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NEWSLETTER #128
Rhythm & Blues, Soul & Doo Wop
Arthur Conley -> Spencer Wiggins

 

RED PRYSOCK AVI CD 5012 The Best Of Red Prysock ● CD $15.98
24 tracks, 63 min., recommended
We've turned up some copies of this fine out of print album. If a sax solo wasn't mandatory in 1950's rock and roll songs, it might as well have been. Wilbert Red Prysock had something to do with that, as he honked his way through more that a few of Alan Freed's rock and roll shows, sharing the bill with Fats Domino, Joe Turner, The Moonglows, The Harptones, The Drifters, The Clovers, and others. This disc collects 2 doz. of the best singles and LP tracks from Red's Mercury/Wing waxings, including Paquino Walk/ Little Jamie/ Hand Clappin'/ Fruit Boots/ Rock And Roll Party, and other opportunities for RP to shred the air with his horn. (Note: Red Prysock's Red Robin material is available on Relic Records CD "Bobby's Boogie".) (JC)

 
THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS Spy 46004 Sweets For My Sweet / Sweet Sweet Soul ● CD $17.98
21 tracks, highly recommended
Reissue of two Atlantic LPs from 1969 and 1970. A fabulous collection of deep soul featuring the vocal charms of this great quartet - Emily "Cissy" Houston, Estelle Brown, Sylvia Shemwell & Myrna Smith. Most of them started as gospel singers and it shows in their wonderful expressive vocals. They appeared as vocal backup on hundreds of recordings cut for Atlantic and other labels though they only had moderate success under their own name. "Sweet For My Sweet" was recorded in New York with the Muscle Shoals session group and includes the title tune (a fine cover of the Drifters hit), But You Know I Love You/ It's Not Easy/ Don't Go/ Every Day Will Be Like A Holiday/ Crying In The Rain and others. "Sweet Sweet Soul" from 1970 was produced in Philadelphia by Ugene Dozier for Gamble-Huff Productions and has a bit more of an uptown sound. It opens with the fiery Shut Up!! and also includes two Can Play The Game/ (Gotta Find) A Brand New Lover, Parts 1 & 2/ / Them Boys and others. Booklet has informative notes by British soul expert David Nathan. (FS)

 
SPENCER WIGGINS Vivid Sound VGCD 003 Soul City U.S.A. ● CD $17.98
Reissue of Japanese CD featuring 21 tracks recorded for Goldwax by this fine deep soul singer. Includes Soul City U.S.A./ Take Me/ That's How Much I Love You/ Once In A While/ Love Works That Way/ The Power Of A Woman/ I Never LOved A Woman/ Cry To Me/ Anything You Do Is Alright, etc.

 

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