LOOK WHAT I HAVE FOUND vol 140
In The Trashcan
| 1. heartburn - johnny maestro & the crests
Johnny Mastrangelo and his vocal group The Crests
(and later with The Brooklyn Bridge) survived the 60s
and stopped in 1971 leaving us about a dozen singles
including this super soul song from 1966 on Parkway
Records, written by J. J. Jackson.
| 9. the slide - freddie scott
Freddie Scott is not Freddy Scott. Freddy is the
singer of "Same old beat", a 1966 Marlin release. This
Freddie recorded this B-side of "Hey, girl" in 1963 for
Colpix, a major hit, also written by Goffin-King.
| 2. ballade photo rouge - jacques loussier
Also available on his 1968 soundtrack album "Tu seras terriblement gentille". Musique concrète like Pierre Henry and Michel Colombier. At parties I always spin this together with Les Yper-Sounds' "Psyché rock". This EP is an Omega release.
| 10. i gotta dance - the
Richard Gottehrer (founder of Sire Records), Jerry Goldstein (founder of L.A. International Records) and Bob Feldman were The Strangeloves and also The Sheep (remember their "Twelve months later" that the Fuzztones turned into "Nine months later"?). "Night time" and "I want candy" were their biggest hits from 1965. This is from 1966, also on Bang Records. See also vol 172.
| 3. gorgeous linda - the lions
From a single taken from the soundtrack of "Deep throat" starring Linda Lovelace, who wasn't gorgeous at all. Or maybe it is simply a joke by The Lions: Gorge means throat in French, so "Gorge-us, Linda" is perhaps what the meant. Lion Warfield, the artist on the A-side, is actually Leon Ware. "Gorgeous Linda" was written in 1975 by Jean-Pierre Sabar who was active with Les Gamblers in the early 60s (remember Olivier Despax & Les Gamblers?).
| 11. and i do just what i
want - manchester play boys
Four covers on this EP. Right after "Woolly bully", you get James Brown's "Adn I do just what I want", a splendid beat version from 1965 on Barclay. Were they really from Manchester? See also vol 141.
| 4. sweet sweet tootie - lonnie youngblood
Lonnie "Youngblood" Thomas was a saxophonist from Georgia who even recorded an album with Jimi Hendrix in 1971. This soul song is from a year later. My personal faves are "African twist" and "Go go shoes".
| 12. wind it up - shorty long
Frederick "Shorty" Long, an excellent soul and R&B singer from Alabama wrote "Burnt toast and black coffee" in 1956. This one he wrote with Berry Gordy for his Soul label in 1964 when he moved to Detroit. A-side is the famous "Devil with the bue dress". Both sides are fantastic R&B soul tunes. Five years later he died, aged 29.
| 5. the beat goes on - young-holt unlimited
Instrumental jazz version of Sonny Bono's best known song. This was their first release. Until then they were known as Young-Holt Trio. A year later they had a smash hit with "Soul strut". A 1967 release on Brunswick. See vol 175 for the flipside.
| 13. hope we have - the
Highly danceable northern soul stomper from 1966 by this Chicago group, discovered by Major Lance in the late 50s.
| 6. if i were a carpenter - bob seger
Tim Hardin's classic in a 70s rock version by Bob Seger. His best period was with The Last Heard (see vol 156). Yet I like this cover version from 1972, mainly because of the heavy organ sounds. A Palladium release.
| 14. a man alone - john barry
We all know this name, that we forget that his real name was John Barry Prendergast. Of course you all know this instrumental tune from the 1965 movie "The Ipcress File" with an outstanding Michael Caine. This is the French EP on CBS.
| 7. tobacco road - the gamblers
These are The Gamblers without Billy Fury, featuring Matthew Fisher who also played keyboards for Screaming Lord Sutch, Peter Jay & The Jaywalkers and Procol Harum. A powerful rendition of the classic "Tobacco Road, John D. Loudermilk's best known composition, recorded a year after Nashville Teens' hit version. Only released in Germany on International Polydor in 1965.
| 15. but i was cool - oscar
This was his very first single and it also appears on his debut album "Sin & soul" from 1960 on Columbia. Super cool beat-jazz with the help of trumpeter Joe Wilder, who has been playing with all the jazz legends. Also in the popcorn noir genre is this a must-have.
| 8. ain't that terrible - the capitols
One of the coolest soul r&b threesomes from the mid-60s are here with a B-side "Ain't that terrible". Only one single would follow before they disbanded. Released on Karen Records in 1968 and also on Atlantic.
| 16. i can handle it - the
This single was issued between the releases of "Cool jerk" and "We've got a thing that's in the groove", all in 1966 on Karen Records. What a year! Fantastic soul stomper.