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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Colwell-Winfield Blues Band -- How Blue Can You Get (live)


Now, I've read a few critiques concerning the album from which today's track has been taken. Some of the negative evaluations claim that the live recordings are vastly inferior to the group's studio recordings. They also claim that the new lineup was not as good as the original one. I couldn't agree less.
Although only two (I think) original members featured on the 1968 Cold Wind Blues album are present at this live recording, I can't say I like the 1971 lineup less. Colwell plays a cool blues on his guitar, and the vocals are as blues-y as they come. The other original group member, Chuck Purro, works the drums to my fullest satisfaction. Add to this the tangible live atmosphere -- and you end up with a fine record.
The album Live Bust was recorded at the Phoenix Coffee House in Boston which was closed down by the police after the performance. The announcement that "the  police has just closed the club" can be heard on the last track ...
The Colwell-Winfield Blues Band has opened for Led Zeppelin and the group was "most of the band that played on [Led Zeppelin's] Moondance."

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Billy Preston -- I'm Really Gonna Miss You

I'm not really the biggest Billy Preston fan, but some of his songs, I do love. One of these is today's pick. You'll find the track on his Ultimate Collection CD.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Joe Anderson -- You And I (long version)

Okay ... here comes another obscure artist with a great song. You And I  was released on Buddah Records in 1975. There is a long and a short version available. I only have the long version -- which is actually real nice to have since that song is simply great. And the longer I can listen the better ...

The Youtube version is the shorter one (3:13)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Brenton Wood -- Trouble

Let's jump start the new week with one of the "early masters" of the soul genre, Brenton Wood.  From his Baby You Got It album (Original Sound 2006).  Listening to the album quite often, this song has become a favorite of mine. The acoustic guitar gives this tune a tad of a Spanish aura. 

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Soultaker's Tresure Chest: Music To Spring Clean To

Posted By Soultaker

With Spring on the way and Winter looking to be a thing in the past, it's time to do some spring cleaning. What better way to do your spring cleaning than to listen to some good upbeat soul music while you do it.

1. If You Don’t Give A Doggone About It – James Brown – Polydor
2. Nobody Wants you When You’re Down and Out – Bobby Womack – United Artist
3. Get Your Love Back – The Three Degrees – Philadelphia International
4. Coming Back For More – T-Connection – Dash
5. C’mon Children – Earth, Wind and Fire – Warner Brothers
6. Never Coming Back Again – The Final Solution – Numero
7. Say You Will – Isley Brothers – T Neck
8. A Heavy Dude – Curtis Mayfield – Curtom
9. Window Raisin’ Granny – Gladys Knight and The Pips - Buddah


Thursday, March 24, 2011

Pinetop Perkins (video)

Emmeni brought this clip to my attention. It is def. worth watching. And the CD he and his illustrious friends have released should be on every blues fan's to-get-list. 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

George Smith -- Don't Find Me Guilty

Here's a man with as common a name as there could be: Smith, George Smith. But what a surprise it was hearing his absolutely uncommon voice. Unfortunately, I don't know anything (as I often do) about him or his career. All I can say is that the album from which the track is was released in 1984 for BoJo Records. I found it on one of my blog excursions a while ago, and I think George Smith deserves a little attention.
His rendition of Human -- my favorite Chuck Jackson song -- is extremely impressive.

PS: SENDING OUT AN SOS TO MARC! I know you'll find something about this artist ... 

Monday, March 21, 2011

Ernie Freeman -- Spring Fever / Dumplin's

Alright! Let spring begin ... The trees show first signs of fresh green, my new spring wardrobe is ready to roll, and it's hard for me not to go outside and dig in my yard. All that means that Spring Fever is wreaking its delicious havoc again. I feel exactly as the two tracks I picked for today's post sound.


 This is a great album. Get it!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Tyrone Taylor -- Hurt Me

Reggae on Sunday makes grey skies go away

Yeah, yeah ... I know. This is not very original, but I love Piece Of  My Heart in any way it happens to be played, copied or whatever else.


Friday, March 18, 2011

Al Green(e) -- A Lover's Hideaway

From his debut album Back Up Train (Hot Line Records, 1967) is today's choice, A Lover's Hideaway. The album is like crown jewel among the late 60's soul recordings in my opinion.  It is amazing to hear Al Green(e)  before he signed with Hi Records -- before his singing was defined by that Record label.
I also noticed that there are a few songs on this album where his voice clearly sounds like David Ruffin's in the high range. And it so amazing that at the "tender" age of 21 he already sounded like he did decades later.
I love this album, although learned critics claim the songs are formulaic and dismiss it as a compilation of luke warm soul songs. So what? I love such songs as A Lover's Hideaway and What's It All About. I do admit, however, that I never listen to music with my ears alone ...

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Gene King -- Never Walk Out On You

This is an example of a mighty fine horn section that makes a song quite special. The intro to Never Walk Out On You is simply stunning in my opinion.  

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

AudioBlog#22 -- Party Time


The Futures -- Party Time Man
George and Greer -- Good Times
Syl Johnson -- Goodie Good Times
Willie Hutch -- Party Down
Tami Lynn -- I'm Gonna Run Away From You
Ann Peebles -- It's Your Thing  (part 1)
Dennis Edwards -- Don't Look Any Further
Mighty Groove Makers -- Let's Dance Some Mo'
Joe Simon -- Get Down, Get Down


Monday, March 14, 2011

Enchantment -- Don't Fight The Feeling

Enchantment is best known for their mid-seventies hits Gloria and Sunshine which reached numbers 5 and 3 resp. on the U.S. R 'n B charts. Today's song is from their 1984 album Utopia,  and it made it to number 64 on the charts. In 1978, they scored a number 1 with It's You That I Need.
You'll find their albums here, and I would recommend checking out the Golden Classics CD. Utopia, in my opinion, is 80's through and through except for Don't Fight The Feeling.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

William Bell -- Get It While It's Hot

From the Stax-Volt Complete Soul Singles Vol. 3: 1972 -1975 (BoxSet) is today's pick. William Bell has played a major role in creating the Stax-Volt sound as a singer as well as songwriter. In the later 50's, before he began his work with Stax in 1961, he was a member of the Del Rios.
His warm and smooth tenor voice turned any song into a special delivery, and his son writing skills show, for example, in Chuck Jackson's hit Any Day Now which was co-written by William Bell. Any Day Now was issued by William first, though, after the success of his initial release You Don't Miss Your Water.
If you don't own any William Bell albums, I encourage you to check out his material.


Friday, March 11, 2011

Crown Heights Affair -- Strangers When We Meet

I am always surprised to hear that such sweet and romantic music as today's song actually has its roots in a cold and impersonal city as New York. Crown Heights Affair, an eight-men band, formed in Brooklyn in the early 70's. The group was quite popular in the UK in the 80's where they charted in the Top 50 several times. At home they were rather successful on the Dance charts with Dreaming A Dream reaching  #1  on the Hot Dance Club Play chart (which I've never heard of before) in 1975. The same song reached #43 on the Billboard Hot 100. 

For those of you who are into Disco/Dance, here's Dreaming A Dream and Foxy Lady live in 1977

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Johnny Adams -- I Owe You

Blues on Thursday  Blues on Thursday  Blues on Thursday

Room With A View Of The Blues, Rounder Records, 1990

This is an outstanding album in all aspects: first class musicians and the great Johnny Adams. Get this album! You will enjoy each and every note you hear. I got hooked right away. Being the guitar lover I am --  I was in guitar heaven when I first heard the intro to the song I'd like to share with you today. 


Duke Robillard (guitar); Bill "Foots" Samuel (alto, tenor & baritone saxophone); Alvin "Red" Tyler (tenor saxophone); Terry Tullos (trumpet, flugelhorn); Ernie Gautreau (valve trombone); Dr. John (keyboards), David Barard (bass); Herman Ernest III (drums).

Recorded at Southlake Recording Studio, Metairie, Louisiana in April & May 1987. Includes liner notes by John Morthland.

Personnel: Johnny Adams (vocals); Walter "Wolfman" Washington  (
CD Universe)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

The Four Mints -- You're My Desire

The Four Mints are from Columbus, Ohio where they recorded for Bill Moss’ Capsoul Records. You're My Desire was their first single, and it was written by their lead singer Ben "Pete" Caldwell. It should have been more successful in my opinion than it was. 
“Row My Boat,” their next release, would become their biggest success and was an audience favorite at the group's love performances. For a while, it looked as though they were on the right track to being successful because "Row Your Boat" resulted in their first and only LP in 1973 ("Gently Down Your Stream"). 
(Bill Moss reissued the LP on CD in 1995, as The Original Four Mints.) The group also began touring nationally. But when their third single, "Can't Get Strung Out," failed to even get off the ground, the Four Mints gave up their dream of a break through. 

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Alton Ellis -- Moment of Sadness

Let's put some Jamaican rhythm into this Tuesday with the godfather of Rocksteady! 

From his album  Love To Share, 1979