“If a man ever loved a woman (Baby I love you)”/ “I don’t want a divided love”
Label: Soul Junction Records – Catalog: SJ544 – Release Date: Monday 12th July 2021 Format: 7”
Jesse James returns with the follow up to his hugely acclaimed previous release “(The Girl In) Clinton Park” SJ543. Once again, it’s another previously unissued recording found and taken from the same 1971 Searra Sound Studio session tape as “Clinton Park”. The title of this latest offering is “IF a Man Ever Loved A Woman (Baby I Love You)” which is a splendid cover version of a song previously recorded by Dallas, Texas recording artist Bobby Patterson.
North Broad Street (NBS) #5 is two previously unissued tracks brought to you from two reels NBS where very lucky to receive from Cali with 4 wonderful tracks.
The year was 1982 in Detroit, where at this small studio used by many artists, as the studio time was cheaper than a few of the others, Mr Ruffin laid these tracks down, NBS where told, in one afternoon. After listening to the original reels, NBS felt there needed to be a few tweaks here and there, so off they went to Glasgow where Colin (Law) and John (Buckley) and Greg Kane, their magician of an engineer, went to work. Eventually they emerged into the Glasgow night with two very cool tracks that they feel are going totally light the dance floors up. Colin said “it is an absolute honour to once again add to our Detroit renaissance series with another iconic artist. To know that it’s never been heard or brought out in any format before is very exciting for us and a must and hopefully for you as well.”
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.
Released in 1973 on a Motown Promotional only release to support the Mayoral election campaign of Coleman Young. The Originals consisted of C.P.Spencer, F.Gorman, W.Gaines and H.Dixon were known as Motown’s best kept secret and never really had the success they should have. In the third of the series, we move to 1973 Detroit. But to really appreciate the story of this release we first need to step back to 1969 when Richard Austin ran for Mayor of Detroit. This was a turning point for the city although Richard Austin was defeated at the general election it was becoming clear that the populace of Detroit wanted change.
After the release of the charts hitter “Don’t Need Your Love” earlier this year it’s now time to follow up with the last two songs out of the reel to reel tape recorded by The Words at Talun & Trc Studios in Indianapolis in 1982. I feel I really need to explain what went on with the original recordings though. Please be patient and ber with me.