Release Date: Monday December 13th 2010
After a two year absence from our previous release from Natural Impulse
“She Went Away” we eventually return with two previously unissued tracks by them.
The A-side is a great uptempo 70’s dancer “We’re Gonna Make It Through” that’s sure to get everyone’s
While the b-side features the more funk orientated
“Make It Or Break It” which is an edited version of the original six minute long studio take.
The story behind the discovery of these two tracks is what really makes what we do so worthwhile.
Jesus (Jess) Gonzales the bass guitarist with Natural Impulse while sorting out some items to donate to a
local charity came across an old cassette player.
Luckily for us all he had the piece of mind to open it up.
Upon doing so he discovered that it still contained a cassette and thus played it.
To his delight he found three forgotten unissued tracks that had been laid down during the 70’s only to have lain
gathering dust for the last 32 years.
Jess contacted Rick Ramos who forwarded a soundbite of each of the tracks to us at Soul Junction wanting to know
if they were of any use to us,
“damn! right they are” was the reply.
So all that’s left to say is “Welcome back Natural Impulse, you really have made it through!!”
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John Anderson or Dave Welding
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The Invitations came to prominence through their classic 60’s soul recordings, “What’s Wrong With Me Baby” and “Skiing In The Snow” on Dynovoice records. More recently their second release for the MGM label “”Watch Out Little Girl” has grown in popularity within the Northern Soul scene.
After the groups association with MGM finished they then signed with the Diamond label, releasing just one single “Got To Have It Now”. The Diamond label was owned by Joel Diamond who during the early 70’s re-signed the Invitations to his Polydor distributed ,”Silver Blue” label. Where they cut a string of excellent releases with the likes of “Look On The Good Side” and “They Say The Girls Crazy” ensuring the group continued popularity.
A later 70’s release the funky “We Don’t Allow (no sitting In Here)” would appear on the Red Greg label.
During the late 60’s and early 70’s the group were regular visitors to the UK, firstly performing under the stage name of the “American Drifters” before eventually reverting to the Invitations on later tours. They returned to the UK in 2005 to perform at the Assembly Rooms Derby followed by the Hemsby” Motown” Weekender.
In 2009 the group under their own Invite records banner released the” Missing You” album. Although being little more than a vanity project to sound out a potential market with a limited pressing run of only 100 copies the album did contain some excellent songs.
It is from this album that we have taken the following songs “It Was A Woman” backed with “Heavenly Love” which incidentally only appears on the album as a instrumental version, for our next Soul Junction 45 release.
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David Hudson “The Royal Sessions” Soul Junction LP5002
David Hudson has always been held in very high regard for the excellent southern soul releases which he recorded for the Alston and Waylo labels respectively.
It was during his time with Waylo that David was placed under the auspicious of producer Willie “Pops” Mitchell at his Royal Sound Studios In Memphis. Under Willie’s guidance, David recorded his excellent 1987 album “Nite And Day” of which 3 tracks would later gain a 45 release.
A further album project was planned but before it could be completed the Waylo label had decided to pull out of the Royal Sound Studios, thus leaving the project uncompleted.
A total of eight tracks (with a long and short version of one of the songs) had been laid down but were left to gather dust in the vaults. That is until now, so after over 20 years of anonymity you finally have before you David Hudson’s forgotten “Royal Sound Sessions”.
We have decided to release the album on the format that it was originally intended to have been released on at the time, good old fashioned vinyl. Enjoy!!
“I Feel Your Love Changing/It’s Time For Change”
Soul Junction 508.
Jesse James, real name James McClelland was born October 3rd I943 in El Dorado, Arkansas. The pseudonym of Jesse James arose when early on in his career a club promoter struggled to pronounce his surname correctly and decided to introduce him to the audience as Jesse James and from there on in the name just stuck.
Jesse’s recording career has now entered its 50th year during which time he has recorded many classic songs the likes of “Are You Gonna Leave Me” (Shirley119). His 1966 release for Hit records, “Believe In Me Baby “(6120) which later gained a release on the major 20th Century label.
His 1987 hit “I can Do Bad By Myself” (TTED 3026) and what most people in the UK and Europe regard as his signature song “If You Want A Love Affair”(20th Century 2201) recorded during his second spell with the label in 1975.
It was during this second spell with 20th Century, that Jesse composed “I Feel Your Love Changing” for a future release, but due to the label putting all their resources in the promotion of Barry White sadly no further interest was shown in the track. Although the song was later recorded by Ester Philips and Sharon Ridley under the abbreviated tile of “Changin’” Jesse’s original version remained unreleased and in the can until now.
So 35 years on from its inception Soul Junction records have at last given Jesse James’s “I Can Feel Your Love Changing” the exposure it duly deserves. The Flipside of the 45 features an alternative version of “It Time For A Change” a social comment track featured on Jesse’s 2009 cd album, “Get In Touch With Me”.
The cd version of “It’s Time For A Change” is interspersed with vocal extracts from the recent American presidential campaign which features the crowd chanting President Obama’s name. These are omitted from the 45 version but without detracting from the songs poignant message.
Mike Jemison “Hold On, He’s Coming/Call On Me” Soul Junction 507
Detroiter Mike Jemison is best remembered for the plethora of secular releases that he recorded for Ernest Kelley’s independent Geneva label during the 1970’s and 80’s. Of which the excellent “You’ll Never Get My Love” is now regarded as a modern soul anthem.
Mike had honed his vocal skills as a five year old in his father’s church, singing alongside his brother Clarence and their sisters Sylvia, LaDonna and Janice in the family group known as “The Jemisonettes”.
In 1986 Mike recorded “Congratulations/Ain’t No Use (Geneva 600) which was to be his last secular recording. The following year Mike returned to the recording studio to cut the acclaimed gospel album “He’s My Friend” for the Sound City Label.
In 1991 Mike was ordained as a Baptist Minister but still continues to perform and record as a gospel artist often sharing the same billing as Aretha Franklin.
It is from Mike’s most recent album project that we at Soul Junction have lifted the following two tracks. The upbeat “Hold On, He’s Coming” which marries Mike’s excellent vocals with a strong dance beat, a song we feel has great crossover potential with soul and gospel fans alike. Together with the flipside, which features the more sophisticated “Call On Me”, the title song from the album.
Mike Jemison Biography
Michael (Mike) Jemison was born on February 4th 1958 on the East side Of Detroit. He was the third child of six who were raised by the Reverend Wilson Jemison Sr and his wife Annabel.
Mike had honed his vocal skills as a five year old in his father’s church singing alongside his brother Clarence and their sisters Sylvia, LaDonna and Janice in the family group known as “The Jemisonettes”.
Mikes introduction to secular music would not come about until he had completed a degree in business studies at the Franklin University in Columbus Ohio. Mike had been a long time friend of Carolyn Franklin, (Aretha’s little sister). It was following an introduction by Carolyn that Mike first became involved with his future mentor Ernest Kelley who signed him to his Geneva label.
Mikes first recording session in 1973 yielded a funkier version of the Soul Twins classic “Quick Change Artist” coupled with “I Want Some Satisfaction” (Geneva 506).
Ernest Kelley had previously recorded “I Want Some Satisfaction” on some of his other artists, Willie Collins, Billy Sha-Rae and Betty Bibbs in the hope of turning the song in to a future Standard.
Mikes next release came in 1975 when he cut “When Your Around/Let’s Bring Back The Good Times”(Geneva 510) which was later leased to United Artists just as they were about to disband their record division.
A second deal with a major label would later follow. Through Ernest Kelley’s relationship with Henry Allen at Atlantic Records Mike was signed to their subsidiary label, Cotillion. Cotillion only issued one release on Mike Jemison the 1984 recording
“You Make Me Feel The Way You Do” a cover version of a Barrett Strong song from two years earlier. Sadly due to the sudden death of Henry Allen the Atlantic deal ended prematurely. A further proposed deal with MCA never came to fruition due to the death of Al Perkins.
Mike Jemison’s Geneva releases had been gaining a popular following amongst modern soul aficionados in the UK especially his next release “You Never Get My Love” (Geneva 514) which is now regarded as a all time anthem. “You Never Get My Love” was also issued on the Lake label using the same catalogue number as the Geneva release.
In 1986 Mike recorded “Congratulations/”Ain’t No Use” (Geneva 600) which was to be his last secular recording. A compilation album of Mikes Geneva recording was later released for the Japanese market.
In 1987 Mike recorded the acclaimed gospel album “He’s My Friend” for the City Sound Label. The album featured “Reflections of the Man Inside” which also gained a 45 release.
Mike Jemison is a devoted family man, who with his wife Kimberley, have raised a family of four fine children, Stephan, Leah, Christopher and Sasha, with Sasha being somewhat of a four year old singing and dancing sensation!
In1991 Mike was ordained as a Baptist Minister and still continues to perform and record as a gospel artist, often sharing the same billing as Aretha Franklin, who he accompanied when she was honoured by Washington TV station BET on their Walk of Fame programme.
Following on from his 2007 “Worthy” album release, Mike has been working his current album project, and it is from this that we at Soul Junction have lifted the following two tracks.
The upbeat “Hold On, He’s Coming” which marries Mike’s excellent vocals with a strong dance beat. A song we feel has great crossover potential with soul and gospel fans alike. Together with the Title song from the album “Call On Me” a sophisticated Jazz influenced little number.
Mikes future plans also include recording a live show at the Christ Word Outreach Ministry Church in Detroit, of which he is the Pastor.
Bill Spoon I Can’t Wait (Until The Weekend) / The One Who Really Loves You
Soul Junction 506. Release Date: Monday 15th February
Soul Junction’s first 45 release of 2010 will feature Bill Spoon’s previously unissued “I Can’t Wait (Until The Weekend)” a excellent 70’s dance track that was discovered by Mr Dave “Top Dog” Thorley on one of his record buying trips stateside, and who later very graciously introduced us to Bill Spoon.The flipside of this release “The One Who Really Loves You” was previously issued in the early 90’s on a 12” format. an excellent song with a late 60’s feel that should have reached a wider audience but for a then prejudice by some to12” releases and the somewhat muffled vocals on that release, a problem we hope to have rectified on this time around.
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William Franklin Bell-Weatherspoon (Bill Spoon) although originally a native of Bessemer, Alabama, first began his performing career when his family later relocated to Cleveland, Ohio.
In Cleveland, Bill’s earliest performances were with a un-named street corner group which also included his close friend, Riki Dannison (a.k.a. Riki Sonda, the co-writer on” I Can’t Wait”). This friendship was briefly interrupted by a stint in the military. Upon their return in1965 they rekindled their friendship and together with Leroy Elie and John Berry they formed the group known as the “Soulnotes” recording “How Long Will It Last” for Way Out records.
Following brief but unproductive spells with Stax records (Memphis) and Polydor records (L.A) Bill later returned to Cleveland. In 1979 a collaboration between Bill, Lou Ragland and West Coast producer Gene Dozier produced Bills most successful recording, a 45 single “Love Is On The Way” for Highland Records.
A decade of inactivity recording wise followed, before in 1990 Bill in partnership with Hense Powell and Herbert Santifer collaborated on the “Talk To Me” project.This collaboration was to produce the “Talk To Me” album, a four track 12” single containing the previously mentioned “The One Who Really Loves You” and a 7” re-issue single of “Love Is On The Way” all on Hense Powell’s Hense Forth Music Co label. The Hense Forth releases although receiving very little exposure or success in the USA, did go on to find a more appreciative audience within the U.K.
John Anderson or Dave Welding
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Lou Wilson & Today’s People “Settle Down” (Soul Junction 505)
Lou (Loise E.) Wilson was born in Senatobia Mississippi. With his family later moving to Memphis Tennessee. As a perfomer Lou’s recording career stretches back to the fifties, where as a founder member of Wade Flemons & the New Comers he recorded a top R & B hit with “Here I Stand” for Chicago’s Vee-Jay Records. As a solo performer Lou experienced further success with “This Love Is Getting Deeper” which appeared on the Kent Records subsidiary label, Supreme. Lou’s Next release “Got to Be Me” appeared on Columbia Records, this time under the name of Lou Edwards & Today’s People. The success of this release was not only confined to the U.S.A. Import copies f the 45 soon found there way into England reaching a whole army of new fans. It was the flipside of the Columbian release “Talkin’ ‘Bout Poor Folks. Thinkin’ ‘Bout My Folks” that caught the imagination of Northern Soul Scene, and has become regarded as an all time classic of this genre. Lou and his family had by now relocated to Kalamazoo Michigan. A further three releases appeared on the Detroit Crew label. Culminating in the acclaimed, 2005 cd album, “Blues Groove” which lou released on his own Frontline Label. It is from Lou’s current cd album “Money Talk” that Soul Junction has lifted two excellent southern soul tracks for its next 45 release, “Settle Down” b/w “Around the Corner from Love”.
For Further information please contact
John Anderson or David Welding
Tel; +44 (0)121 602 8115