Today I’m repping my home town & going for a local release. Edentree hail from Norwich & only released one 45 on the Major Minor label. “Call My Name” is the B-Side of “You Are All I Need”. I love blue eyed soul like this track, the hammond player sounds very reminiscent of Alan Hawkshaw & overall this sounds like it was recorded earlier than 1970. It surprises me that they didn’t get past one release as this is a strong tune & really deserves more exposure.
Edentree “Call My Name”
Few can boast a career as long as Little Anthony & The Imperials, forming in the late 50’s as a Doo Wop/R&B combo to being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2009. The 45 that I’ve chosen for today, is their version of “Let The Sunshine In”, which was composed by Galt MacDermot (who wrote the music to the hit musical “Hair”). The vocal on this cover drips with energy & sweat & I think this is my favorite version of this track.
Little Anthony & The Imperials “Let The Sunshine In (The Flesh Failures)”
Few can lay claim to shaping modern music in the way Little Richard has, from playing a major part in the foundation of Rock ‘n’ Roll, to his wild on stage antics, he really deserves the title of a legend. “Hurry Sundown” features in the film of the same title, & was composed by Buddy Kaye & Hugo Montenegro. This is a beautiful song that lifts & builds, & Little Richards vocal is soaked in soul, makes you want to testify!
The Motown catalogue has been plundered over the years, & many crimes have been committed against this legendary label (Bowie & Jaggers “Dancing In The Street” being a prime example). Mongo Santamaria takes on “Cloud Nine” (the classic Temptations track) & wins!, heavy bass, drums, percussion & mega loud cowbell backs up the brass cavalry for a full funky latin jazz onslaught. This track reminds me of the Jimmy Castor Bunch “It’s Just Begun” , I think it must be a bass & cowbell thang?.
Mongo Santamaria “Cloud Nine”
I think people are more familiar with the Mighty Clouds Of Joy’s version of “Time”, which is great, but doesn’t hold a candle to Jackie’s version. This powers along with some seriously fat drums, choppy wah wah guitar & some tight memphis sounding horns, I love this track, & I remember when I first found this single, playing it over & over again, because I couldn’t believe just how good it is!
Jackie Moore “Time”
Kinda messed up, as this technically is day 5, but I had to go on a road trip yesterday, so things got a bit messed up. Anyways, enough of this wittering on & lets get stuck into the music! This is the B-Side to “Maybe I’m Amazed” which is a lovely cover by Lena, but the B-Side “Feels So Good” unleashes Lena’s femme funk side, with buckets of soul & a tight ol’ brass section. Another one from the magic box that provided day 1 & 3’s offerings.
Lena Horne “Feels So Good”
Instagram have been running a record a day for a few months, due to the constraints that they put on the criteria of each day, I found it difficult to find something everyday to post. So I’ve decided to do my own vinyl challenge, & I’m going to post up a 45 (7″ Single) everyday from my collection. I’m not sure weather to go in alphabetical order, but it just so happens that today’s platter is by Ray Anthony & is called the Arabian Funk.
I found this a few years ago in a charity shop, along with a really good bunch of other singles. It’s got a great hard sound to it, with an over blown sax line, juicy moogs & some concrete drums, niceness all round! This has appeared on a compilation called “Movements”.
Day 1 Ray Anthony “The Arabian Funk”