"Evil soul man" - 16 bad-assed soul-drenched rockin' tunes


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"I'm higher than high, a bad habit, evil temptation, where's the medicine man on this soultrain..."

1. soultrain pt2 - the ramrods

Straight to the dance floor, baby, with this funky instro monster on the small Rampage label. From 1972.

9. minnesota fats - johnny & the hurricanes

A creepy organ & sax grindin' instrumental, probably their second best ever (and no, their best is NOT "Red river rock"). It's from 1962.

2. lovely situation - jackie dorsey

Great 1968 soul stomper on Abc Records by the quite unknown Jackie Dorsey who had at least one other 45 on the same label in 1969. The flipside "Sweetheart baby" already reappeared on a compilation in 1999.

10. straight flush - the frantics

Originally known as The Four Frantics these Northwest guys cut this instrumental as their first release on Dolton in 1959. More great instrumentals would follow on that same label until 1966, the best being "Werewolf", which was the basis for The Cramps' "Don't eat stuff off the sidewalk". See also vol 191.

3. i'm so sorry - the del-cords

I found this on a split-single with The Dogs ("Soul step", which can be found on several comps). I have no idea what year it was recorded. Great unknown northern soul platter. They were also known as The Del Chords.

11. doin' the thing - jerry wilson

A strollin' instrumental with a leading role for the saxophone. From 1963 on the small Prann label that also gave us "I love the man" by Fontella Bass. The song was written by Ike Turner, so not the one by Horace Silver. But, as the instrumental flipside "Spilled tears" was also written by Turner AND both sides were produced by Ike and Tina, perhaps Jerry Wilson is an alias for Ike?

4. medicine man pt1 - buchanan brothers

Or Terry Cashman, Eugene Pistilli and Tommy West aka Thomas Picardo. It has that typical late 60s sound and it's not so bad after all. So why not part 2?

12. medicine man pt2 - buchanan brothers

Here's the flipside of their debut single from 1969. Both sides also appear on their sole album "Medicine man / Son of a lovin' man", also on Event Records. Most of the album tracks are available on singles.

5. evil temptation - iron butterfly

One of their hardest to find 45s and for me one of their best, "Evil temptation" is an uptempo fuzz instrumental from 1971. See also vols 157 and 181.

13. bad habit - dee brown

Uptempo funky soul tune by Dee Brown, recorded in Nashville, Tennessee in 1965.

6. the same thing that can make you laugh - ray charles

"The same thing that can make you laugh (can make you cry)" is an uptempo r&b soul tune from 1969. It also appeared on his album "Doing his thing". The organ break is fabulous.

14. sock it to 'em j.b. - rex garvin & the mighty cravers

OMG, this "part 2" is so much wilder than the plug side. One of the wildest soul-funk instro monsters ever and this is 1966! Rex Garvin started his musical career as a pianist in the late 50s and went from sleazy r&b to  top notch funk in the late 60s.

7. mama i gotta brand new thing - the undisputed truth

They went where The Temptations never tempted to go. So what if it is 1973 With a nod to their "Ball of confusion" and James Brown's "Papa got a brand new bag" they recorded this excellent soul funker for Tamla-Motown.

15. higher than high - the undisputed truth

Final year of this series of compilations is 1975. So the psychedelic funky power of "Higher than high"  fits this volume. In Europe they weren't as popular as, say, Earth Wind & Fire, and other funky 70s outfits.

8. gravy (for my mashed potatoes) - dee dee sharp

It's mashed potato time and the lady needs some gravy. Not a lady yet then, because she was only 17 years old when she recorded this in 1962. See also vol 175.

16. travelling shoes - (unknown)

Standard rock 'n' roll instrumental by a studio band, it seems. Still it's better than one would expect.