Mitty Collier: I Had a Talk With My Man Last Night
From: 7″ (Chess, 1964) and Shades of a Genius (Chess, 1965)
Etta James: I’d Rather Go Blind
From: 7″ (Chess, 1968) and Tell Mama (Chess, 1968)
The Valentinos: Iâ€™ll Make It Alright
From: 7″ (SAR, 1963)
This if the first offering by Tommy Tompkins who combed through the riches of the Black Label collection (that he donated to Soul Sides). His comments:
- (Mitty Collier) Ms. Collierâ€™s voice is deep and thick, and she had a way with smooth sexy R&B tunes like â€œI Had A Talk,â€ which she cut for Chess Records in 1964. Actually, Iâ€™d have served up the infinitely superior â€œIf This Is The Last Time,â€ which my old friend Mark Edmunds (R.I.P.) from Baytown Records turned me on to years ago, only my son cut his teeth on the outer 1/2â€ one afternoon when I wasnâ€™t looking. He missed this, so take it and enjoy.
- (Etta James) I threw this on the playlist last week for my fabulous 6 am spin class at the Oakland YMCA, and Ronnie, the woman with the dreads who tends to speak up when thereâ€™s something on her mind, let me know in no uncertain terms that this line â€“ â€œYou see I love you so much I just donâ€™t want to see you leavingâ€ â€“ did not make it, muttering something about â€œsee who goes blindâ€ as Ms. James poured out more pain in 2 and 1/2 minutes than most folks bleed in a lifetime. A great great song.
- (The Valentinos) This is the Womack Brothers (and I swear I heard Sam Cooke for a moment somewhere in the first few bars),when they left the gospel world behind and went after the hit parade with uptempo pop numbers like this. Itâ€™s not on Sam Cookeâ€™s
- SAR Records Story, but â€œItâ€™s All Over Now,â€ a hit for the Rolling Stones, is. Download this, buy that collection and youâ€™ll be happy.
I’ve been so busy with Black Label material, I feel like I’ve neglected hip-hop selections but god bless Cocaine Blunts who’s been straight killllllin’ it of late with his Heavyweights/Freestyle Fellowship week and is currently dropping the audio bombs from Oakland’s The Coup (only one of my favorite groups ever).