It's nearly three years since we released the last volume in this
respected series; here's another package full of ultra-rarities,
collector's pieces, unissued gems and classic dancers.
The eye-opener will be the previously unissued version of 'I Only
Cry Once A Day Now', a superb Gene Page arrangement known and
treasured as being by the Puffs but performed here by the mighty
Fidels. Fellow Los Angeles vocal group the Hyperions contribute
the intensely catchy and exciting 'Why Do You Wanna Treat Me
Like You Do', while the very rare single 'Dream Girl' by the Lon
Genes gives further kudos to that city's soul reputation. Difosco
aka Dee Ervin recorded the ebullient 'Sunshine Love' for another
Los Angeles imprint, Earthquake, and its standing among
collectors continues to grow. Here we finally put out the correct
brass-filled version of Peggy Woods' great Modern Records tape -
not properly heard since its mid-80s discovery.
That much-travelled ambassador of soul, Sidney Barnes, has
licensed us not only his early super-rare NYC song and production
on Little Nicky Soul, 'I Wanted To Tell You', but also two of his later
"under the radar" creations on Andre Scott and Jean Carter. Sid's
Detroit production partner and later superstar George Clinton has
one of his earliest works from his New Jersey days, Tamala Lewis'
'You Won't Say Nothing', an established Northern Soul classic in
Jackie Day's 'Naughty Boy', Johnnie Taylor's 'Friday Night' and
Betty Turner's 'The Winds Kept Laughing'. An even more
established "oldie" is given an interesting new twist with an earlier
session of Maxine Brown's 'One In A Million', a precursor to the
released version that is so loved; the subtle differences make it an
Jack Ashford's Just Productions tapes have turned up an earlier
version of his 'Fly To My Loving Arms', simply called 'I Can Fly'.
The great male vocal group sound of the Magnificents are first rate
on this fabulous song. A Detroit Emeralds LP-only track called
'Long Live The King' has found favour with soul fans recently and
sounds vibrant here. The distinctive vocals of O.C. Tolbert give
Dave Hamilton's 'Marriage Is Only A State Of Mind' a soulful twist
on a recent tape discovery, and a pretty Carla Thomas recording
(unreleased until 1992) called 'Little Boy' is the perfect ender to this
collection of treasures.
There are two majestic big beat ballads from Jack Nitzsche's Los
Angeles vaults. The Nooney Ricket track is unissued and the
terrific Daniel A Stone take on 'Young Boy Blues' has only been
heard on an Ace CD before. Jock Mitchell's moody and mysterious
'Nomad Woman' fits snugly between the pair. Finally, we have two
excellent early Chicago soul rarities from the Vows and the Kittens
who were stalwarts of that soulful city.