Soul Fantasy

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Jesse Gomez - Lace

This record 45" was released on Mankind Records. I have seen it many times on ebay. However it is not the first release. The original pressing was on Bax Records. Jesse Gomez is singer from L.A. and he is lead singer of Smooth Water Band. Arranged by Smooth Water Band. Composed and produced by Les Baxter.

Les Baxter was singer, pianist, composer and producer. He also wrote the "Whistle" theme from the TV show Lassie. He worked on movie soundtracks for American International Pictures where he composed and conducted scores films. Les Baxter was owner on Bax Records.

Some days ago appeared on ebay an EP copy on Bax Records which includes 4 tracks entitled "Baby I really want ya", "Sidewalk cafe", "Sweeter than honey" and "Lace". It was sold for 102$, however the record was only VG condition. It was a big suprise for collectors.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Friday, June 25, 2010

Donn Thomas - Live Wires 1980 Lp

Donn Thomas was born in 1949. He is a gospel singer, musician, composer and missionary.
He was a frequent performer on several Christian TV shows. Later he appeared singing for the gospel album entitled "Church Triumphant". He has recorded several albums including Live Wires, You Are The One, Psalms Alive, Urban Hope, and Real People.
Thomas collaborated with a producer David Diggs. Thomas had written songs and produced demos, but Diggs elevated the process and secured him a deal with Myrrh Records. Diggs produced Thomas' two Myrrh albums entitled "Live Wires" and "You're the One" in 1980 and 1981 respectively.

Today I'm presenting the album "Live Wires".

The musicians were great. David Diggs on keybords, Paul Jackson Jr. on guitar, Scott Edwards on bass, Ed Greene on drums, Gary Herbig on tenor sax and Dave Boruff on alto sax. Also Jim Coile on tenor sax and flute, Jerry Hey and Charles Davis on trumpets and Bill Reichenbach on trombone. Background vocals by Steve and Denise Hunt, Elisecia Wright, Carol Rogers, Bob Carlisle, Lilian Tynes and Donn Thomas.
I have chosen two tracks entitled "Live Wires" and "Walking With My Father". The first was composed by himself and the second was composed by Charles Williams. Vocals arranged by himself and Steve Hunt.

Donn also is a member of the Promise Keepers worship team, and appears at concerts and religious gatherings including the Promise Keepers and Congress on the Urban Family and speaks before groups worldwide. He and his wife, LaVoughn live in Stone Mountain, Georgia, where he is Senior Pastor of Messiah's House.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Ron Holmes - You are the girl / Driftwood modern soul test press 45"

I decided to present one of the rarest modern soul test press 45". Some months ago I had the pleasure to find a mega rare killer modern soul test press 45". Until now it was never seen even on demanding wants lists. I can't describe what I felt when I first heard this 45". I don't know if it was ever released. Also I don't know much info about Ron Holmes.
This modern soul test press was released on United Record Pressing Inc. Probably it was released in 1978. Date of creation 1978.
Ron Holmes recorded two killer tracks entitled "You are the girl" and "Driftwood". The first was composed by Dan Richard Nolen and himself and the second was composed by Dan Richard Nolen and John Riley Morris.

  Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Only for those who appreciate hearing quality music

Friday, June 18, 2010

Timmy Thomas - Same ole song 1984

Timmy Thomas (born 13 November 1944, Evansville, Indiana) was best known for the hit song, "Why Can't We Live Together" in late 1972. This disc sold over two million copies. He recorded five (5) albums. The last of them called "Gotta Give A Little Love (Ten Years After)" in 1984 on Gold Mountain Records. In this album were included two wonderful tracks entitled "My last affair" and "Same ole song". "My last affair" Thomas released as a single on SRI Spector Records International in 1982. "Same ole song" Thomas released as a single on Gold Mountain Records in 1984 respectively.
I have noticed that many radio producers don’t really play the song "Same ole song" on their radio show. It is unbelievable. In my opinion this song is a fantastic mid-tempo.

Composed and produced by Lou Pace.

Thomas appeared on Nicole McCloud's 1985 album "What About Me?", singing a duet with her called "New York Eyes".

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Νίκος Γεώργας (Nick Georgas)

A great Greek voice singing a tribute to Frank Sinatra.

Nick Georgas

Dionisis | MySpace Video

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Edna Wright - If the price is right

Edna Wright was born in L.A. in 1944. She is the younger sister of vocalist Darlene Love. Wright was a member of an L.A.-based vocal group called the Blossoms. In the '60s, Wright performed gospel with the Church of God in Christ Singers; Wright sang backup for various artists, including Ray Charles and the Righteous Brothers. And she also did some recordings as a solo artist in the '60s using the pseudonym Sandy Wynns. In 1969 she formed Honey Cone and hired Shellie Clark and Carolyn Willis. She released her first solo album entitled "Oops! Here I Go Again" on RCA Records. Produced by Greg Perry. Horn & string arrangements by H.B.Barnum and McKinley Jackson.

I have chosen the fantastic track entitled "If the price is right" composed by Greg Perry and Angelo Bond.

Sadly after that LP, Wright didn't record any other solo albums but she sang backing vocals for various pop, R&B and gospel artists.

The exact year of release is not quite clear. Although the vinyl label is printed in 1977, the back cover of the LP jacket reads 1976. Also the CD reissue mentions the year of 1977. It might be a printer's error.

Note: The above posted track is not played in full

Friday, June 11, 2010

Freedom Express - Stolen pleasures 1982

Freedom Express was an obscure soul group from Memphis. Some members of the group were Charles Brown, David Brewer, Reginal Brown and Archie Love. In the 70s Archie Love moved to Memphis and formed his own band "Freedom Express". In 1981 they released 7 incher entitled "Stolen pleasures" which is one of the best ballads in the history of soul. It was released on Spirit Records a local Memphis label.
Next year Freedom Express re-released the same single on Frills Records from Philadelphia as 7 incher and 12 incher. The 7 incher is ultra rare.
Produced by Otho Sawyer and Freedom Express.

Archie Love later recorded with the group “The Main Attraction”, which was signed by RCA records and released one album. In The Main Attraction Archie was a co-lead with Eric Shotwell. Tony DeCarlos Black was a keyboard player. The group was then signed to Motown and changed their name to The Right Choice (Archie, Eric and Tony) for one self-titled album.

Not to be confused with the group Freedom Express which recorded one album called "Easy ridin" in 1970.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Joe Ferry - I'm sorry 1977

Joe Ferry was an unknown singer. He released this single on Downsongs LTD Records in 1977. He also appeared with the Ferry Brothers along with his brother Bob Ferry, at the same time releasing another 7 incher on the same label entitled "Til mornin comes".
Produced by Bob Ferry and Joe Ferry. Composed by himself.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Friday, June 4, 2010

Target - On Target 1979 Lp

Target was an obscure soul group. They released an album entitled "On Target". This album is ultra rare. It was released on Sunshine Records in 1979. It was produced and arranged by Robert Eaton. He was a member of the vocal group from Detroit called "Brothers Of Soul" along with Fred Bridges and Richard Knight. Later Fred Bridges, Robert Eaton and Richard Knight were a powerful group producing albums.

I have chosen three tracks entitled "What I'm gonna do" , "All the lights are out" and "For who we are" respectively.

I don't know if Target is the same group from New York, who has recorded the song "Give me one more chance". Target was formed in central New York in 1975. Target Band were Michelle Raehm and Vincent Esposito on vocals, Brian Raehm on bass, and Maurice Putrello on drums.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full