"Trouble In Paradise" - 16 soul, R&B and beat tunes about love from 1956-1967


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"When love isn't perfect, there's always trouble in paradise, unless when music like this is all around..."

1. why can't i be your man - the chessmen

Northern soul stomper by The Chessmen who also had released on Amy ("Stormy dreams"), Mercury, Don-Dee, Relic and their first one on AMC ("Mr. Cupid") in 1962. This was 1966. Of course this was a Chess release.

9. i'm so glad (i found love in you) - etta james

B-side of "I prefer you", one of her powerful sides. It's from 1966, when Jamesetta Hawkins was already a star in the world of r&b. Leading lady on the Chess label who was discovered by Johnny Otis about a decade earlier. See vol 197 for the A-side.

2. secret love - the brass ring

The Now Sound of The Brass Ring in 1966 was not so spectacular because bigger names were around, like Herb Alpert. New York based combo fronted by Phil Bodner with one of their first recordings for Dunhill in 1966. Three years later it was all over.

10. searching for love - the kingsmen

Amazing B-side of "Death of an angel" (see vol 159), a 1964 single on Wand. Also featured on the album "The Kingsmen volume 3" from 1965. These Portland guys were the kings of frat rock.

3. i go-fer you - the sims twins

The Sims Twins or the Simms Twins… same group. Probably their last recorded output, from 1966 on Omen Records. Their first was in 1961 on the Sar label, like most of their early stuff. Nice r&b ballad.

11. i still believe in you - sterling magee

Fast self-penned soul track on Tangerine Records in 1967, his second single on that label. See also vol 195.

4. deeper in love - j.j. barnes

Active since the late 50s this r&b singer had his first real hit in 1967. This soul tune is from 1966 on Ric-Tic Records. Even better is the flipside "Say it"; see vol 197.

12. i met a girl - the shadows

A vocal beat tune by these instrumental kings from 1965. They should have recorded more vocal tracks. See also vols 195 and 153.

5. trouble in paradise - the crests

This doo-wop group includes Johnny Maestro, although they sound like they ran away from the set of Happy Days. On vol 197 you'll find thebetter flipside. A 1960 Coed release.

13. lost my love today - the tikis

Three of these young garage rockers from Santa Cruz, California formed Harper's Bizarre a few years later. This garage pop tune is from 1966. Flipside on vol 195.

6. are you trying to get rid of me baby - the crystals (feat. la la brooks)

One of the rarest Crystals releases this 1966 United Artists soul tune features La La Brooks, who was with the band from 1962 till the end in 1966. See vol 197 for the flipside.

14. lost love - little joey & the flips

Fantastic doo-wop ballad, a bit eerie even, about a lost love. A 1962 release on Joy Records. See vol 199 for the flipside "Bongo stomp".

7. ain't gonna rest (till i get you) - the five stairsteps

Catchy melody and addictive groove on this 1967 soul-funk tune on Windy C, under production of Curtis Mayfield. See also vol 197.

15. seal it with a kiss - tim tam & the turn-ons

Their best known song is a surf instrumental, "Opelia" from 1965. This vocal pop song is from one year later. The group hailed from Allen Park, Michigan and existed from 1964 to 1967. See vol 199 for the flipside.

8. baby, i want you - the girls three

Excellent uptempo soul song by these three girls, named Jess, Dot and Me. A 1966 Chess release. See also vol 195 for the B-side.

16. morning noon and night - joe turner

Joe Turner was already 45 years old when he recorded this R&B scorcher. Pete Johnson is at the piano. A 1956 Atlantic release. See vol 197 for the flipside.