"Micro mini soul" - 16 savage soulful songs from 1960-1973


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"Naughty Claudy wears a micro mini and black boots, it' a thingamajig..."

1. sixty minute man - lori zimmerman & the vegetable man

Female singer of the Canadian underground scene from the late 60s and early 70s. This is from 1973 on Pye.

9. you can't stand alone - wilson pickett

No introduction needed here. A major R&B-soul-funk star Pickett was born in Alabama 26 years earlier. Most of his songs are on numerous compilations, but this one I haven't seen yet on a compilation LP. Dig that cray organ break in the middle of this uptempo groover from 1967.

2. black boots - the outer limits

Heavy rock instrumental flipside to "Dark side of the moon", two years before the Pink Floyd album from 1973. This foursome hailed from Leeds and release only a couple of singles. My copy is the Belgian pressing from 1971.

10. gotta get away - major lance

A Curtis Mayfield song by Major Lance (his real name), then 26 years old, from Mississippi, who had some hits in the 60s like "Um, um, um, um" and "The monkey time", which gained him a huge following in the UK northern soul scene in the 70s. A 1965 Okey release.

3. dish rag pt1 - nat kendrick & the swans

The Swans included James Brown, King Coleman and Bobby Roach. In 1960 they recorded three 45s for Dade Records. This sleazy slop r&b tune is the rarest while everybody seems to know their "Do the mashed potatoes" . Both sides are fantastic.

11. dish rag pt2 - nat kendrick & the swans

Part two of the same sleaziness. James Brown wasn't allowed to record for another label, so he recorded this anonymously. I wonder when King Records found out about this.

4. it's all in your mind - soul searchers

Psychedelic soul funk from this Chuck Brown backing band. Recorded in 1972 for Sussex Records.

12. soul to the people - soul searchers

Uptempo boogaloo Hammond groove on the flipside with loads of bongo beatin'. Perfect for deejaying right after "Groovy kinda samba" of Janky Nilovic.

5. the jam pt2 - bobby gregg & his friends

R&B instrumental jive on Columbia from 1962. Great guitar pickin', wailin' sax and swirlin' organ sounds. I prefer Bobby Gregg in his Desert Sounds period. More soul, more groove, more of everything. Just listen to his "Theme from the other side" from 1966.

13. thingamajig - noble watts

Aka "Thin man" from Florida, prime sax honker from the R&B and jump blues scene, recorded his first single for Deluxe Records ("Mashing potatoes") in 1954 and for Baton until 1959. Then many labels were involved including this instrumental R&B stomper from 1968 on Brunswick, after which he disappeared for about a decade. See also vol 161.

6. bossman - deane hawley

One of my fave popcorn tunes from 1960. And not so difficult to find because the A-side is "Look for a star" which was featured in the movie "Circus of horrors", a Sidney Hayers movie with Donald Pleasance. A Dore release.

14. come see, come ska - the marketts

A 1964 ska instrumental by The Marketts, known for their "Out of limits" and "Batman theme". Ernie Freeman wrote this track for them. See also vol 171.

7. sunshine superman - willie bobo

In the world of boogaloo he is one of the big names. As Latin percussionist he recorded many albums in the 60s and 70s. Born William Corea in New York. He played with all the boogaloo stars: Mongo Santamaria, Cal Tjader, Chico Hamilton, This instrumental version of Donovan's "Sunshine superman" is a killer release on Verve Records in 1966.

15. i gotcha - joe tex

Joe "Tex" Arrington was born in Texas. In 1972 he left Atlantic Records and chose for Dial, this being his first release for this label. Here you can hear the early signs for his silly disco hit "Loose caboose" from 1978.

8. the micro mini - the harvey averne dozen

Another boogaloo killer tune, this time from 1968 by Harry Averne and his band. The ladies in the band singing backing vocals are the nice extra to the marimba sounds. An Atlantic release.

16. naughty claudy - r.d. hudman

Both sides written and produced by Joe South, "Yo-Yo" being the best, a fantastic northern soul stomper, but compiled earlier, and "Naughty Claudie", a mid-tempo soul tune. This was his first recorded output, in 1968 on A&M. Later he was known as R. B. Hudmon instead of Hudman. In the 80s he was still recording.