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About RobbK

  • Birthday 24/11/1946

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

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  1. I hope not. At least he shouldn't have tried to copy what Eddie did on the chorus' main line. "How to sing wildly off key, and hit flat notes".
  2. I see why this was never released. The instrumental track is great, but Eddie's singing is terrible in the choruses. He's far off key and flat over and over, with regularity. Notably, the "Ready, Willing and Able" line. It really hurts my ears. I've never heard him do that before.
  3. RobbK

    Dusty Wilson Boot Discussion.

    Yes, the bronze-coloured one is the Detroit pressing, which l believe, was pressed at American. Yes, the black issue's font looks like a New York font that was common in the early-to-mid '60s. Now that you mention it, I agree that circular indentation around the centre hole of the Detroit pressing was NOT on any of American's records of that time. So, maybe that is the boot.
  4. It MUST be. I bought mine in 1965.
  5. RobbK

    Dusty Wilson Boot Discussion.

    BOTH this issue AND the one above look EXACTLY like both the original issues. The bronze-coloured lower one cannot be faked, as the way the label sits on the raised centre portion of the record never looks how it does on the original on modern pressings due to differences in the vinyl and the height of the rise in the centre area, and the fullness of the arc of the rim of the raised area. The black-labeled issue above could possibly be a replica boot. If so, it is fantastically well made. I can't see a flaw in it. It looks exactly like my original, in every detail. Usually, there is less sharpness in the print, or the lines, or some lightness in the background near the print, if it was made from a photo. I don't think original fonts that don't exist anymore can be reproduced to use as a newly printed font from typesetting. That would be too impractical. I would guess that photographing an original is probably the only way that facsimile labels are produced. In any case, making new fonts from scratch, to try to reproduce the old font, would likely produce a font that could be different enough to recognise/deduce that it is NOT the font that was used on the original issue. I would bet the farm that both of these are originals, and that the boots were the black issue, which is easier to attempt to reproduce, and, I believe, was the first press run. I believe that both press runs occurred during the initial run of sales of that release, but were pressed at 2 different plants, probably because the first was too busy, and Detroit stores were out of their first batch, and requesting refills that Bronse couldn't deliver.
  6. The top 2 of the 4 "pensioners" had grossed £178,000 and £163,000 respectively. Working out of their homes, I'd guess their overhead was less than 10% of that (probably significantly less). So, I'd guess they netted about £150,000 and £140,000. I don't feel sorry for them getting 10 months and 8 months in prison. They stole large amounts of money from buyers, and the creators of the product, and/or their children. Why should we allow selfish, uncaring, nasty people like that, who don't respect other beings' rights to gain the fruits of their labour get away with such actions with just a slap on the wrist? That's only a short bit away from condoning it.
  7. All they had to do to avoid that was to not try to cheat and steal from other people (some of whom might also be pensioners)! I have pity for them only in the sense that they feel bad enough inside to become so selfish and needy that they forget that the people that they steal from are being hurt by their actions. I feel lucky that I don't feel so sad inside, like they do. BUT, I do think that they should serve time in jail if the amount they took is more than £250-300 or so. Losing that hurts people. Less than that amount, they should be made to return that amount to the injured party, PLUS an extra amount for putting them through the experience. They should also be put on probation (checked upon), and made to do social work (helping sick and old people) as penance, for several months, to let them know there will be consequences (losing their precious personal time), and to also feel what is like to help others (give, instead of take). Maybe that might even alert them to the fact that THEY, themselves, aren't the only person in The World. And that others are worse off, and helping them can make one feel accomplished. Deep down it might help them to feel good that maybe someone else MIGHT want to help THEM, when they will need help, later in life.
  8. RobbK

    Your Fave Motown Track.

    Technically, "I'm Satisfied" wasn't a Motown production, even if a handful of current Motown musicians played on it. George McGregor, who wrote and helped produced it, only played sporadically as a fill-in at Motown, and wasn't employed by them at the time. Golden World Studio was not yet owned and re-configured to Motown's specifications. It was a Don Davis, Solit Hitbound production. I wouldn't list any of those among my favourite "Motown" recordings. The San Remo Golden Strings, DID, I believe, record a few cuts under The Motown Regime, just after the Golden World buyout. THOSE would be eligible to be favourite Motown cuts.
  9. RobbK

    Superbs on Dore

    Easy to figure out. Dore's owner, Lew Bedell repressed his records for "oldies" sales every so often. There was a constant market for Sweet Soul oldies among the mainstream African American and Chicano communities in both Southern and Northern California, as well as sales in specialised scenes, such as The Lowriders, and even some sales from record shops selling general pop music. The different label designs represent different periods in time when Dore changed its design. Lucky for you, I was located mostly (7-8 months per year) in L.A. during 1965-72). The plain blue background represents 1958-1964, and into early 1965 (with a few periods with Monarch finding and using them posthumously in 1966, after the lined design started). The lined design is fairly rare, and was used in some stray, nonconsecutive periods from 1964-67. The purple period was later. I think it was only used in the 1970s (maybe it started in 1969?). I don't remember seeing it until after I stopped buying current records (after 1972). If the matrix numbers were all Monarch/ALCO delta codes, then it is clear that the colour differences just represent later pressings. Any deviation from that rule would be the pressing plant finding old blanks with obsolete designs that they had forgotten to use, or Bedell finding same, and sending those to Monarch. IF the design differences you have DON'T all have the Monarch/ALCO delta, then the differences MIGHT be due to Bedell sending different designs to different plants, or a non-local (non-Southern California plant printing up new blanks using an old design. Do your three different designs ALL have the Monarch/ALCO delta? The LJB code numbers being the same would indicate that the cut takes are the same. If different, then the cut takes are different.
  10. I would guess that SOME weird-thinking record collectors would rather pay the trifling sum of £5 more, to have a semi-rare '70s boot(which was made in small quantities, and very few are currently available), rather than a currently available issue, that ANYONE can have, at a moments notice (e.g. the '70s boot is a 40+ year old "collectable" (albeit not very valuable), for those reasons.
  11. Isn't there a minimum amount of money obtained by fraud or theft that draws the line between committing a misdemeanor and a felony under UK law? That's the way it works in Canada and USA. I don't know the current amounts in Canada and USA, as it rises over time due to inflation. But, misdemeanor levels usually include a punishing fine, probation, and possibly public social penance work, - but no jail time. Felonious monetary levels of theft or fraud usually DO result in a prison sentence. So, I would expect a similar situation in The UK. If someone were to make up a fake high-value NS record facsimile, and fool some well-known authority/expert into declaring that it is a genuine original, and then, sell it for more £500, he SHOULD go to prison. That is stealing an honest hard-working average person's sustenance. Even though that person has made the choice to use that money for a seemingly non-essential purpose, he has already sacrificed something that an average person would think is "essential", to gather together this "mad money". There SHOULD be a substantial deterrent to keep people from hurting innocent people in this manner. The fairly small risk of being caught by the police and being fined is not enough to stop most crooks. A potential prison sentence for trying to defraud someone of £500 probably IS enough to make a reasonable proportion of the still rational selfish would-be defrauders decide not to commit that crime, or, at least to think twice about it. I think we need that deterrent. Stealing a loaf of bread to feed one's children SHOULDN'T send some one to prison (or the galleys ). I've never earned much money. So, I resent selfish, mean, nasty, crooked, sick people trying to fleece me of what little I have. There SHOULD be punishment to deter the amoral, anti-social, sick-os from taking upstanding citizens' hard-earned boodles. I'll get off my soapbox now((former Hyde Park dissident that I am), and bleeding heart liberal ), and let the fascists take over (and propose the pillory, the stocks, hanging the offenders on meathooks or danging hung by piano wire, and marked forever with the mark "RT" (Record Thief) burned into their skin with a branding iron, or being fed to the lions in the closest zoo).
  12. RobbK

    Timmie Williams - Who was/ Is he

    Timmy Willis was DEFINITELY a Detroiter. I know lifelong Detroiters, who knew him well, and he was living in Detroit all along. Timothy (Timmie/T.J. Williams) was a New Yorker.
  13. RobbK

    Timmie Williams - Who was/ Is he

    I think that's a good possibility. The two voices sound quite similar.
  14. RobbK

    Timmie Williams - Who was/ Is he

    Well, I was just giving my opinion. We have no proof it WASN'T recorded in Detroit. Just because I've never seen the name "Timmie Williams" associated with any Detroit productions doesn't mean he couldn't be a Detroiter. Balk and Micahnik also recorded some sessions in Detroit (Volumes' American Arts and Twirl productions, as well as other Twirl sessions). And, just because I say the recording doesn't SOUND like Detroit, doesn't make it a certainty. We need to hear whether it was recorded in Detroit or New York from an inside source, or someone who has seen its documentation. All I can say is that if someone placed a gun to my head and said "Was it New York or Detroit?-if you're wrong I shoot!", I would guess New York. But, if I wasn't forced, and could bet or not, I wouldn't risk the farm betting either way. But, then I'm conservative when betting, as my guesses aren't ALWAYS right.
  15. RobbK

    Timmie Williams - Who was/ Is he

    Well, it certainly is an Embee Production, and song published by Vicki Music (Harry Balk and his partner, Irv Micahnik). But. that doesn't guarantee that it was a Detroit recording. Balk & Micahnik often took their Detroit artists to New York to record them. They even operated an office in New York during 1959-64. Bill Ramal operated out of New York. I can't recall him having come to Detroit to record. Even those sessions he ran for Robert West, and Gwen Gordy and Billy Davis were all done in New York. As far as the recording sound, the room acoustics and sound of the session players' styles don't remind me of ANY Detroit cut. It sounds more like the regular New York Bill Ramal recordings. Even Richard Tee's crew he used for Jobete N.Y. and Robert Bateman's New York productions of Detroit-style songs sounded a lot more like Detroit recordings than this.


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