... because I am still here! Oh dear! Nearly another month has gone by since my last post. But, yes, this blog is still alive, albeit crawling into its second decade. An intermittent service may still continue for a couple of months - I'm feverishly busy at work at the moment and by the time I get home usually all I want to do is sit down and vegetate in front of the TV, or idly browse on my new tablet - not my normal mode I have to say. I'm not short of music to share, but I am short of time to listen to it and research a few words to say about it. Here is another 45 from the little stack I was so glad to find at a local record fair a few weeks ago. This one was a bit of an impulse purchase I have to say, and not nearly as cheap as the others. I usually set myself tight limits on what I'm willing to shell out on records, and in truth get a real buzz from finding great sounds for peanuts. In this instance, however, I let curiosity take its course and dug into a box of more expensive 45s to see if what lay in the grooves could honestly justify the price tag. The answer generally was no it couldn't - at least not to me - except for this Peacock 45, the one and only record Willie Tomlin released as far as I can tell. The lyrics are just great fun and had me hooked straightaway. (I didn't spend a fortune on it, just a bit more than I usually would consider). I can't tell you anything about Willie Tomlin, except that he's one cat that's clean! Willie Tomlin - Check Me Baby 1968 ... and he was almost certainly inspired by this:
This blog is 10 years old today! It was inconceivable to me back in 2006 that, 10 years later, Feel It would still be alive. So I had been wondering lately how to mark this occasion. A mix of a few things that have appeared here down the years, maybe one from each year? Perhaps some discussion on how the internet has continued to change the way we discover, and listen to, music in the years since this blog was born? Nice ideas, but time is short - my life in general continues to be pretty busy at the moment. And there's the rub. Maybe I'm not quite as enthusiastic about this little project as I once was because I am managing to do neither of the things mentioned above, which a landmark such as this should surely warrant. Instead I will just mark another year of operation of this blog in the usual way... by thanking you for still dropping by, letting you know I'm not intending to hang up the closed sign yet... and wishing Candi Staton a Happy Birthday.
promised here is the Gloria Lynne 45 that the eagle-eyed Ravel
spotted in the pictures in my last post that featured my most recent little 45
Mia Wilson was born in Harlem in 1929. Her NY Times obituary tells us
she took a male friend's name, who would become her husband –
Alleyne – as a stage name in the Fifties, but soon shortened it to
Lynne, after so many presenters had trouble pronouncing Alleyne.
initially sung in groups including the Dell Tones, The Enchanters, and The
Dorsey Sisters. Her solo career started sometime around 1958. At
least one single was released under her birth name, on Dawn records,
but her career really took off under the name Gloria Lynne when she
was signed to Everest Records. Between 1958 and 1970 – her most
active period – she then had numerous 45 and album releases, and
toured with the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, and Billy Eckstine,
Although typically labelled a Jazz vocalist her repertoire extended
to Jazz, R&B, Soul and lush Pop arrangements, and her songs were
often difficult to categorise. She had a fine voice and didn't really
get the full recognition, or lasting recording breaks she deserved.
The NY Times obit recounts unscrupulous management, and this coupled
with changing musical tastes meant the Seventies would prove a low
point for her. Later her career would revive and she moved into more
pure Jazz circles and toured and performed with Jazz luminaries such
as Quincy Jones.
that Gloria Lynne had at least two 45 releases on the Seeco label,
which were in the middle of her run of Everest releases. I'm not sure
what the story is behind these Seeco 45s (incidentally Dawn, where
Gloria made one of early 45 outings, it seems was a subsidiary label
of Seeco), they do seem to be fairly obscure, possibly recorded prior
to her Everest hook up and released in an attempt to cash in on her
sure which is the A side here, all I know is I'm Not Afraid
Anymore is a great jump blues / R&B number and the
stronger side to my mind. I have seen Is There Someone For Me
listed as the A side though, which is quite possible, it is a much
more pop slanted ballad and might have had more chart potential at
the time, Gloria certainly lifts it above the average.
What happened to February. Lots of stuff going on (in a good way
mostly), and busy at work too (for a change). During such times the
blog has to take a back seat. Hunting for, or even playing, vinyl
doesn't get much of a look in either. Something approaching normal
service should be resumed now though.
pictures document a little haul of cheap 45s picked up a couple of
weeks ago at the little local record fair I've mentioned on more than
one occasion here before. I have come away from recent visits each
time expecting it to be the last time I manage to mine any Soul, but
I keep going back and keep getting proved wrong. Very pleased with
this little lot. Had I flicked past all of these on previous visits?
It's possible, but I think most of these I hadn't seen before, so
there is hope for the next time. These 45s were just about my first
vinyl purchases (of any variety) of the year. For me it has indeed
been quiet on the vinyl front of late. Acquisitions are starting to
be made again now but I have resolved to be more selective with my
purchases (especially at the charity shops and car boot sales) this
year; space - i.e. the lack of it - is now a serious problem. Let's see though, addictions
are hard to crack!
been playing a lot of David Bowie this last week or so. His passing
hit me hard. David won't be feeling lonely at the gates, every day
seems to bring news of the passing of another name from the musical
over the kitchen table so to speak, alerted me to the death of a
great singer – Otis Clay – recently. Otis died of a heart attack,
age 73, two days before David Bowie. Otis Clay had a wonderful Soul
and Blues voice and had been actively singing right up to his
passing. He started his solo career in 1965 on the aptly named
One-derful! Label (and I realise I don't have enough of his releases
on that label.) Is It Over, featured here, is a tortured
ballad of real intensity; produced by a moonlighting Willie Mitchell
late in 1970 and release on Cotillion early in 1971. Otis would move
to Willie's Hi label soon after and continue to release some top
drawer Southern Soul. More recently he was a regular on the Blues and
few days ago another legend of Southern Soul - Clarence Reid –
succumbed to liver cancer. Some people may have known him by his
alter ego Blowfly. As Blowfly he performed sexually explicit material
in the 70s and 80s. I have never really explored that side of his
career, knowing him better as a producer and writer for many Florida
based acts, such as Betty Wright, Gwen McCrae and KC & The
Sunshine Band. He also released some material under his own name in
the early 70s too.
going to be quite a party up there this month. Rest In Peace guys.
Thanks for everything David. Ever since I saw you perform Starman on TOTP your music has been spinning around in my head, not always to the fore but always there, a bedrock. A part of my life has died. Don't think we will see your like again. I am sort of lost for words, and even if I had the words I wouldn't be able to see through the tears to type them.
should be a time for looking forward but I always find myself in a
contemplative mood and looking back, thinking about the passage of
time. It probably has something to do with my birthday being on New
recent days I've been digging deep into my collection and have pulled
out a few albums I haven't played enough down the years. When you
have 1000+ albums an equally large number of singles I suppose that
statement will actually apply to most of my records!
thought I had featured The Bar-Kays 1972 album Do You See What I
See? before here, but a
quick trawl through my old posts seems to say not. If in fact it has
featured and I have bent your ear with the following musings before,
with my contemplative mood there are a few things worth saying about
this album. In my teens a friend of mine had a copy of this album.
Those were the days when department stores used to have racks of cut
outs, and I think that is where he probably found his copy. He was
very artistic and it was the cover that probably attracted him to it.
Of course we only had pocket money, or a Saturday shelf stacking job
(in my case) to provide meagre funds for record buying then, so we
couldn't afford to buy much, especially blind. I shudder to think
what we passed on in those racks back in the day. Anyway I remember
listening to this album at his parent's house a few times and it
stuck in the memory.
forward to 2004. That was when I joined the ebay hoards and I thought
it was time I started acquiring some of the albums I had loved down
the years but never owned. This Bar-Kays album was one of the first
records, if not the first, I ever purchased on ebay. When I
bought it I probably played it maybe three times at most and so for
the last 10 years at least(!) it has been filed away in the
collection unplayed – until today. Even so, ever since I first
heard it at my friend's house back in the Seventies, it has been one
of those records that has been with me in my mind, every now and then
popping into my thoughts, or jumping onto my mental jukebox. It's
funny how just certain records can do that, specific memories give
some a helping hand I suppose.
here we are in 2016. I understand the vinyl revival continues apace.
Apparently the biggest selling home audio product on Amazon this
Christmas was a $50 all in one turntable. Most of these have been
bought by, presumably young, people new to the wonders of vinyl I
would guess. So a whole new generation will be buying their first
records. The format kind of demands the music contained is listened
to at home, and in the case of albums, straight through. No listening
on the move through headphones, no constant skipping and shuffling
the virtual collection. Maybe such behaviour will cause a few more
records to be lodged in peoples' memory for the long term, just as
this Bar-Kays album has in mine.
You See What I See? has great packaging – incidentally probably
one reason why people are flooding back to vinyl – a gatefold
sleeve of thick card, matt finished, with striking artwork. The
artwork documents many of the big themes and questions haunting
America in the early Seventies and hints at the tone of social
consciousness that courses through many of the tracks on the album,
although there are some killer ballads, in the simpler vein of love,
on the album too. Here are two tracks to give you an idea.
Mostly vinyl, mostly a private pleasure - until now.
Music posted here I have bought and gained much pleasure from listening to down the years (or months, or days!). So in the spirit of an 'all back to mine' it's time to share it.
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