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About RobbK

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    Soul, R&B, Blues, Gospel, Jazz music, cartooning, ice hockey, back country skiing
  • Location
    Oude Niedorp,Netherlands;MuenchenD;L.A.USA
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    A Tear From A Woman's Eye-Temptations

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  1. RobbK

    The Greatest Record Finds Of All Time

    Back during the late 1960s, I was looking at the records shelves in a Goodwill Store in Pasadena, California. There was nothing there but MOR Pop 45s, and kiddie records. I did find one not-so-good condition fairly common Soul record, which I shouldn't have decided to buy. But, I didn't want to have gone all the way from West L.A. through Hollywood, and Downtown L.A. finding almost nothing, so I picked it up. As I turned around, I dropped it, and it slid down behind the tall, wood bookshelf. I was irritated about finding nothing, and was determined not to leave there with nothing. I used a lot of strength to pull the whole shelf, from the near side, far enough away from the wall to grab the record, when I saw that there were about 10 records that had also fallen behind the shelf, apparently over a many year period, as 3 of them were old R&B 45 RPM records from 1951-1954. They were the extremely rare, "Dreams of You" by The Royals on Okeh Records, from 1952, "My Saddest Hour" by The Five Keys on Aladdin Records from 1951, and a record by The Aladdins on Aladdin, from 1954. They were all in near mint condition. I bought them all for 10 cents each. Even at that time, The Royals was worth over $1,000, and The Five Keys about $400. That was a lot of money back then. That was one of my best finds for the money paid, condition and rarity. And I like that music better than many of the most valuable Northern Soul records I've found, including the Frank Wilson on Soul, Andantes, and many others.
  2. RobbK

    Precisely what is it...?

    I love the beautiful melodies (e.g. different combinations of notes played by instruments ans sung by peoples' voices), and the different blending of all those sounds. I like the varying structures of songs, with different timing of changing the types of "musical phrases". I was introduced to Black American music, from my parents' turntable and 1930s and '40s 78 RPM records, whose sound I LOVED, and I hated the Country & Western music played on the radio there. I also like a lot of European Classical music, and also am luke warm or dislike a fair amount of it. I like the instrumentation in a lot of MOR/Pop music, but dislike much of the singing. I like lots of eastern Asian, Middle Eastern and middle ages European music, and Scottish and Bulgarian bagpipe playing. I like traditional Irish and Scottish music. Basically, I like happy melodies best, but I also like minor-key driven Blues. I like Gospel music. Lyrics are almost a non-factor for me. One of my favourite tunes is the former national anthem of The Soviet Union, though I disliked that government and all they stood for, intensely. Same for der Kaiser's Prussian national anthem, whose tune was adapted for that of Nazi Germany (despite my being Jewish, and having had half of my extended family murdered by The Nazis). So, the TUNE is the most important - how it is written by the writers, arranged by the arrangers, played by the instrument players, and sung by the singers. I will listen to ANY music. Whether or not, and to what degree I will like it, will depend upon those factors listed above. I like, and dislike music from most genres. I do dislike ALL so-called music from a few genres.
  3. RobbK


    No! Most of the various press runs got the labels correct. The reversed label run issues are pretty rare compared to the correct issues.
  4. RobbK

    What is your genre?

    I started listening to my parents' 1930s-1940s Jazz, Jazz vocals, Jazzy Swing Bands, City Blues, and crooner groups like The Ink Spots, during the early '50s in Western Canada, where only corny Country and Western music was played on the radio. When we visited family in Chicago during summer and Christmas holiday vacations, I heard R&B, Blues, and Gospel music in my uncles' shops in The Ghetto, on The South Side. I started liking all the Black American music. At first (7), I started asking my parents and grandparents for R&B records for my birthday and Chanukah gifts. At 9, I started buying my own, going with my father and mother to thrift shops and record shops. When R&B started changing into SOUL music, I liked and bought that, too. So, I collect American and Canadian R&B, Soul, Blues, Gospel and Jazz music, from 1935 to about 1972 or so (but I own very few records issued after 1970). I like ALL types of Soul, including Northern, Beach, Popcorn, Motown, Chicago, Southern, Deep, Afro-Latin, Salsa. My intense specialisation and expertise is in Motown, Detroit, and Chicago '60s Soul, and Detroit and Chicago '50s R&B.
  5. A village of 300 people with only houses, an elementary school, and a closed down pub (not enough patronage). Basically a town of old, retired people and younger professionals who work in A'dam. It had a large vegetable farm with cows, a sheep farm, several canals filled with ducks (that woke me up each morning). Lots of bridges and small roads for cycling. I loved the quiet. Not even one shop. But I didn't mind riding my bike to Heerhugowaard. I liked it a lot better than where I lived in Den Haag for many years (Archipelbuurt), even though the latter house was in quite a nice location, on the second-to-last street from The Scheveningse Bosjes between Den Haag and Scheveninge (near Madurodam).
  6. The north end of Heerhugowaard, eh? I lived for 9 years a 4 minute bicycle ride from there.
  7. I live a few months each and every year in 5 different countries (The Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Canada, and USA). But the map only allows one location per person. So, sadly, I can't join our map.
  8. RobbK

    Songs That Use Same Arrangement /backing Track

    As James Brown once (often) said.......... Good Gawd! There are no explanations for some things on Earth!
  9. RobbK

    Good Old Gold Label....help please

    Yes, now I remember the difference between the two. Goldies 45 was legitimate ABC licensed, and Good Old Gold was very suspicious-looking, as a candidate to be a bootleg label.
  10. RobbK

    Good Old Gold Label....help please

    Actually, Lost Nite Records wasn't totally an oldies re-issue label. They released some original new productions with current Philadelphia artists in 1962-64, by Lee Andrews and The Hearts (including "Cold Gray Dawn"1964), "Hey Girl" by The Perfections(1963), and a few other groups (Twlighters) .
  11. RobbK

    Good Old Gold Label....help please

    It's certainly a re-issue label. I don't know if they are bootlegged, but the quality isn't very good, so that is an indication that that is a good possibility. But I wonder if it was a legitimate ABC re-issue label in the 1970s, as I remember finding hundreds of them in new Black slick ABC subsidiary/style sleeves. Or was I confusing that with another 1970s re-issue label that was also coloured bright yellow?
  12. Scott English on "Brandy" and "High on a Hill" sounds nothing at all like the singer in question. I think we've ruled him out.
  13. RobbK

    Edward Earling ?

    No, Earling didn't have any vinyl releases that I know of (much to my chagrin). I'm guessing that his real name was Earl McDaniels, as either Edward or Earl McDaniels is listed as a songwriter on every song he sang for Motown, other than possibly the one written by Smokey.
  14. RobbK

    Edward Earling ?

    I had that very acetate in my hands, among hundreds of others during the 1970s, at Motown, while working on The "From The Vaults" and other unreleased Motown issue projects. I had seen and heard 4 or 5 cuts by Edward Earling, which all had been recorded in 1963. Most were produced by Mickey Stevenson, but I seem to remember one having been written and produced by Smokey Robinson. Earling sounded a bit like Eddie Holland. We set aside the best ones, "This Time I'm Gonna Leave You" and "Baby Don't Leave Me" for possible release on a later volume (LP) of "From The Vaults". Being partial to Motown's 1962-64 sound, I was sorely disappointed that none of Earling's cuts ever were released on "Cellarful of Motown" or "Lost Motown", or any other mixed artists releases. I think I asked Keith Hughes if there was some question about Earling's artist contract with Motown.
  15. We can't his big hit, "High on a Hill", which was sung mainly in falsetto, and full of twee notes.


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