Big Crown Records is happy to be reissuing a gem of a soul record from Portland’s own Shirley Nanette: Never Coming Back. A record that walks the line of jazz singer and soulstress and comes out with a sound that is unique in its own right. The album’s first digital single, “All Of Your Life” is available worldwide today. The full album, Never Coming Back, will be available digitally on September 16th. In the early seventies, Hank Swarn and Shirley Nanette collaborated on a project called Never Coming Back. Swarn had been on the road for five years, lending his guitar-backing talent to Earl Grant and his band.
While on tour, he wrote some tunes that were ultimately released on the Never Coming Back album. Al Nanette approached Hank about putting together a record with Shirley, who was also keen on getting in the studio. Luckily, Swarn already had songs to bring to the session. With the support of some talented local musicians, the album was recorded mostly in one or two takes in a little over a week. Unfortunately, the album saw little exposure. Needless to say, this tremendous effort by Nanette, who continues to sing and perform in Portland, has touched the hearts of many who’ve recently heard the album for the first time.
With this first single, Shirley Nanette turns the heat up with a bombshell of a funk tune that has played a large hand in driving up the price of original copies of Never Coming Back. “All Of Your Life” starts with a pulsing intro accentuated by tasteful guitar notes and breaks all the way loose from the first note Shirley sings. This is the first of several tracks from a record that is a cornucopia of soul and jazz energies that Nanette and producer Henry Swarn harnessed perfectly.