Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Soul Creole Combo On Sunshine

"Boogie Banana Pts. I & II"
Sunshine Records #470



From the Cleveland-by-way-of Jamaica file, comes "Boogie Banana Pts I & II" by The Soul Creole Combo.

This Caribbean instrumental funk band spent time in Ohio recording for Sunshine and Thomas Boddie's Caribi label.

Thanks to Dante Carfagna for information on the band, and be sure to check out his extensive website on Ohio Soul Recordings. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mighty Golden Bells On Lewis

"Something" b/w "So Many Are Falling"
Lewis Records #2813
1971


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Best known for their 1982 song "Rest Awhile," The Mighty Golden Bells were formed in Raleigh, North Carolina in the early 1960's.  

The group originally consisted of between 15-17 members, and was known as The Mighty Jubilees.

Brothers William & Everett Sanders eventually whittled the group down to four, and enjoyed a career as a quartet in the gospel music industry for over 40 years.

"Something" is a great example of late 60's - early 70's raw gospel, with only guitar, bass, & piano accompanying Brother Sanders' shouts of "C'mon Jesus!"

Listen to an archived interview with The Mighty Golden Bells here.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Count Down & The Moonsters On Pocono

"Hindu On A Honda" b/w "Shimmy-Shimmy, Shake-Shake"
Pocono Records #801
1963 (?)


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In what can only be described as an attempted coattail ride of Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash" single, comes this not-exactly-PC, monster-themed record from Count Down & The Moonsters.

"Hindu On A Honda" has all the essential elements of a 60's Halloween party starter - brooding minor key chord progression, references to surfing & the protagonist's hag, other-worldly background vocals, and the story of a drag race gone bad.

This record has been comped numerous times, but the 45 seems to be scarce, with little-to-no record of sale on sites like popsike.com & collectorsfrenzy.com.

The Illustrated Sounds

"Italian Woman" b/w "I Walk Alone Without Her"
Illustrated Sounds #1001


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This international caucasian bachelor funk record is a complete mystery.

It's got a killer drum beat, organ groove, sax solo, and lyrical content. If you know anything about it please let me know!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

The Haynes Family

"I Don't Know Why Jesus Loved Me" b/w "I've Got Confidence"
The Haynes Family #15556
1973(?)




If The Jackson 5 had recorded a lo-fi, out-of-tune gospel/garage track, it would have sounded a lot like the Haynes Family.

"I Don't Know Why Jesus Loved Me" was written and recorded by Andre Crouch in 1972, so the release of this disc most likely dates to sometime after that.

Marty Davis Is Drivin' On MDE Records

"Drivin'" b/w "Midnight Jamboree"
MDE Records #1001
197?



Presented without commentary; one man's highway saga involving pep pills, harmonica solos, "Beer Can Ray," and of course, a lot of drivin'.

"Now I'm back to drivin'
Gonna boogie woogie
Drivin', drivin', drivin'
Boogie woogie woogie."

Baxters' Chat On Pearce

"Loves Other Side" b/w "You're Mine" 
Pearce # 5827
1967



Hailing from Baxter Springs, Kansas - a small town on the Kansas/Oklahoma border - brothers Dan & Mike Brewster (lead & rhythm guitar, respectively), John Green (bass), Norman Manning (vocals), and Elmotie Scroggins (drums), honed their musical chops playing school dances, roadside bars, teen clubs, wedding receptions, and anywhere else that would book them.

The boys cut two 45's for Independence, MO label Pearce, in the vaunted Cavern Studios where The Pretty, Trinikas, & Blue Things all recorded.

"Loves Other Side" is a heavy dose of psych-fuzz and break beats, a wild departure from their Association/Turtles influenced other cuts.

Aside from being one of only a handful of integrated acts in the 60's (drummer Elmotie Scroggins was African-American), Baxter's Chat was one of the most popular garage bands in Southern Kansas, and shared bills with future Lynrd Skynrd guitarist Steve Gaines' first band, the Ravens.