Some 45s that appeared over the last month + a few inspired by Viva Chiba’s chart & the arrival of the Plebs 45.
Some May arrivals:
Senor Soul – The Mouse (Whiz)
Great cheapie that I’ve been meaning to purchase. Good ‘un.
PI-R-Square – Fantasy Part 2 (Wee)
Fuzzed out pyschedlic jazz number coutesy of Mr Soulful-Illusion.
Spirit Of Atlanta – Freddie’s Alive And Well (Buddah)
What was Curtis on about?
Barbara Mason – You Better Stop It (Arctic)
Beaver put this song on his CD for the funk45 swap last year and it slowly got under my skin. I must’ve played it hundreds of times since then and it still sounds fresh. This tune truly lives up to all the hype that seems to surround it. Living on the outskirts of Philly, I knew I would eventually find this 45 for a better price than it’s currently selling for on the ‘bay. Thankfully that finally happened. Pure class.
The Plebs - Babe I’m Gonna Leave You (US MGM)
Finally managed to pick up a US pressing of this monster UK r’n’b 45. Before I heard Joyce Williams “First Thing I Do In the Morning” and became addicted to funk 45s, I was primarily after US pressings of UK 60s r’n’b and freakbeat. Somehow this 45 eluded me until today. I love how the band chugs along and the singer is at his own pace, so soulful, so mournful. Brilliant.
+ Some 45s pulled from the box for a Friday the 13th the-wife’s-out-of-town, turn-the-music-up-and-annoy-the-hell-out-of-the-neighbors rave-up:
The Trend – Shot on Sight (US Fontana)
First heard this on a ‘Hipshakers’ cassette years ago. Heavy drums propel this slice of UK insanity.
Tony Jackson & The Vibrations – Watch Your Step (Canadian Pye)
If it didn’t come out in the States, perhaps it came out in Canada.....so frenetic they seem like they may almost fall apart.
Shocking Blue – Send Me A Postcard (US Colussus)
Stumbled upon this small-hole 331/3 jukebox EP of this amazing track about 5 years ago in a dollar bin. Never seen a promo or stock US release of this classic tune, and I can’t find anything about a US pressing on the net. Anyone?
Corduroys – Too Much Of A Woman (US Planet)
One of my favorites from the Planet label. Nothing fancy, just solid r’n’b.
The Cops’n’Robbers – St. James Infirmary (UK Decca)
Granted, this 45 will take you on a bad trip, but it is such a heavy version of the blues classic I had to mention it. Besides, it's Friday the 13th, and we need something dark. My vote for the best cover of this tune ever. Crushing.
The Dakotas – Seven Pounds of Potatoes (UK Page One)
I found this on Gemm several years ago along with Jet Harris’ killer “My Lady” 45 from the same record dealer. Fantastic r’n’b tune (especially like the guitar plucking and scratching), although I have never been able to figure out what he’s singing about. Is ‘7 lbs. of potatoes’ a metaphor? A British euphemism? Am I just thick? Someone help me out here.
The Zephyrs – There’s Something About You / She’s Lost You (US Rotate)
Great 2-sider. Not far from the popular beat sound of the time, but the songs are well written and nicely executed. I forgot how much I liked this.
The Richard Kent Style – Go Go Children (US Coral demo)
I’m saving the best for last here. Top notch freakbeat tune that I managed to get in a trade for a record in my collection that I didn’t much care for. The US release is slightly different than the UK 45, as they’ve left out the guitar solo. Still can’t believe this got a stateside release.