LOOK WHAT I HAVE FOUND - The Grooves Collection 1
16 grooviest tunes extracted from 12 of the first 54 volumes

sample of the sleeve

In The Trashcan Records       GARBAGE-X2
"Soulful grooves on 45 rpm grooves pressed on 7" vinyl: that is what I call discotheque junk; not the 12" remix of a remix of a remix or an mp3-sampler computer to get the right beat mix. Listen to these warm sounds and take of your jacket and get up your dancing feet..."

1. The Packers: Pure soul
From volume 34 "Night owl"
This is pure soul indeed! A super discotheque dancefloor filling instrumental tune on a Belgian label. I save this 45 from destruction; don't mind the poor state of the label: the grooves are perfect, so it is perfect for me to spin at parties everywhere.
9. Little Eva Harris: Get ready - uptight
From volume 40 "Boss lovin'"
Mix “Get ready” and “Uptight” without turning it into a boring medley; it’s not as easy as you might think, but Eva did a great job as did the producer Harold Thomas who also wrote the b-side “Mr. Everything”. This is a dancefloor filler.

2. Mitch Ryder: I'd rather go to jail
From volume 40 "Boss lovin'"
I’ve never seen this on a compilation, but I’m sure such a comp must exist. This is too good and the singer is too well known. Ever heard the version by The Raunch Hands on Crypt in 1989? To me this is Mister Detroit Wheels’ best recording ever. The producer was the legendary Bob Crewe.

10. Cold Blood: I'm a good woman
From volume 51 "Shake your mini"
This is a northern soul classic, but not this version which I prefer above any other version. It’s wilder and at parties nobody seems to know it. Forget the b-side “I wish I knew how it would feel to be free” and enjoy this heavier version by this wild soul sister. In the US this was released on the San Francisco label. At least 7 albums followed. There’s also a Grateful Dead connection.

3. Okie Duke: Chicken licken
From volume 6 "Mojo incense"
Frantic organ sounds, crazy laughter, silly lyrics about "the sky's fallin'" and other mayhem make this an ultra cool dancefloor filler! And then you still haven't heard the other side. Live he would replace a broken guitar string with one hand and his teeth WHILE playing the piano with his other hand and his feet!!
11. The Crowns: Jerking the dog!
From volume 29 "In the middle of the floor"
I know several versions of this song, but I’m not sure which one is the original. I do know that this version is one of the rarest and I haven’t been able to find it on another compilation. A great organ filled soul jerk! It’s impossible not to stomp your feet.

4. Peter Ortiz: Oh my darling
From volume 49 "Chase me"
Don’t get fooled by the year of release; this sounds like 1968. Groovy soul made to get everyone on the dancefloor. It really works every time. I wish I could find some information about Ortiz. The only thing I can offer you is the title of the B-side, “Loser”.

12. Jamie Lyons: Flowers to sunshine
From volume 6 "Mojo incense"
Jamie Lyons from Ohio had a few solo releases but he'll be best remembered as the singer and keyboard player of The Music Explosion, one of the earliest and best bubblegum pop bands. Their biggest success was "Little bit o' soul", but for me they're best known for their album track "96 tears", a superb version of that Question Mark & Mysterians classic. That explains why this instrumental was produced and co-written by the bubblegum Super K production kings Kasenetz and Katz.

5. Sounds Incorporated: Detroit
From volume 46 "Teasin'"
Third Booth had a song called “Sounds Incorporated”, but I don’t know if there should be a link between those two bands. It’s the b-side of “The Spartans” and it’s a terrific instrumental, fast and furious, r&b at its best.

13. Darnell Simpkins & The Family Tree: The whip pt2
From volume 35 "Weird-itis"
An S&M instrumental by a mystery artist (well, I don’t know him). It’s one of the funkiest selections on this volume. An actual whip was used for this recording and after a short break there’s even a genuine torture sequence while the organ goes on and on and on.

6. Tom & Jerrio: Boomerang
From volume 14 "Stampede"
Eddie Thomas and Jerry Murray were known as Tom & Jerrio. Both songs on this 45 were written by Jerry. "Boomerang" is a killer tune for each party; don't forget the flipside "Boo-ga-loo".

14. Clydie King: 'bout love
From volume 29 "In the middle of the floor".
In the 60s Clydie worked with illuminate people like Jimmie Haskell, but also produced some solo releases, one of the finest being this one. Although it’s from 1971 it sounds like 1965. This and also an album on Lizard was the end of a very promising career which started in 1957 with the Specialty label.

7. Gate Wesley & Band: Do the batman
From volume 6 "Mojo incense"
"Zap! Pow!" Do the Batman on the dancefloor and take off in your batmobile. Gate Wesley asked Billy LaMont to sing on these two sides (the flip is on vol 32).
15. Bill Doggett: Soda pop
From volume 9 "Kitchenette"
First a "Soda Pop" and then you can switch over to more serious stuff. Just like its A-side "Ham fat" this is a Hammond groove dancing tune.

8. James Duncan: Three little pigs
From volume 32 "Do it!!!"
Wow! What a discovery! A fairy tale in a soul beat! Bad bad wolf, you’d better get out of here. James Duncan recorded more 45s for King and also a last one for Federal in 1969.

16. The St.James Group: Baby shake your whoop whoop
From volume 27 "Do the discotheque"
Wow! A great uptempo soul stomper I’ve never seen being compiled before. “Listen to the rhythm…” and start all over again with the first track of this groovy groovy sampler.