Want to head for the epitome of uptempo 1960's Detroit Soul?. Simple, go straight for the euphoric "Baby Don't You Weep" . Angst filled lyrics, possibly the finest ever production ever from the mighty Bridges-Knight-Bridges set up, a vocal to give you goosebumps and the perfect reason for the Brits to invent Northern Soul.
a1. Baby Don't You Weep
b1. I'm Gonna Love You
Lorraine Chandler - Pied Piper Productions. headed by Motown Funk Bothers vibes and tambourine session man extraordinaire Jack Ashford, made an amazing series of Detroit Soul gems on The Hesitations. Eddie Parker, The Metros, Willie Kendricks. Nancy Wilcox and more. They never had the Tamla style success they deserved, but their recordings are now enshrined as iconic 1960's Motor City Soul,Lorraine Chandler was a key part of the team as composer, producer and vocalist. The Wigan Casino anthem "I Can't Change" is breathtakingly brilliant.
a1. I Can't Change
b1. You Only Live Twice
Release Date: Early October
The quirky spelling of the title is backed up by an idiosyncratic vocal delivery. Dramatic production and a deadpan vocal as Lou promises his lady he is heading back home. Untypical Northern Soul but this Texas made oddity fits in perfectly.
a1. Lou Pride - I'm Com'un Home In The Morn'un
b1. Southwind Symphony - I'm Com'un Home In The Morn'un
Release Date: Late October
Before founding his P-Funk empire, the mighty George Clinton recorded a series of now iconic 1960's Soul gems, for Don Davis at Solid Hit/Revilot and for Ed Wingate at Golden World. Anyone foolish enough to think Motown had the exclusivity on making classic timeless iconic Detroit Soul recordings only has to look at Clinton's catalogue to realise that Berry Gordy might have had some 24 carat geniuses at Hitsville, ,but he certainly did not have a monopoly on them.
Pat Lewis provided backing vocals as a member of The Andantes on many of Motown's biggest hits,did the same trick for Jackie Wilson at Brunswick and after touring the world doing bv's for Aretha Franklin ended up working with Isaac Hayes. In fact she supplies the sassy "John Shaft" on Hayes "Shaft".
The combination of George's production finesse and Pat's divine voice is captured best on "No One To Love", an original 45 will fetch you back £1,500, but in fact the styrene used to press the disc back then eans it would do not sound as good as this Outta Sight re-issue, pressed in good old vinyl at the factory in Hayes, Middlesex where those classic EMI Tamla Motown TMG 500 series singles that have gone into folklore were manufactured! Regarded by many devotees as THE finest 45 released in Detroit's 1960's Soul heyday, "No One To Love" defines the word masterpiece. A Northern/Rare Soul Classic.
Flip is a version of "Look At What I Almost Missed", also recorded by Clinton's group The Parliaments.
a1. No One To Love
b1. Look What I Almost Missed
Release Date: Early October
Alleged to have been discovered by John Peel. Produced and written by the late and truly great Van McCoy and released on the iconic Okeh label. Possibly Van's greatest ever production. combining 100 mph beats, a tearaway orchestrated production, magical melody, a once heard never forgotten hook and a wonderful femme vocal supported by heavenly backing vocals. Rare Soul Royalty.
a1. You're Gonna Make Me Love You
b1. Baby You're Mine
Sidney Barnes has had an amazing career, taking in songwriting for Motown's New York office, producing for Sue Records also in the Big Apple, making records in Detroit with his long time pal George Clinton, becoming part of Rotary Connection at Chess, and then doing backing vocals for Parliament and Funkadelic. Along the way he turned down the offer of becoming lead singer for Earth Wind And Fire.
For Rare Soul enthusiasts it is his series of 1960's compositions and productions on himself and various artists that have made him legendary.
His finest recording is surely the anguished "I Hurt On The Other Side". The cover version by Jerry Cook is itself a Northern Soul standard, but it's Sidney's original that wins the day. It was recorded during his stay at New York's Brill Building working for Leiber-Stoller as was the flip "You'll Always Be In Style", a Northern Soul must-have in its' own right too.
a1. You'll Always Be In Style
b1. I Hurt On The Other Side