Soul Fantasy

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Dee Edwards - Once you give it up / My fantasy 1982

Dee Edwards was born on June 19 in 1945. Her real name was Doris Jean Harrell. Dee Edwards was married with the arranger Floyd Jones. She was a member of The Paragons. Edwards was more known with the song called "I Can Deal With That" which released on De-To label in 1975. Two years later De-To re-released this single with some differences on the sound (strings and tambourine).
In the continue she went to New York and released two albums entitled "Heavy Love" and "Two hearts are better than one" on Cotillion Records in 1979 and 1980 respectively. Then she left from Cotillion Records and returned to Detroit. She signed for Morning Glory Records and released a single entitled "Once you give it up / My fantasy" in 1982.

Produced and arranged by her husband Floyd Jones. Composed by D.J.Jones and F.V.Jones. Backing vocal by Ridgeway Sisters. Ridgeway Sisters were known for their collaboration one year ago with Gene Dunlap.

Composed by Sheri Glover and D.J.Jones.

Later she released some singles on the same label until 1990. Edwards then left the music industry to concentrate on her family in Detroit.

She died in 2006 of natural causes, at the age of 60.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Judd Watkins

He is an unknown singer from Baltimore. Most of the collectors, really don't know this jazz singer with a great baritone voice. I think that Judd Watkins deserved much greater recognition.
He started in the late 60s in Baltimore music scene when participated in the quartet along with guitarist O'Donel Levy, drummer Chester Thompson and organist Charles Covington.
In the early 70s he appeared with Webster Lewis when they recorded some live tracks in Oslo. Some of these recordings were released on the Webster Lewis album called "Live In Norway – The Club 7 Live Tapes".
In 1973 he sang and played percussion for O'Donel Levy album entitled "Everything I do gonna be funky". This album was released on Groove Merchant Records. Judd Watkins sang a self-titled song "Everything I gonna be funky" which released as single on the same label in 1974. This song was written by Allen Toussaint and was recorded in 1969 by Lee Dorsey.

Also Watkins sang the song "Paradise" on the album called "Free Angela" which was an amazing tribute to Angela Davis. The album includes tracks by Larry Saunders, Nitroglycerine, Dickie Wonder, Brother Love, Tyrone Thomas, Judd Watkins and Geraldine Jones.

In 1978 he collaborated with guitarist Nathen Page on the album entitled "Page 2" on Hugo's Music. He performed a great song entitled "Free (Not really)". Also this song was released as a single on the same label in 1978. The musicians were Nathen Page on guitar, Mike Smith on drums, Jimmy Wilson on trumpet, Charles Covington on piano and Marc Cohen on tenor & soprano sax.

Produced by Nathen Page. Composed by Nathen Page and Judd Watkins.

After this album, Judd Watkins disappears from recording. I don't know what he did for many years ,but in 2005 he appeared again and released his first solo album. It is a big surprise for me. He released a CD entitled "The other side" on his own label called "Judd Watkins".

 I have chosen a great song entitled "A very good year". You can enjoy his fantastic clear baritone voice. 

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Friday, November 19, 2010

Sam Nix - Heaven on your mind 1983 Lp

Pastor Sam Nix has served as The Senior Pastor of The Lighthouse Gospel Center Church - Dallas, Texas, as minister in Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Hartford, Ft Worth, Indiana, and Buffalo, as Mentor and Teacher, as producer and as author. Also he is graduate of International Seminary with a Master Of Theology Degree. As singer released his first album entitled "Expressions" in the mid 70s. Later he released a second album on his own label called Nix Music. The album entitled "Heaven on your mind" was recorded at Sword & Shield Studio, Arlington,TX.

The musicians were Randy Wills on piano, Tim Benton and Dave Adams on drums, George Anderson on bass, Tom Smith on rhythm guitar and Bill Ham on lead guitar. Also Richard Page on organ, Charles McCambell on congas,percussion and Rick Weidemann on saxophone and flute. Background vocals by Shana Nix (wife of Sam Nix) and Debra Leblanc.

Rhythm section arranged by Sam Nix and Randy Wills. Produced by Randy Wills and Tom Smith. All songs written by himself. I have chosen three tracks entitled "Five Smooth Stones", "Just A Little Prayer" and "Smile". "Five Smooth Stones" reminds me "A Woman Needs Love" by Ray Parker Jr & Raydio in 1981.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Freddie Waters - I'm gonna walk right out of your life 1977

Freddie Waters began his musical career in Nashville Tennessee in the mid 1960s as lead singer for a vocal group called the Hytones. They were featured regulars on a legendary television show called "The Night Train". Through this exposure they were discovered by producer/arranger Robert Holmes. He produced a couple of obscure 45s (on a small Excello subsidiary) for them and then was hired as arranger for Ted Jarrett's Ref-O-Ree label. Mr. Holmes brought Freddie Waters and Eddie Frierson (another member of the Hytones) along with him to the new label.
Freddie & Eddie recorded a couple of duets together in a Sam & Dave style but soon Freddie was out on his own as the label's most visible artist. He had several regional hits, most notably "Singing A New Song". As this record started to get action in several major southern markets, it came to the attention of Curtis Mayfield who leased the master and re-released it on his Curtom label. The record did quite well in the south. This success, in turn, lead to interest from Stax Records in Memphis.
Things began to look up as Ted Jarrett and Robert Holmes were hired as house production team for Audio Media recording studio in Nashville. Freddie was brought into the fold and landed a contract with October Records, a new (and sadly short-lived) Nashville soul label. The first single release "I'm Afraid To Let You Into My Life / I'm gonna walk right out of your life" and was included on the album "Just Enough To Get Me Cool" which released in the UK in 1987 by Move Records.

I have chosen the song "I'm gonna walk right out of your life" which is the flip side of "I'm Afraid To Let You Into My Life". This song was composed by Henry Strzelecki in 1969. Produced and arranged by Robert Holmes.

In 2002 was released a CD which contains songs by Freddie Waters entitled "Singing a new song". The songs were recorded for labels Ref-O-Ree and October.
Sadly Freddie Waters died in 2000.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Hayes & Dhaniels - Spend a perfect day

Hayes and Dhaniels are Regina Hayes (born 1952) and Thaddaeus Daniels (born 1948). They released a single entitled "Spend a perfect day / Everybody wants a piece" on Phonograph Records from Chicago probably in 1983.
Also Regina Hayes, Thaddaeus Daniels along with Reginald House wrote many songs at the same time, but I have never seen them. Some of them are "Night life / There will come a time / Come into my world / Tell me, were you going / Party".
This ultra rare single on Phonograph Records appeared some months ago in England for the first time in the world. Now I have the pleasure to present this rarity. You enjoy "Spend a perfect day". Produced and composed by Hayes & Dhaniels.  

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Raymondo - Out of reach 1983 Lp

He was born in Jamaica, joined his parents in England in 1965. He started in singing career in 1972 and has made numerous records. His first major release was "Let The Heartache Begins".
In 1983 he released album entitled "Out of reach" on World International Records. All the musicians were unknown. Earl Lewis on bass, John Kpiaye on guitar, Paget King on piano, organ and string, Angus Zeb on drumms, Martin Drover on trumpet, Ray Warleigh on sax, Malcolm Griffiths on trombone. Backing vocals by Chris Thompson, Lawny Rogers and Martha. Produced by Winston Curtis.
I chose two songs entitled "Young heart run free" and "I don't wanna talk about it".
"Young heart run free"  is a great soul song which original recording was by American soul singer Candi Staton. Released in 1976 from the album of the same title. Was composed by David Crawford.
"I don't wanna talk about it" is a soul ballad which original recording was by Crazy Horse Band in 1971. Was composed by Danny Whitten.

Note: The above posted tracks are not played in full

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Chuck Payne - Understanding heart

Today I will present one more representative of Northern soul scene called Chuck Payne. Chuck Payne was an obscure singer with deep voice in the 60s and 70s. Chuck was more known for another single in the 60s on ABC Paramount Records called "Ripple In The Stream / Your Blue Horizon".

This single is ultra rare and released on Adventures Records in the late 70s. Adventures Records is one of the oldest labels in New York. Founded in 1946.
Chuck Payne collaborated with Juggy Murray Jones. They recorded two songs entitled "Round Midnight" and "Understanding Heart". It was a big surprise for me when I noticed on the label about Juggy Murray. Arranged by Tommy James. Produced by Juggy Murray. 
I have chosen the song "Understanding Heart". Composed by himself.

Note: The above posted single is not played in full

# The other song "Round Midnight" is a jazz standard song which was composed by pianist Thelonious Monk. It is thought that Monk originally composed the song sometime in 1940 or 1941. "Round Midnight" appears in over 1000 albums.