This Friday is a release day for Ace Records - including in the batch of release are 3 soul 45s that just may be of interest, details, label release notes, audio and such all follow below
CITY 089 - DEE ERVIN YOU MAKE ME HAPPY / GIVE ME ONE MORE DAY
'Dee Ervin suffered collateral damage from GRC/Aware’s bankruptcy. He only got to release two mediocre sides on Hotlanta but these recordings match anything he created in a successful career throughout the 60s & 70s.'
CITY 090 - THE MAYBERRY MOVEMENT - I CAN SEE HIM LOVING YOU / WHAT DID I DO WRONG?
This pairing was slated to be Event 218 in late 1974, but as no copies have emerged, it can be assumed that the single was pulled. It is hard to know why, but judging by its rarity the Anderson Brothers GSF release of ‘I Can See Him Loving You’ was a commercial failure - perhaps Event didn’t want to suffer a similar fate. This reading of producer Ray Dahrouge’s song is more soulful and vital than the Anderson Brothers which was huge on the Northern Soul scene, but without this take for competition at the time. Maybe the steamy finale to the Mayberry’s version was a bit too much for radio play, but surely the brilliance of the ballad A side would have compensated for that. Their loss; our gain.
REPRO 12 - TOMMY YOUNGBLOOD / THE OTHER BROTHERS - TOBACCO ROAD NORTH / NOBODY BUT ME
“The Soul Of Tommy Youngblood” 1970 Kent LP had many fine tracks, especially ‘Tobacco Road North’ though it was not attributed to the rightful writer, Jimmy Radcliffe, at the time. The music has been sampled for various hip-hop adaptations, including one by Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan, but the original stands on its own and deserves a 7” format. The Other Brothers ‘Nobody But Me’ is another UK Kent exclusive that sold out on its first Kent Select press and is still much sought-after and now expensive.
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