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.

365 Days of Soul, #164

THE MEADOWLARKS: I’VE BEEN TRUE TO YOU

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The Meadowlarks: Sad, Sad Boy (Money, 196?, 7″)

Firme rola by the Meadowlarks (Don Julian’s group since their doo woo days) that strangely seems to fly under the radar. A 7″ only release on Money but comped The Money Recordings.1

365 Days of Soul, #163

Oops, just realized I wrote about this very song back in 2011. Oh well. ↩

S.O.U.L.: AIN’T GONNA LET YOU DOWN

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S.O.U.L.: This Time Around (Musicor, 1973, 7″)

S.O.U.L. is best known for their two LP s in the early ’70s but this single was, far as I can tell, a 7″-only release from a couple years after. Very solid crossover on the A-side but I especially love the slow(er) jam on the flip.

365 Days of Soul, #159

FRIGHTNRS: SOMETHING TOLD ME IT WAS OVER

Frightnrs: I’d Rather Go Blind (Daptone, 2015, 7″)

Pretty cool new single on Daptone. Frightnrs are a NYC-based, dub/roots-influenced band and here they offer up a cover of the Etta James classic. Feeling this.

365 Days of Soul, #156

ENDEAVORS: GONNA MAKE YOU MINE

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The Endeavors: Sexy Woman (Gambit, 1971, 7″)

Endeavors are out of (I think) Ohio, perhaps best known for their moody “Shattered Dreams.” “Sexy Woman” comes from their mid-career catalog, a gorgeous production built around those vibes and slinky guitar.

365 Days of Soul, #155

EDDIE KING: A LITTLE MORE GIVING

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Eddie King: Kindness, Love & Understanding (Big Wheel, 1970, 7″)
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An Alabama native, King recorded a handful of singles between 1960 and ’70. This is a very solid two-sider (here’s the flip) that appeared on Frank Kocian’s Big Wheel imprint. “Kindness, Love & Understanding” is a wonderfully simple and understated deep soul cut, doing more with less.

365 Days of Soul, #154

DAVID WHITAKER: WHEELER AND DEALER

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David Whitaker: Strip Poker at Caesar’s Palace (Jockey, 196?, 7″)

Whitaker was a British composer but he worked with both English and French artists throughout the ’60s. This 7″/EP shares much in common with a ton of funky mod beat tracks from the late ’60s. To me, this certainly sounds like Whitaker was…ahem…borrowing from “Tramp” (not that I’m mad at this…certainly not the first example of this amongst this particular genre).

365 Days of Soul, #152

LOS TIOS QUERIES: COME ON BACK, PLEASE

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Los Tios Queridos: Por Eso Vuelve Por Favor (RCA Peru, 197?, 7″)

Los Tios Queridos were a popular band out of Argentina in the 1960s. With my poor Spanish, I’m not sure on what the name translates to…the loved uncles? The loved ones? Anyways, “Por Eso Vuelve Por Favor” had been on my want list for a while – I love that blend of both funky rhythms with a decidedly bright, pop groove.

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THE INVITATIONS: IF I’M THE RIGHT ONE AFTER ALL

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The Invitations: Written On The Wall (DynoVoice, 1965, 7″)

Even after all this time, I never ceased to be impressed by the scope of De La Soul/Prince Paul’s crates circa 1988. I love how they slowed this down and flipped it.

365 Days of Soul, #146

THE TURKS: OFF AND ON

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The Turks: You Turn Me On (DJO, 196?, 7″)

“Like the sunshine/turns on the heat/you turn me on.”

Pretty much why I copped this.

365 Days of Soul, #137