the calico wall: mystery 45s
This wonderful record found its way to my hands in South Carolina.
I took a quick listen to it on the spot and was sold. The A-Side is a great rockin' rhythm'n'blues record about... well, someone's lousy cooking. We've all been there. Despite the humor, this is not just a Coasters rip-off, this one is danceable and the playing and harmonizing are terrific. A real lost nugget.
The B-Side might reveal a little about the group's origins. There is something in a) the production value and b) the sort of Brill Building/Leiber & Stoller rhythms that recall the Drifters, or at least, the New York r&b scene. It's a more straight forward r'n'b tune with some neat sax playing and good vocal arrangements (and a different lead singer to the A-Side ?). The label, G-D, is listed as New York as well.
Could this be the same Soul Brothers to be found on (Philadelphia's) Red Bird label ? Hard to say, but this one clearly needs reissuing !
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