Some recent purchases:
1. Ronnie Bird - Elle M'Attend! / Tu Perds Ton Temps (Canadian London 45)
Ronnie Bird EPs are fought over on the 'bay, but not Canadian pressings. Nice 2-sider that has a cover of the Rolling Stones' 'The Last Time' on the A side & a cover of 'Don't Bring Me Down' (not sure who did the original, all I can hear in my mind is The Pretty Things version) on the other. After I bought this I had 'The Last Time' in my head for days, which got pretty damn annoying.
2. The Sound Stylistics – Get Ya Some (Bruton EP)
Just a top notch tune.
3. The X-Citers Unlimited – Soul to Billy Joe (ABC 45)
Wow. Cheapie that is really nice. Highly recommended.
4. Sweet Charles – Hang Out and Hustle (People 45)
One of my favorite funk tunes. Not as heavy as some of the other JB productions, but this one hits me unlike any other.
5. Calvin Owens Show – The Cat (Klondike 45)
Funk with a big band sound. One that I lost on the ‘bay only to get a second chance notice a few weeks before my birthday. Even better, my wife bought it for me.
6. Rusty Bryant – Fire Eater (Prestige 45)
OK, in case I haven’t made it clear before, I’m a Prestige junkie. This is one of a handful of 45s I had left to track down. Forget the break, this is a great jazz tune without it.
7. Orgone – Funky Nassau (nuffrope 45)
Somehow I missed this when it was first released. While many covers of funk classics fall flat, this one does not.
8. Marvin Stamm – Machinations (Verve LP)
Complete blind purchase that surprisingly yielded a few nice ‘now-sound’ jazz tracks, ‘Jes’ Plain Bread’ and the title track. Now someone please talk to Martin about the importance of stage names….
9. Jodo – Guts (Decca LP)
Blind purchase #2: Jodo, a UK blues-rock combo that only got a release in the States…??? All I know is that ‘Wish You’d Never Been Born’ is heavy as hell. Fulfilling my rock fix very nicely.
10. The Cecil Holmes Soulful Sounds – Music for Soulful Lovers (Buddah LP)
Blind Purchase #3: a tripped out batch of soul covers for lovers. Not sure how he sold the idea, as most of this is pretty bad (especially the tracks he talks over), but there is tune that saves it: ‘I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little Bit More Baby’. The first minute of it is especially good: crisp drums, bass heavy, a flute with effects, and when the harp kicks in, it’s just on……..