‘I Can’t Make It’ /‘I Can’t Stop Loving’ 

Label: Izipho Soul Records
Catalogue Number: ZP94
Release Date: 20th Oct 2023 
Format: 7’

IZIPHO SOUL in association with SOUL SESSION are extremely proud to present the 7” release of ALVAREZ’s ‘I Can’t Make It’ and ‘I Can’t Stop Loving You’ – two exceptional pieces of previously unissued music, taken from the only known 1977 Columbia Promotional Test Pressing LP, courtesy of Tamas Bogyo (Soul Session). These tracks are from the same session that spawned the Polydor 7” ‘Sooner Or Later’, however the album never gained a release.

Jesus Alvarez (as he was known back then) was the other voice on Shirley and Company’s ‘Shame, Shame, Shame’. The Sylvia Robinson connection was evident prior to this worldwide hit with a couple of singles on Vibration, such as ‘Please Stay Don’t Go’. His other musical productions / performances have included The Willow Band’s ‘Willowman’ and The Nicky Newarkers ‘Woman’. 

Patrick Biggerstaff