This a quick newsletter to bring you up to date with some super recent 45 releases. There have been a lot of new issues lately and we have been working hard to get them all in the racks and on the website so the newsletter has been in abeyance but we are back!
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Two cool swinging RnB sides. Recorded in Virginia in 1959, the Fool side is a definite rocker but really loose and easy with super vocals and dirty low-down sax. Flip also rocks along but someone needs to adjust the level on the bass.
The Watusi side is a great RnB dance craze shot that has all the ingredients of a hit even though it missed the charts on release in 1962. Great vocals from lead and backing, super sax and driving bass beat. It sounds like a party in the studio. Now with this being a 1962 45, the flip side hits right into the crossover genre that has been identified to describe these lovely numbers that cross the bridge from RnB into Soul.
Split artist 45 here that skirts two different genres and either one could be the top side so take your pick. Let’s go Good Lovin’ side first. This has a cajun feel, it is on a classic Louisiana label so no surprise there, but it is mixed in with a driving RnB beat. The tune is jet-propelled by brilliant sparse bass and super guitar under the vocalist’s lazy Louisiana, just behind-the-beat singing. The flip side has a garagey feel and again is not just a straight-ahead example of a genre. The tune has a great punchy organ and superb throbbing bass alongside a blue-eyed soul vocal. All around two great sides.
We call these sorts of records ‘semi-instrumentals’. There are some words and calls but no actual singing. A great record for going crazy to with wild sax, drums and guitar all rockin’ away. That is The Fat Man, we will leave you the opportunity to discover the flip for yourself.
Northern Soul Dancer with an absolutely fantastic vocal from Cookie on the top side and an intense killer mid-tempo ballad on the flip that just builds and builds.
Every Whicha Kinda Way is a lush RnB number from 1957 that has become a classic Popcorn number and fills dance floors everywhere. The flip is a wonderful ballad in the Jessie Belvin style. What more could you want really?
Repro’d for the first time this fantastic Four Star Custom press from 1957 is pretty much definitive Rockabilly. It has great hick vocals, with a little of the high lonesome sound, shuffling light drumming, subdued bass and a driving guitar. Absolutely brilliant. The flip is a country waltz number, not quite a weeper, not quite a honky tonker. It has lovely lyrics painting the sort of reality that only heartbreak country can capture.
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