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For Fans of 45s: What 7" Records R U Listening To Today? (Stictly Sevens)

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July 17, 2014 11:09PM
This is basically like the other What R U Listening To threads, but it’s strictly for the little guy instead. It seems like we sometimes glaze over these 45s, but they often sound better than the 12” counterpart. So it’s frankly about damn time we drop a little love for the seven.

Any genres are welcome here. As long as it’s 7 inches and spins on a platter, show a little love for it here. Try to show pics and\or vids and if at all possible, do a short review! We all wanna know your point a view, so spell it out for us!

I’ll get the ball rolling and keep it going, but this ain’t no Joe Schmoe Show so please add on!

The Blacks – I Gotta Go Now / Sock It To ‘Em J.B. 7” (Savage Records) 1998

^Gotta start with the punk, after all its music lives perfectly on the seven inch record. 3 white dudes from Sweden, named after Slick Black the band's guitarist and singer, so despite the name’s subtle implication it’s not a color thing. This is REALLY good punk, these guys are very tight on this cheap and fairly easy to find 7” single. It seems like with a lot of 45s, price doesn’t always correspond to quality.

Ante-Up – Live on the Wire / The Memphis Blues 7” (CBGB Records) 1993

^Speaking of punk, CBGB records dropped this oddball 3 piece band blues record back in 1993. The A side is wack, almost unlistenable, but the B definitely lives up to the 'B side = the good side' uneven coin flip rule. It might be called the Memphis Blues but to my ears it sounds like Texas blues. At the peak of the track the singer sings a cappella and then his guitar copies it on the next bar. This back and forth word and steel twang play continues until it’s worn out and they slam back into hard blues mode to end it off. If not for that nice little excursion this single wouldn’t be noteworthy at all.

Babyman – Iron Man / Sexy In the Night 7” (a Sexy) 2014

^Man what a DOPE seven! Both sides are sweet. File under German neo-disco. The funky 80s disco style cover of Iron Man is so great even Ozzy would dance (er, drunkenly sway) to that. He “ talks” the words with a Serge Gainsbourg cockiness in his broken German accent while he lets his soulful divas do all the real hard singing. I’d argue that the B side might be even better, it’s definitely funnier and arguably more lovable. I don’t know much about this dude, but I know he’s got an ear for a truly unique throwback funky style all while maintaining a broken English sexually charged German caricature personality. Yeah, that might be a little bit of a novelty, but it works for him, so I’m gonna keep digging for his sevens for sure.

Otis Clay & Louis XVI – Love Bandit / Love Bandit Vocoder 7” (Reliant Entertainment) 1983

^And speaking of 80s funky disco, here ya go! What a strange but effective departure for the Soul\Blues\Funk legend Otis Clay. He colabs with Louis XVI on the vocoder version and the results are funky enough to be mixed with club classics like “More Bounce”, or electro joints like “Jam On It”. The A side ain’t to bad either, but it’s definitely all about the robot voice for me.

X-25 Band – Black Hole Bop / Jam It 7” (Houston Connection Recording Corporation) 1982

^And speaking of "Jam On It", on this you got "Jam It". File that song under every other vocoder rip off track from the same era. It’s forgettable. But the A side, on the other hand, is a decent, fun example of ‘that sound’. First the chipmunk robot voice starts singing about the black hole and when he finally enters the black hole you pretty much know he’s now in the black hole because that’s what a black hole’s gotta sound like for sure. File under Fun-Loving-80s-Cosmic-Disco.

Sylvia and Ralfi Pagan – Soul Je T'aime / Sunday 7” (Vibration)

^Speaking of 80s, (sorry, I’m really stretching for connections now) the queen of early 80s Hip Hop and owner of Sugar Hill records, does a strangely sexually charged Serge Gainsbourg classic Soul Je T'aime which is quite different from the original. This 7” version is VERY different and much better than the more commonly played 12” single. It’s funkier, and discoier (<not a word). The flip is forgettable but the A side is a cool, slow romp thru the hay.

Brighter Side of Darkness – Love Jones / I’m The Guy 7” (20th Century Records) 1972

^Man, these kids NEED love on "Love Jones" so bad that it HURTS! A short-lived band that graced the dance floors of Soul Train (<WATCH that video HERE) One of them, lead singer Darryl Lamont, was actually a 12 year old kid when this came out. Sounds like a slightly less talented Michael Jackson, but he still has the voice to pull off vocal duties. This 7” version of the song (notice this trend) is funkier than the version on the 12”. You got the falsetto Barry White style of talk-crooning over slow, funky wah wah guitar. With the exception of the corny B side, this one is a nice sweet soul find at a cheap price.

Al Brown – The Whip Pt. 1 / Pt. 2 7” (BM Records) 1973

^Moving on to the instrumental soul\jazz sound. Funky Hammond, to be exact, and MAN this dude absolutely HAMMERS the keys on this split-in-two 7" single. Don’t know anything about the label or much about the man, but I know polished improvisational Hammond when I hear it. I got this for a steal of a price at a mere 3 bones.

Ben Branch & The Downhomers – Honey Man / Crowder Peas and Okra 7” (More Soul Records) 1966

^Before these guys got picked up by Cadet records they were in the underground Chicago soul scene on the windy city’s “More Soul” label. “Honey Man” is one of those midtempo rolling soul groovers with the title of the song “Honey Man!” (No doubt a reference to a drug dealer) is being shouted out as the fill between the mod-like musical verses. "Crowder Peas and Okra" is along the same lines, not nearly as catchy, but still a good chune.

In hindsight, I spent too much money on this because it was an original “More Soul Records” pressing which sounds a lot like the much cheaper Cadet record 7”. Oh well, you know what they say about hindsight…

Charlie Earland’s Erector Set - Cherie Amour / Yes-Suh’ 7” (Eldorado Records) Unknown Year

^What a cool-ass name for your band Charlie Earland! I too had a few Erector Sets in my preteen years and countless erection sets once I hit puberty. This Hammond organ instrumental of Stevie Wonder’s hit is as dope as you’d want it to be. “ Yes-Suh” ain’t no slouch on the keys either. Like the 2 records above this one, file under mid tempo instrumental soul. I don’t know if this is from the 60s or more modern but it definitely sounds like something Richard Groove Holmes would have in his jukebox.

The Brothers and Sisters – For Brothers Only / Make Me Sad 7” (Midas Records) 1969

^Sticking with that sound again, this one is really cool! Both sides, in fact, are groovy jazz mod tunes. “Make Me Sad” is hastily titled, it’s actually the exact opposite of being sad.

Time for a video…

The Fourth Room – Vote / You Better Do Right 7” (MCQ) Unknown Year

^Long before there was conscious Hip Hop there was conscious psych\soul. I don’t know if it’s psych or soul but it’s got the elements of guitar fuzz and the uplifting crooning of soul and the forthrightness to spread the importance of casting your vote in the ballot box. "Vote" is ok, the flipside is where it’s at for sure. It's a nice instrumental, oddly funky.

Calvin Arnold – Mama-In-Law / ‘same’ 7” (Venture) Unknown Year

^This double A-Side DJ Promo is a funky blues track from the legendary Calvin Arnold. I got a pretty good mama-in-law, and I’d bet that even she’d laugh and shake her groove thang to this song about how C.A. got married to two women on the same day... one was his wife, the other her mom. The track starts out with the M.I.L. yelling at him to do something and he interrupts the nag to yell “Woman, shut up!” as he starts airing his grievances in song. After a funky guitar breakdown at the end she starts bitching again and he must raise his hand to her because you can hear her cower and scream in fear as the song fades out. This kind of funky indigence would never fly nowadays but back then it was apparently perfectly normal as a theme for a funky song. He never hit her, I heard no punch sound effect, and he’s clearly at wit’s end about this woman living in his house, and this song is super dope, so frankly, I completely forgive him.

The Bar-Kays – Copykat / In the Hole 7” (Volt) 1969

^KABOOM!!! This is essential Stax\Volt. With “In the Hole” you got the party song with people talking about (and in the process of) partying to a chugging funk groove, and with “Copy Kat” you got DJ Premier’s killer sample for Non-Phixion’s “Rock Star”. It was also (less effectively) sampled by Cypress Hill. So, in a nutshell, both sides of this 7 are dope! This staple Bar-Kays single should be in every serious diggers crate in one form or the other.

This wasn’t cheap when I bought it, but now it is for some reason. One of those strange price drops during a vinyl boom that makes you scratch your head. So if you don’t already have it, that’s actually good for you! That means you should get it without any money guilt before the price goes the other direction.

BTW, here's that sample...

...used on this DJ Premier beat for Non Phixion...

Bros. In Co-Op – Listen Heah / Windy 7” (Bunky) 1969

^When collecting for my funky 45 mix from a while ago "Dumpster Funk 2", (DL it here, here, or listen it it heah at mixcrate) I was in a mad-focused collecting phase. For years I spent digging on and offline for funk 45s that did not suck and were the right tempo and in the right key for song before it and after it in the mix. During that time I bought hundreds of 45s and so many of them just didn’t work out for the mix even though they were super funky. This is a prime example of a cool ass funky 45 that didn’t make the cut but certainly deserves recognition for what it is.

Funky Bagpipes anyone? No shit, both sides of this single is commanded by a genuine virtuoso of the bagpipes. His version of Eddie Harris’s “Listen Here” is the only funky bagpipe song I’ve ever heard. “Windy”, is another cover, not funky, not cool, but the A side makes this 7 a testament to how far funk could go. This is proof positive that any instrument was capable of being funky.

Afro Soul Review – Soft Soul / I Know Where It’s At 7” (Tupelo Sound) Unknown Year

^Another DF2 leftover. The only reason this never got on that mix was the slower tempo. “Soft Soul” is anything but soft, and it is EASILY the funkiest mid tempo funk single I own. The drummer on this I rank right up there with Bernard "Pretty" Purdie or even the funky drummer himself. His snapping snares stand out and his drum-fills are the highlight of the mix. If someone hasn’t used this as a break yet, it needs to be done. The chunkiness of his beat are seemingly already compressed, they are that loud and they stand out in the song without overpowering the vocals or the other instruments. This one is a real winner. The B side is ehh, but the A makes this one of my most cherished 7” records.

Freddy Cannon – Sugar Pt. 1 / Pt. 2 7” (Claridge Records) 1976

^Sticking with the funk vein, this is something I would have passed on had I not heard the B side. The A side is the vocal and the part 2 is the instrumental only. Freddy Cannon, if you are reading this, I’m sorry, but you just cannot sing. At least not on this track you can’t. Well, your voice isn’t bad or anything, it just detracts from the instruments which are the true musical stars of the song. Part 1 on Side A is kind of run-of-the-mill funky lyrics, average at best vocals, and a bit generic sounding, but Part 2 gives the instrumentalists full shine time and, I hate to say it, but they do better without any of your words on top.

Dennis Landry – Sing My Song / Concentration 7” (Soul Unlimited) 1974

^Yet more funk, well at least the B side is anyways. It’s got that signature blaxploitation sounding heavy, fuzzy wah wah guitar all the way through it. If I ever had a pimp hat with a long purple feather, I’d wear it while playing this song.

Myra Barnes – The Message From The Soul Sisters pt.1 / pt.2 7” (King Records) 1970

^Can’t talk about funk without talking about the hardest working man in show business, the Godfather of Soul, James Brown! This live track is produced by James Brown and sung by the incomparable Myra Barnes AKA Vicki Anderson. Man, she is such a powerful vocalist on this empowering split single, she commands the stage, and the man behind the production wisely let’s her run the show. I spent a lot on this single, but I adore this record so it was worth every penny.

Anna King – If Somebody Told You / Come and Get These Memories 7” (Smash) 1963

^Let’s stick with the James Brown production for the next few 7s, shall we? Unlike the Myra Barnes 7”, this one is nice and cheap, but not unlike “Message from the Soul Sisters” it’s equally powerful. To clarify, “If Somebody Told You” is equally powerful. Her vocals are perfect over the slow, almost lazy funk beat provided by JB and his band. The horn stabs at the end of her verses are so uncanny they instantly let you know he’s behind the scenes without a doubt.

Hank Ballard and the Midnight Lighters – From the Love Side / Finger Poppin’ Time 7” (Polydor) 1972

^JB’s right hand man? As a soloist, some might say that, others would argue against it, but no one can deny the funky goodness Hank Ballard drops on “From the Love Side”. The single starts out with James Brown introducing Hank Ballard and shortly afterwards the proverbial 60s-70s screaming teens belt out as he rolls into the first verse. The midtempo funky A side wins for me, although the do the fill-in-the-blank dance craze song number 305 “Finger Poppin’ Time” is no slouch either.

Beau Dollar – I Wanna Go Where The Soul Trees Grow / ‘same’ 7” (King) 1970

^Another James Brown produced track, but this one is surprisingly hippy sounding. Almost like a Tom Jones style voice meets the tree hugging movement Tree Hugger all over a soulful swinging beat. This double A-side is not bad, but it's not fantastic either given the fact that it’s backed by JB.

Jessie Tolbert – Partae / ‘same’ 7” (Tolbert) Unknown Year

^I guess this is how Party should have been spelled back in the 80s. I'm actually surprised the Brits don't spell it that way. Regardless, it definitely should have been played at parties in the 80s. It’s got that 80s disco sound and the repetitive party call-outs and it is exceptionally funky. I’m not sure why I never mixed this in my funky 45 mix, it would have been at home there.

Triplett Twins – Get it / ‘same’ 7” (Thomas) Unknown Year

^Interesting tidbit, apparently these guys did Old School Hip Hop after this period of their lives. When you are this funky though, I gotta ask, why bother? I don’t know their Hip Hop stuff, maybe they were good at that too, but to me this is top-notch slow chugging funk. It’s a cheap double A-sided single, and it’s not missing the B side cuz it’s that good. I guess the sellers on Discogs don’t think it’s worth jack, but I love this track so I bust this one out all the time.

Time for another video…

Richard Fudoli – Gweee / Bossa Nova Jumpin Bean 7” (Maestro) Unknown Year

^This flutist can do that thing with his mouth where he rolls his tongue to make beats and then hums in it and talks in it, and genuinely slobbers all over his flute to pump out some of the funkiest flute sounds you’ve ever heard. Question: What the heck do you call it when flutists do that?? It doesn’t matter, it’s just plain funky. The A side is where it’s at.

Ahh, just checkit!

^stick with it, the funkiness amps up at the 30+ second mark. By the time you get to the end the guy is practically out of breath.

Les Baxter Orchestra – The Left Arm of Buddha / Buenos Aires 7” (Capitol) 1956

^Baxter’s early pre-funk years were either boring or interesting, and in this case the latter. This is a strange left-field mod soul sound with a weird echo chamber reverberation on the strings. It’s very unique and far ahead of it’s time for 1956. This is the kind of music I’d drink a martini to.

I can’t explain it, so I won’t try…

Piero Umiliani – Máh-Ná-Mah-Ná / You Tried To Warn Me 7” (Ariel Records) 1968

^Speaking of martini the B side on this sounds like something my Grandpa would have drank the finest spirits to in a big velvet lazy boy whilest smoking a pipe. This composer is famous for the A side song, which really ain’t all that compared to the 7” version of the B side on this. Unlike the album version this “You Tried To Warn Me” is REALLY great because it has no vocals, it is just pure bad-ass music made for pimps who like easy listening.

No, not that kind of wack, corny, easy listening. It's not the kind of easy listening you'd hear on an elevator... cuz if that happened, then everyone on the elevator would inevitably start fucking each other; it is just too intoxicating of a song to not get aroused. I’m not kidding, it might not be my most rare single, but I think this is by far one of my coolest 7” records. I give that song a solid 9/10 without hesitation.

Ronald McDonald & Friends – Share a Song From Your Heart / F-R-I-E-N-D-S 7” (Casablanca) 1980

^Look, I’ll be honest, the music on this sucks bad. It’s utterly useless. I can’t even think of a time or place to use it as a goofy sample which other kids records usually are good for. I bought this strictly for the cover for 2 bucks knowing that even if the music sucks I’d enjoy looking at the goofy thing. There’s something about this picture seven that puts a smile on my sometimes crabby face and that right there is well worth 2 bucks.

Sometimes we don’t talk about the “Good for the artwork only” records and I think we should, because that’s another quirky but very real and very fun facet of collecting these things. And for the cherry on the sundae, on the back of this cover it says “Thanks to Giving to Cerebral Palsy” on a golden sticker. So whoever bought this gave it to their kids all in the name of charity, which is another feel good element of this record that makes me happy to own something of no musical value.

That’s enough for me now, but I’ll gladly drop more here soon. Hopefully yall will add on your own contributions to this and keep this thread hovering at the top! Long live the Forty Five!

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July 18, 2014 04:30AM
Damn homie , nice monster post !! Every video in it is dope . I really regret that used to always pass up 45s back in the day . With the exception of my old punk 45s, but at most shows they had 45s , cd-rs and cassettes . I always chose the 45s . My collection of 45s is very small , but i'm working on that .
Here's a few I've bumped lately ...

Corinne Bailey Rae - Trouble Sleeping/Munich (Radio 1 live lounge version ) . I don't know what exactly it is , but there is something about her voice that I really love ! I bought this 45 for that track Trouble sleeping . I had already heard it and liked it . It has a very radio friendly sound with a jazzy feel and a nice drum beat . Munich is a live acoustic version . I've never heard the original , but this version is pretty good . Nice laid back track . A pretty girl voice and a guitar ...

Dizzy Gillespie/Astrud Gilberto - Matrix/Take It Easy My Brother Charlie . Limited edition 7" sampler from The best Of Perception & Today Records . The Dizzy Gillespie track is sooo dope . Very funky cooker . Really nice drums on this one . The Astrud Gilberto is dope too . A nice bossa track with a slightly funky undertone . She also has one of those voices that gets to me every time I hear it .

Eric B. & Rakim - Paid In Full ( mini madness - the Coldcut remix )/Eric B. Is On The Cut . First off , if I have to tell you about either one of these tracks , you should just pm me your address so I can swing by and give you the back of my hand for not knowing them .... Just kidding ...or am I ??? Either way , this was a nice RSD pickup.
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July 18, 2014 07:45PM
^Good stuff JB, I agree completely on Astrud Gilberto, her voice is uncanny.

I kinda like a lot of the RSD 7"s of the past few years, that remix on 45 is long over due so I'm glad to see it.

Thanks for adding on keep em coming.thumbs up

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August 09, 2014 10:06PM
I have 30 or so pieces from Turkey.


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August 15, 2014 11:51PM
^Good stuff Kep!


Ebony Rhythm Funk Campaign - How's Your Wife (And My Child) \ Oh, Baby 7” (Innovation II Records) 1975

^OK, what a horrible name for a song! I figured it might be good based on that. Turns out the song is just as bad as it’s name. Alright, it’s ok, I guess, but it is essentially “regrets soul” and really who wants to hear a guy asking about his ex-wife and kid in song. That’s a lousy premise for a song in anybody’s book. The B-side is average at best. File under “why do I still have this?” soul.

Alvin Robinson - How Can I Get Over You / I’m Gonna Put Some Hurt On You 7” (Blue Cat) 1965

^This A side is a killer, and on the B side he’s trying to be a killer. File under heartbroken soul, this one is damn good. You can actually hear the pain in his voice. The B-side is a blues number that threatens life for potentially cheating. Not a big shocker that she left him after hearing that song.

The Stereos - Stereo Freeze Part 1 / Part 2 (Hyde Records) 1967

^Man, what a cool funky little tune. I paid a pretty penny for this original on Hyde and later it was pressed on Cadet. Not sure why I allow myself to get suckered into the whole “pay more for OG pressing” thing when it comes to certain records. I’m listening to the

Cadet version right now on Youtube and it sounds basically the same yet it’s 28 dollars less! Oh well, sometimes the OG is worth it, and other times not so much and in this case I guess I suckered myself into paying more. Still, it’s a great song and that doesn’t take away from that fact.

The Ramrods - Soultrain Pt 1 / Part 2 7" (Rampage) Unknown Year

^Groovy-ass track right here, some fantastic instrumental soul. Not sure the year but I’m guessing it was early 60s, maybe 61-63. Classic stuff!

You’ll notice in the top pic the seller decided to stick a normally impossible to remove sticker right on the beginning of the run out groove. Hey, thanks buddy! That means the instant the song is over I gotta grab the needle off the record before it hits the sticker or it’ll send the tone arm flying back towards the run in groove whilst fucking up my needle and the record in the process.

This is one of those times where I had to remove the sticker for safe playing concerns, and it had nothing to do with the superficial issue of stickers on records. Good ol’ Goo Gone worked like a champ, as you can see on the second pic for the results of the removal. Normally stickers don’t even leave a mark after using the Goo Gone removal method but this was no ordinary sticker either. It was a plastic heavy duty sticker on there for who knows how long and frankly I didn’t think it would come off at all. Regardless, I don’t have to be on call waiting for the 45 to end any more to quickly grab the stylus, I can relax and enjoy the music and it’ll circle the run out normally now.

Freddy Robinson - Stone Stallion / Carmalita 7" (Liberty) 1971

^Both sides of this Freddy Robinson seven are really cool. Freddy takes a bluesy approach to Monk Higgins’ Stone Stallion.

Rastus – Keep on Pushin’ / Love You 7" (Neighborhood Records) 1972

^Never would have thought the B side “Love You” would be so good, but it’s spectacular. It’s fast and furious and it keeps on building as he sings about his love for “you”. Initially I had this pegged this for hippy rock but really this is thick layered with multiple instruments funk. A peak hour funk track if there ever was such a thing.

The Robinson Family Plan – Nothing Comes Easy / You Poured Sugar on Me 7" (Ode Records) 1972

^"Nothing Comes Easy" is a nice fast kid-fronted funk track, really groovy stuff. But for me, the B-side wins which is a sweet soul crooner backed by a killer reggae vibe, almost like lovers rock reggae chune. That track strikes a chord with me, a real stunner.

Jimmy McGriff – Let’s Stay Together / The Theme From Shaft 7" (Groove Merchant) 1972

^I’d like to have every single version of Shaft there is, but let’s be realistic; there’s gotta be hundreds if not thousands of covers of this track. On this version the man on the funky Hammond keys McGriff does his thing paying homage to the original in his own laid back funky mod style. (An apple for the TEACHERS). His cover of “Let’s Stay Together” ain’t too bad either but you damn right it’s Shaft that’s the standout track.

Fred Wesley & the JBs - Same Beat 7" (People) 1973

^Time for another batch of James Brown affiliates! Literally, it’s the Same Beat that’s on a few James Brown tracks and it’s also on James Brown’s Soundtrack “Slaughters Big Rip-Off”. Only on this 45, you get 3 versions, and none of them have the man himself singing over it. Although you do get the JBs casually chanting “Same Beat!” over a few of the versions. File this under classic breaks.

The Sisters of Righteous - That's How I Feel / My Man is Gone 7" (King) 1969

^Another sweet James Brown side project, these 3 righteous sisters tell you exactly how they feel in a slamin’ harmony track. Both sides are pretty great but I’m particular to the A side.

Arthur Prysock – Soul Soliloquy / Where the Soul Trees Grow 7" (King) 1969

^Prysock’s version is less tree-huggery / hippyish sounding than Beau Dollar’s version above so I like this James Brown production of the same song much better. “Soul Soliloquy” is a stormer too. 1969 was a very good year for James Brown, clearly.

Marva Whitney - You Got to Have a Job (Live) \ You Got to Have a Job (Live) 7" (King) 1969

^”If you don’t work!” “You can’t eat!!” screams Marva and James Brown live over JB’s beat smiths. This rarer version not on Discogs is a double A side promo. File under “empowering funk”.

The Tenth Dymentions - The Bushman / My Love For You Is Growing Wild 7" (Sapphire) 1972

^A monster funk tune straight outta Chicago! No Bushman click-talking in this, just a funky song about a funky "Bushman". The B side is a slow love ballad, not bad but nowhere near as interesting as the A side.

The Real Thing - Mr. Charlie Told Me Uncle Tom Is Dead / What is Soul 7" (Whiz Records)

^Both sides on this are fantastic. “Mr Charlie” starts off slow and somber and then it flips the speed into overdrive and becomes a chugging funk riff. “What is Soul?” is very unique, a nice funky soul track with tape recordings of people giving their own definition of what soul is. You hear about 30 random people trying to define it in their own words back in the early 60s and, really, none of them are wrong. Soul is a lot of things to a lot of people and this song spells that out nicely.

BTW, heads up, there is a guy selling this right now on Discogs for WAY too cheap at 6 dollars. I believe I spent 30 bucks or more on my copy and I thought it was worth every penny. Someone should snatch this up!

Edenheight – Peaceboy / Trouble 7” and Edenheight - You Do You / Open Version 7" (Breakin’ Bread) 2012

^I got this pair of neo-soul records from Mr Fantastic over at DWG. I can’t recall how it worked out but we did a little correspondence about funk and I ended up with these 2 sevens from the UK. Not bad, not fantastic either. The best song on here is the reggae version “Open Version” and it’s just an instrumental of the vocal version “You Do You.”

Here's the sweet vid of Peaceboy BTW.

Little Ben & The Cheers – Beggar of Love / Roll That Rigg 7" (Laredo)

^Man this is a DOPE 45! I was pumped up when I heard this. It’s cool as hell to get a stack of jukebox display inserts to accommodate the 7”, just in case some day I find a jukebox. The A side is a slower soul tune, not bad but hardly worth mentioning. Strangely enough, the B-side is one of the best rockabilly \ country tracks I have ever heard! I’m not kidding, it’s the real thing.

Midnight Movers Unlimited - Follow the Wind Part 1 / Part 2 7" (Renee) 1973

^Kinda disco, kinda funk. I got lucky and landed a nice loud mono pressing of this. The music comes from that period where disco was starting to seep into all music genres. Pretty cool song for that old disco club vibes.

Milton Hamilton Crystalized - My Love Supreme / I Gotta Thing for You 7" (T.R. Records) 1976

^Nice disco cover of the John Coltrane classic “Love Supreme”, although it’s so different, it’s kind of a stretch to make the connection. Groovy vibes though, and I’m pumped to have this unique disco soul song. For sure this will be on my next (er, first) disco mixtape.

more later...thumbs up

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