A little late into the month but with Soul Essence just around the corner, I’m motivated to get some reviews onto the website. Enjoy!!.
First off, the deeper side:
Paul Williams; “Once you had a heart”
We all know that feeling, you hear a song that just stops you in your tracks but you can’t find out a great deal more about it, so it was for me when Richard Searling played this on his Sunday morning show for Jazz FM up in Manchester many, many moons ago. It was only listening to some Temptations tracks on You Tube that I finally found it. Many of you will know it can only be found on The Temptations Anthology “One by one” (the best of their solo years). Williams grew up with Eddie Kendricks and with Kell Osbourne they formed the Primes and when Otis Williams was looking to bolster his group the Distants. Eddie & Paul were recruited. However things were not to stay good for Paul as he started to take less of a presence as lead singer and then his drinking habits caused the group to bring in Richard Street. This track seems so reflective of the hurt he was going through at the time as he sings about the lost love of his life, a beautiful arrangement and a great song for us to remember his life and contribution to our music, such a pity it never made it onto vinyl.
Continue reading Cotswold Cream Cuts – March 2018
“The following is based upon my personal knowledge, personal research and personal experiences”
Back in the day there were many artists whose music never made it to the mainstream but deserve to be noted. These groups produced some of the best music of the day, however, they were never able to sign with a major record label. Everyone knows about the major groups who climbed the charts from Motown, Stax, Buddha, and other major labels. There were quite a few whose music was played on “local” R&B radio stations but never reached the national scene. Many of these artists received more recognition in Europe than was afforded them here in the USA. Although a couple were signed with the major labels, they were never “marketed”. In fact, there were even a few from right here in Boston, Massachusetts…… Those I will get to later.
Continue reading Don Brown – USA (March 2018)