Soul Fantasy

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Lew Kirton

Lew Kirton was born in Barbados where he first sang in his local Anglican choir and in local ensembles where he was known as Jigs Kirton. In 1969 he joined the Sam & Dave Revue as their drummer before becoming a member of The Invitations in 1972 and scoring a hit with "They say the girl's crazy". The Invitations in fact cut a number of Philly flavours for Silver Blue Records in the 70s that today remain extremely collectible. In 1977 he recorded the 12" single only release for which he is best known "Heaven in the afternoon" for Zagora Production and distributed by TK Records.

In 1979 signs as guest artist with Brad Baker. In 1980 "Just Arrived" was released on another TK subsidiary, Alston Records. It was his only album for the label, though while at TK Records. In 1983 Lew moved to New York and recorded a further album "Talk to me" for Believe In A Dream Records through Sony.

I have chosen the track entitled "I Can't Live Without You".

In 1986 the single "Don't wanna wait" became his last release to date. Lew still lives in New York where his newly recorded album awaits a release.

Monday, October 27, 2008


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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Station Braake - Tell her no, no, no 1989

Station Braake was an obscure, little-known soul/boogie group that recorded for Mega Records & Tapes in 1987-88, but released in 1989.
The Band are: Bass and guitar by Shawn Westmoreland , keyboards by Tex Richardson and Sonny Maupin, guitar by Enrique Corro, drums and percussion by Greg Brown, alto sax by John Kadell, trumpet by Chuck Dalton, tenor and baritone sax by Jim Murphy and trombone by Andy Newell. Lead vocals by Tex Richardson and Kathy LaMar. From this album I chose a wonderful modern soul track "Tell her no, no, no". Horn arrangement by Tex Richardson. Produced by M.David Bell.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Saturday, October 25, 2008

David Spinozza - On my way to the liquor store 1978

Fusion guitarist David Spinozza shines on this classic 1978 album released on A&M Records, which features appearances by Leon Pendarvis, Michael Brecker, David Sanborn, Randy Brecker, and the great Luther Vandross. From this Lp I have chosen a great instrumental "On my way to the liquor store". Arranged by Leon Pendarvis. Produced by Mike Mainieri and David Spinozza.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Monday, October 20, 2008

Arnie Love & The Loveletts - Me, Myself & I

I bought this 12" for 11 pounds in 1996 from England. However, I was wrong about it. In fact, I wanted to buy Arnie's Love. I got lucky. After 12 years I sold it for over 300$. It was recorded and released probably in 1980 on TAP Records. Arranged by Nathaniel Yisrael, David Parker and Arnie Love. Produced by Nathaniel Yisrael. From this ultra rare 12", I have chosen a ballad "Me, Myself & I".

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Kevin Toney - A Good Feeling 1982

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan where he attended the prestigious Cass Technical High School, Kevin was well into many years of performing with the groundbreaking jazz-fusion group
The Blackbyrds when he received his B.A. in Composition and Jazz Studies from Howard University. Seven albums were recorded with the group, three of which were certified gold, and many of their hit songs including “Rock Creek Park” and the Grammy nominated “Unfinished Business” were written by Kevin.
In the years between the Blackyrds and his success as a solo recording artist, Kevin showcased his musical versatility as a conductor and arranger for top recording and performing artists including: James Ingram, Patti Austin, Michael McDonald, Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr., Carl Anderson, Edwin Hawkins and Isaac Hayes. He also served as conductor and arranger for productions of: Ain’t Misbehavin’, Five Guys Named Moe, Sophisticated Ladies, Harlem Suite, Wild Women Blues (featuring Linda Hopkins) The Magic Of Motown: A Tribute To Barry Gordy and Atlanta. He has also recorded and/or performed with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Frank Sinatra, Stevie Wonder, Seal, Annie Lennox, Shirley Caesar, Ray Charles, Ray Parker Jr., Pink, Kenny Burrell, Nancy Wilson and O.C. Smith to name a few.
Kevin released his first solo recording, Special K, in 1982 on Fantasy Records. In the album participated Paul Jackson Jr and Lee Ritenour on guitar, Abraham Laboriel and Aaron Mills (was member of Cameo) on bass, Leon Ndugu Changler on drums, Bill Summers on percussion and Oscar Brashear, Dean Boysen, Larry Batiste, Claytoven Richardson on Horns. I chose the wonderful jazzy track “A good feeling”. Vocal by Alton Green. Produced by Orrin Keepnews and Kevin Toney.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Friday, October 17, 2008

Loose Change - Darling, That’s me 1979

This Lp is Philly disco album recorded at Sigma Sound, but released on Casablanca at the end of the 70s. Loose Change are a female trio (Leah Gwin, Donna Beene and Becky Anderson).It sounds like First Choice or Three Degrees. The album contains the track “Rising cost of love” that was first recording by Jean Terrel. However I choose the wonderful track “Darling, That’s me” (originally recorded by Judy Cheeks). Sax solo and arranged by John Davis. Strings and Horns by Don Renaldo. Produced by Tom Moulton.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Clifford Curry

Clifford Curry is a true soul survivor, a veteran of more than 45 years in music and still kicking. The Knoxville, TN, native joined the Echos while he still attended Austin High School in Knoxville; they had been around four years before Curry joined and backed Faye Adams on her number one R&B smash "Shake a Hand." The revamped group cut two records as the renamed Five Pennies for Savoy Records ("Mr. Moon" and "My Heart Trembles" in 1955 and 1956 respectively) and also waxed unreleased sides for Herald Records. Royalties, money, and the lack of, caused the group to splinter in different directions. Curry and some other Knoxville cronies formed the Bingos, who cut a deal with Ernie Young's Excello Records. Excello issued the single on its Nasco subsidiary and renamed them the Hollyhocks; as before, nothing happened and the members disbanded into other ventures.

Curry found a stable gig with the Bubba Suggs Band in 1959, staying until 1964. The band played around their home base, Clarksville, TN, and backed up the major R&B acts that wheeled into their neck of the woods. He left after five years because Bubba couldn't vision much outside of Clarksville, neither could the other band members. Hit the road! Jack, you got to be kidding.

Returning to Knoxville, not exactly a music Mecca either, Curry went solo as Sweet Clifford. Revisiting Excello Records, Young recorded four sides on Curry, messing up the first single by crediting "Things Got to Get Better" as Clifford Sweet. Curry was furious, first from Bingos to Hollyhocks, now this crap. A follow-up got it right with the credit reading Sweet Clifford. The efforts stiffed, but that didn't deter Curry, he was in music for the duration.

He hooked up with some more Knoxville crooners — Luey & Duey Guy, Bob Adams, Jerry Johnson, and Wayne Cronin — to form the Fabulous Six. Curry had a fetish with six-man groups, his debut crew the Five Pennies, despite the name, was six-men strong: Curry, the Meyers Brothers — John, Herbert, and James — Charles Holloway, and Benjamin Washington. The Fabulous Six's single on the miniscule Ridgecrest label out of La Grange, GA, is so obscure that historians and discographers fail to include it in their encyclopedia-type guides to soul singles. As the Contenders, the same lineup cut "Mr. Dee Jay" on Blue Sky Records (1965), which didn't go. Curry tried his hand at songwriting (with Knoxville DJ Rob Galbraith) for others, with little success.

The association with Galbraith bared fruit in 1967, not with one of their songs, but the Galbraith hook up with Buzz Carson enabled Curry to cut a song Carson held the rights to, entitled "She Shot a Whole in My Soul." Carson produced and issued the record on Elf Records, which was distributed by Bell Records. Curry's biggest hit showed at number 95 pop and nearly entered the R&B Top 40 at number 45. Seven more Elf singles followed (from 1967–1969), along with three each on SSS, Caprice, and Abbott Records spanning 1970 to 1973, but none charted as high as "She Shot…" However, Curry's success as an entertainer spread to the Carolina Beaches, where the baritone became a prime showman for their musical events and a solid purveyor of Beach music, which is anything you can shag to and look cool doing it.
The popular Beach entertainer didn't record again until an association with Buddah Records in 1977 that resulted in two singles: "Body shop" and "Moving in the same circles."

In 1980, he singed with Woodshed Records. He released two singles entitled "Shag with me / Once Or Twice" and  "Let's Have A Party/ I love women" respectively. The beautiful song "I Love Women" was original recorded by Jim Hurt in 1980.

Two DJ-only singles for CC Records followed and then singles on Ripete and Compleat took him through 1985. While Clifford's recordings weren't chart busters, they got played in regions where he reigned as an entertainer of note and kept him busy. He never stopped recording; releasing music, contributing backing vocals on others albums, and doing commercials into the millennium. Collectables Records outdid themselves in 1995 by releasing a 20-song compilation CD of Curry's recordings, many from the numerous one-off labels he recorded for; Alpaloosa Records issued Clifford's Blues: The Provider in 1996. The Knoxville native now lives in Nashville, TN, with his irons still in the fire, and is not to be confused with the Clifford Curry who sang with the Notations or the Clifford Curry who blew some notes with the Los Angeles-based Sly, Slick & Wicked.


1181 - All is Well/I'm To Understand (Back up Big Miller) 1956
1182 - Mr. Moon/Let It Rain - 1956
1190 - Money My Heart Trembles - 1956

176 - For A Lifetime/The Wedding Bells (recorded 1956 released 198?)


6001 - You For Me/Don't Say Tomorrow - 1957 (as SWEET CLIFFORD)

2244 - Just A Lonely Boy/Baby! Just What Is Wrong - 1963 (as SWEET CLIFFORD)
2263 - Things Gotta Get Better/Baby, Kiss Me Again - 1963 CLIFFORD CURRY JR.

1201 - Rock Awhile/That's What I Wanna Do (Guy Twins) -1964
1202 - Kiss, Kiss, Kiss/Crazy For You - 1964


105 - Mr. Dee Jay/Yes I Do - 1965


90002 - We're Gonna Hate Ourselves In The Morning! - 1967
90002 - She Shot A Hole In My Soul - 1967
90003 - Your Turned Out The Light/Good Humor Man - 1967
90006 - East, West, North or South/Just A Little Taste - 1967
90008 - Double Shot Of Baby's Love/One Nighter -1968
90013 - I Can't Get Hold Of Myself/Ain't No Danger - 1968
90018 - Miss Shake-A-Plenty (In The Micro-Mini)/T.C.B. - 1968
90024 - I Need A Little Help Girl/ Soul Festival - 1968
90033 - Break My Mind/ Deep Feeling Love - 1969

812 - Soul Ranger! I Don't Need You (no date)

37003 - The Natives Are Restless Tonight!
Can't Shake That Funky Feelin' - 1972

1003 - Delta Dawn/Too Long A Raver - 1973

520 - Body Shop Pt. 1, Body Shop Pt. 2 -1977
571 - Movin' In The Same Circles/Loneliness (It's Killing Me) - 1977

001 - Shag With Me/Once Or Twice - 1980
002 - Let's Have A Party/I Love Women - 1982

3449 - Carolina Blue,." Heavens To Betsy - 1983
3450 - State Is Great! Heavens To Betsy - 1983

110 - That's What I Love About You,." Don't - 1983

121 - I'm Up For Getting Down Tonight/Shag With Me - 1985

Note: The above posted singles are not played in full.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Lonnie Youngblood - Feelings 1981

"Feelings" is one of the most favorite ballads around the world regardless of what type of music anyone enjoys. Probably you have already heard dozens of versions from various artists in many different styles.
I have chosen a wonderful cover version from sax player Lonnie Youngblood released on Radio Records in 1981 for your listening pleasure. Lead vocals by Lonnie Youngblood. Saxophone solo by Lonnie Youngblood. Produced by Vincent Castellano and George Kerr.

Also 2 of my favorite soulful versions have been recorded by COLLAGE in 1981 and LETTA MBULU in 1976. Both of them are worth of checking out.

For your information, the original song was recorded by Brazilian singer Morris Albert in 1975.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Ramsey Lewis - Live at the Savoy 1982

Ramsey Lewis recorded this “Live” album at the Savoy Theater in New York City in 1982 and was released on CBS records the same year. Ramsey said “I wanted my first live album for CBS to be very special” and so it was. Ramsey Lewis with Phenix Horns (Rahmlee Michael Davis, Michael Harris, Don Myrick and Louis Satterfield) with guitar by Henry Johnson, bass by Greg Williams, drums by Terry Morrisette , percussion by Steve Thornton, rhythm guitar by Phil Upchurch. Also Grover Washington Jr. participated on some tracks. Vocals by Alice Echols and Morris Gray. Conducted, arranged and produced by Tom Tom 84. You can enjoy  “You never know”.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Bobby Hebb - Sunny '76 (Disco version) 1975

This single is one of the most famous songs in the history of American music. However, this version is quite unknown. Many collectors don't really know that Bobby Hebb re-recorded "Sunny" in 1975 on Laurie Records. Whenever is available on the market, it’s not expensive to buy. In fact, it’s a very good Disco tune. Arranged by Joe Renzetti. Produced by Marty Sheridan & Joe Renzetti. I want to thank a huge collector in Greece “G. Poly” who brought this amazing version to my attention. Enjoy this special arrangement here below.
Please note that the B side ("Disco" version) is just an extended version of the A side (Sunny '76). Don't be confused.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full