- I Gotcha - JOE TEX (Dial D-1010)
- Hearsay - THE SOUL CHILDREN (Stax STA-0119)
- Betcha By Golly, Wow - THE STYLISTICS (Avco AV-4591)
- Gimme Some More - THE JB’s (People PE 602)
- Now Run And Tell That - DENISE LaSALLE (Westbound W 201)
- In The Rain (Single Edit) - THE DRAMATICS (Volt VOA-4075)
- Woman’s Gotta Have It - (The Preacher) BOBBY WOMACK (United Artists 50902)
- I’ll Take You There (Single Edit) - THE STAPLES SINGERS (Stax STA-0125)
- Rip Off - LAURA LEE (Hot Wax HS 7204)
- Outa-Space - BILLY PRESTON (A&M 1320)
- (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right - LUTHER INGRAM (Koko KOA-2111)
- Everybody Plays The Fool - THE MAIN INGREDIENT (RCA 74-0731)
- Too Late To Turn Back Now - CORNELIUS BROTHERS and SISTER ROSE (United Artists 50910)
- Oh Girl - THE CHI-LITES (Brunswick B 55471)
- Back Stabbers - THE O’JAYS (Philadelphia International ZS7 3517)
- Think (About It) - LYN COLLINS (The Female Preacher) (People PE 608)
- Power Of Love - JOE SIMON (Spring SPR 128)
- Starting All Over Again - MEL and TIM (Stax STA-0127)
- I’m Still In Love With You - AL GREEN (Hi 45-2216)
- Baby Sitter - BETTY WRIGHT (Alston A-4614)
- If You Don’t Know Me By Now - HAROLD MELVIN and THE BLUE NOTES (Philadelphia International ZS7 3520)
- Get On The Good Foot - Part 1 - JAMES BROWN (Polydor PD 14139)
- Me And Mrs. Jones (Single Edit) - BILLY PAUL (Philadelphia International ZS7 3521)
- Trying To Live My Life Without You - OTIS CLAY (Hi 45-2226)
- Use Me - BILL WITHERS (Sussex SUX 241)
a 76 oversized-pages wad of deep liner notes by world-renowned R&B and Soul expert
BILL DALH with Discography details from DAVE "Daddy Cool" BOOTH. There’s black and white/colour publicity pictures of the artists, the single labels/album covers where relevant and adverts from the US music press. Quality all the way...
“In The Rain”. But I’m properly blown away by the sound quality on the 7" edit of “I’ll Take You There” by The Staple Singers - just fantastic and one of my all time fave raves. Even perennials as common as “Oh Girl”, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”, “Me And Mrs. Jones” and “Back Stabbers” sound utterly brilliant - while “Use Me”, “Think (About It)” and “Get On The Good Foot” are lifted to a plain of Funky Nirvana.
I Don’t Want To Be Right”, Main Ingredient’s chipper “Everybody Plays The Fool” and the fabulous upbeat Northern Soul strings and girly backing vocals of Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose’s
“Too Late To Turn Back Now”. Wonderful clarity and real care taken in the transfers. Genius choices go to Joe Simon’s lesser-heard stepper “Power Of Love”, Otis Clay’s ‘five packs a day’ song “Trying To Live My Life Without You” and Betty Wright’s ‘man-getter’ funky warning “Baby Sitter”.
And you can’t help but think that Hall & Oates stole their entire sound from Mel and Tim’s fabulous “Starting All Over Again”. It was written by Prince Phillip Mitchell for Stax before he joined Atlantic in the late Seventies (see my reviews for his “Make It Good” and “Top Of The Line” CDs on Rhino) -Hall & Oates covered in on their 1990 set “Change Of Season”. The sound quality on “Starting All Over Again” is unbelievable.