, I don't run into lots of copies. I was rather glad to find the one I have.
Some years ago, a nice comp of Powell's Jewel and Whit sides was released called "My Own Thing". I don't often play it these days as I now own all the 45s included, but it's an excellent collection, if you can find a copy.
A killer slow groove, perfect for a warm evening.....
This goes out to my beloved Nana [RIP] for letting me scratch up her records from the time I was barely out of diapers. There was copy of the album "Hate To See You Go" in her house that's now in my collection.
To my mind, this is a totally obvious record to play. I figure if you don't already own a collection of Little Walter then there must be something seriously wrong with you. On the other hand, going for the obvious in this context isn't necessarily a bad thing. After all, when was the last time you heard a worn out copy of the 45?
The song gives me chills every time I hear it. That's after literally hundreds of plays. Mostly it'sthe harp solo, truly one of the most amazing few seconds ever recorded.
With Jimmie Lee Robinson, the question is: Who didn't he play with? I won't bother going into it 'cause the info is easily found online, but the fact that he can be heard on a number of Little Walter recordings should be quite enough. As far as I'm concerned, that alone makes him a god.
Bandera, along with sister labels Laredo and Jericho Road, were run by Violet Musyznski and her son out of their house in Chicago. Ace has issued a couple of associated comps. I believe they're called something like "Bandera: Blues and Gospel" and "Bandera: Rockabilly and Country". I haven't heard either but assume they're worth hunting up. Certainly I like everything I've heard on vinyl.
Mainly known for his guitar playing, it's Robinson's voice that gets me on this one. The song is "All My Life".
I don't do memorials anymore. As the subheading on the blog says: our mother kills us, our father eats us,we are not in our casket, we are not in the cemetery.
Just in case the quote's not entirely obvious, I meant it as a metaphor for the situation of many lesser known artists. In short, the offended "bones" continue to sing even after death [literal and figurative]...don't they?
Anyway, this tune goes out to Benny Spellman. By all accounts, a good man.
[That's Mr. Spellman doing his well-known basso-profondo bit on this cut]
It's been a good long while since I offered up any Stacy Lane. I have no solid info on the man, but everything points to him being a Memphis based artist.
Hard to say if this record is scarcer than his "African Twist/I'm Out To Win You Over", but for my part I could've picked up five copies of that 45 while hunting up a single copy of this one.
Nice slow groove, a crawling piano line....and a truly whacked out guitar solo that gets my attention every time. Suits me so well I'm tempted to use it as the theme song for a radio show I've been offered. Only problem is the mention of "soulsville" in the lyrics.
Gas Head [or Gashead] was the pseudonym used by Bobby Boseman on his first two singles for the Houston based Paradise label. Sir Shambling has more info, here, along with several other great Boseman sides you can listen to.
While I agree with Shambling that this 45 represents a lesser effort by a truly great deep soul singer, I still think it's got a couple of very cool tunes on it. In fact, if Boseman had only ever made recordings of this caliber he'd still have my attention.
Yep, the b-side's good too. But something's wrong here. Either I misunderstand the Boseman discography on the Shambling site, or a mistake's been made in the list, or I own a record that's not supposed to exist. The b-side of my copy is "Slow Down Young Lovers", which if I understand correctly, was supposedly never released until it showed up on the P-Vine collection of the same name.
Anyway, I'm confused. My copy sure looks like a regular release, but then again, maybe it's a bootleg?