Johnnie Mae Matthews

“I have no choice” / “My destination” (Hit & Run Records) 7′

Our 2nd release this time we’re entering classic territory. Simply an all-time iconic record which sounds as bright today as it ever did. For me, this is the best version of the wonderful Sharon McMahan song. The world-weary delivery from JM almost makes this a deepsoul wonder set at a mid-tempo dance pace.

Our flip here is a real raunchy 1963 r&b Mod dancer on the ‘Northern’ Detroit label, great side – unbelievable 57 years old – maybe explains why every copy I’ve ever found has been truly knackered.

Gary J Cape