7 DAYS OF SOUL: THE RELATIVES

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The Relatives: More Time (To Explain) (Archway, 1971, 7″)

I learned about this Bay Area 7″ from the late Matthew Africa; I not only have a soft spot for Bay Area sweet soul and songs that use both male and female singers, but throw in some background harmonizing and I’m positively weak in the knees.

Best that I can piece together, the Relatives were a one-off group put together by Archie Reynolds III (producer) and Larry Coney (singer/writer/co-arranger). There’s a remarkable musical biography of Reynolds available here; he grew up […]

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7 DAYS OF SOUL: MAJOR LANCE

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Major Lance: Sweet Music (Okeh, 1963, 7″) (Available on The Best of Major Lance

There’s an entire generation of early 1960s R&B artists that I’ve yet to sit with; a huge gap in my soul knowledge. That certainly includes Major Lance who I was mildly aware of but until I picked up this pic-sleeve 7″  from the Groove Merchant in the fall, I had never owned anything by him before. I had heard “Um Um Um Um Um Um,” before but “Sweet Music” was […]

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7 DAYS OF SOUL: HENRY LUMPKIN

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For day 3 of the 7 Days of Soul challenge, I plucked out a b-side from a 7″ I scored whilst out in Paris in the summer (s/o to Superfly).

Henry Lumpkin: If I Could Make Magic (Buddah, 1967, 7′) (Available on Classmates)

I had never heard of Lumpkin before and perhaps that’s not surprising since he was one of those ’60s artists who landed some promising opportunities – first at Motown, then at Buddah – but couldn’t crack the barrier to national stardom. […]

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7 DAYS OF SOUL: THE ARCS

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Day two of the 7 days of soul challenge brings me to a song I first heard via Heartbreak Radio:

The Arcs: Stay In My Corner (Nonesuch, 2015, Yours, Dreamily)

The Arcs pairs Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys with Leon Michels of Truth and Soul Records plus a crack team of New York’s retro-soul studio musicians including drummer Homer Steinweiss and bassist Nick Movshon. I confess, when I first heard about this project in the late spring, I was […]

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7 DAYS OF SOUL: BOBBY TAYLOR AND THE VANCOUVERS

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Back in October, Michael Barnes invited me to the 7 Days of Soul Challenge but I didn’t have a chance to get to it until now and I figured this could double up as a short year-end wrap of some of my favorite songs of 2015. However, before we get there…

1) I began the year with the best of intentions: to post a song a day for the entire year. However, as my few daily readers know, I made a good run through June but the momentum couldn’t sustain itself.1 […]

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THE TECHNIQUE OF RECORD BOXING

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We may be deep in a much ballyhooed vinyl revival but surprisingly, record cases haven’t seemed to have kept pace. With all these folks buying records again from their local record store Whole Foods, you would think there’d be more variety in boxes/cases available. RSD has nudged this along incrementally, especially with prestige releases that tout special packaging but compare the variety of vintage cases you might find on eBay or Etsy vs. new cases being manufactured now and you feel like there’s a missed opportunity.

The last time I saw […]

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ETHICS: SITTING IN MY LONELY ROOM

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The Ethics: I Want My Baby Back (Vent, 1969, 7″)

One of my favorite Philly joints; could have sworn I shared this before but must have slipped my radar. I like how the content says “ballad” but everything else about it, musically, says Northern scorcher.

365 Days of Soul, #170

NICOLE WILLIS: THEY’RE PLAYING OUR TUNE

Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators: Where Are You Now? (Timmion, 2015, 7″)

I say this every couple of years but Nicole Willis is a treasure. Can’t wait for her next album, coming out in October.

365 Days of Soul, #167

SOUL INVESTIGATORS: BAD BUT GOOD

The Soul Investigators: Bad Vibrations (Timmion, 2015, 7″)

Forthcoming on Timmion. A killer little instrumental with some funky flute action laid over a early ’70s JBs-esque rhythm.

365 Days of Soul, #166

BRENTON WOOD: DOES THIS GOT IT?

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Brenton Wood: Some Got It, Some Don’t (Double Shot, 1968, 7″)

Fascinating production choices on here…the way it opens, you think it’s going to be a slow-burner funk tune, ala “Cleo’s Mood/Back” but then you have those unexpected synth notes. And then the whole beat shifts into more of a Northern tempo but it feels like it starts, awkwardly, off the down beat.

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