Monday, May 31, 2021

Original soul LPs part 11

Some more LPs from the section headed 'Sixties Soul', which includes some doowop. Here are albums by the Olympics, the Orlons, Peaches and Herb, Esther Phillips, Billy Preston and Lou Rawls.
Next up we have a batch of LPs by Lou Rawls (one with Les McCann), James Ray, the Rivingtons, the Ronettes, Ruby and the Romantics, Freddie Scott, Peggy Scott and Jo Jo Benson, Ann Sexton, the Shangri-Las and Dee Dee Sharp.
The next photo features albums by Dee Dee Sharp, Roscoe Shelton, The Shirelles (including one with King Curtis) and Joe Simon.
Finally this time we have a couple more LPs by Joe Simon and some by Nina Simone.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Original soul LPs part 10

Some more soul LPs from my collection follow. First though a word about a couple of recent deaths. B J (Billy Joe) Thomas has died aged 78. Best known for 'Hooked On A Feeling' (featuring Reggie Young on electric sitar) and 'Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head', B J grew up in Houston and formed a band called the Triumphs who released an album called 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry' which featured the Hank Williams song which was a big hit. The follow up 'Mama' was also successful. Other successes included the original version of 'I Just Can't Help Believing', 'Everybody's Out Of Town' and 'Mighty Clouds of Joy'. He went on to record gospel and country records. Another death is that of blues harmonica player James Harman at the age of 74. After a number of early singles Harman formed the Icehouse Blues Band which played with many blues artists including John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Albert King. He recorded a string of albums for Rivera and Black Top in the 1990s. The first batch of LPs this time features albums by Jimmy James and the Vagabonds, Jay and the Techniques, Joe Jeffrey, Joe and Eddie, the Jive Five, Johnny Johnson and the Bandwagon, (early) Marv Johnson (including one with the Falcons) and Salena Jones.
The second grouping comprises albums by Anna King, Clydie King, (early) Gladys Knight and the Pips, Major Lance, Bettye Lavette, Jackie Lee and Ketty Lester.
Next we have LPs by Barbara Lewis, Bobby Lewis, Little Eva, Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Manhattans and Barbara Mason.
The next photo shows a batch of LPs by Gene McDaniels and Clyde McPhatter (including one with the Dominoes and one with the Drifters).
The final group this time includes LPs by Clyde McPhatter, early Curtis Mayfield, Mighty Sam, Garnet Mimms (and the Enchanters), Chris Montez, Bobby Moore and the Rhythm Aces and Cliff Nobles and Co.

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Original soul LPs part 9

Here are some more LPs from the 'Sixties Soul' part of my collection, Firstly, here are some LPs by Donnie Elbert, Shirley Ellis, the Equals, the Essex, Betty Everett. 5th Dimension, the Flamingos and the Flirtations.
Next we have a batch of albums by the Flirtations, the Foundations, Inez and Charlie Foxx, the Friends of Distinction, the Heartbeats, Jimmy Holiday, Eddie Holman and Cissy Houston.
This photo shows LPs by Thelma Houston, Fred Hughes, the Ikettes, the Impressions, Big Dee Irwin and Little Eva and the Isley Brothers.
And here are albums by the Isley Brothers, Chuck Jackson (including one with Maxine Brown) and Deon Jackson.

Friday, May 28, 2021

Original soul LPs part 8

Here are some more LPs from the 'Sixties Soul' section, which include one or two doowop and girl group albums. Here are LPs by Jerry Butler, (including one with Betty Everett), the Cadillacs/Orioles, Alvin Cash and the Registers (and Crawlers), the Chambers Brothers and Gene Chandler.
Next we have a couple more by Gene Chandler and a bunch by Chubby Checker.
The next photo features LPs by Chubby Checker, Chubby with Dee Dee Sharp, the Chiffons, Dee Clark, Merry Clayton, L C Cooke and some by Sam Cooke.
Next we have a selection of LPs by Sam Cooke, including one with the Soul Stirrers.
Finally this time here are LPs by Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers, Lou Courtney, the Crests, the Crystals and the Dells.,

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Original soul LPs part 7

I'm moving on to the section of my collection called Sixties Soul. The first selection has LPs by Barbara Acklin, Jewel Akens, Shirley Alston, The Artistics, Sam Baker, Fontella Bass, Bob and Earl, Madeline Bell and Brook Benton.
Next up we have albums by Brook Benton, Gary US Bonds, Brenda and the Tabulations and Hank Ballard and the Midnighters.
The third selection has one LP by H B Barnum and the rest by James Brown.
Here are some more LPs by James Brown.
Finally in this selection we have a few more by James Brown plus others by Lattimore Brown, Maxine Brown, Billy Butler and the Enchanters and Jerry Butler.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Original soul LPs part 6

Completing the genre 'Southern Soul' here are some more LPs from my collection. First we have LPs by Joe Tex and Carla Thomas.
The next collage features LPs by Carla Thomas, Rufus Thomas, The Three Caps, Oscar Toney Jr, Billy Vera and Judy Clay.
Next up we have albums by Travis Wammack, Lynn White and O V Wright.
The next group includes some LPs by O V Wright and some compilations, including Wattstax 1 and 2, the 2 albums of the Stax Volt Tour in London and the Boy Meets Girls double LP.
Finally here we have another batch of compilations plus one by Kip Anderson and Willie Walker.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Original soul LPs part 5

Continuing with the (mostly) sixties and seventies LPs that I filed under the general heading of Southern Soul. Here are LPs by Sam and Dave, Gene Simmons and Percy Sledge.
This batch of photos has LPs by the Soul Children, Mavis Staples and the Staple Singers.
Here we have LPs by the Staple Singers, Candi Staton recorded at Fame, the Sweet Inspirations and Johnnie Taylor.
Finally for this time here are LPs by Johnnie Taylor, the Temprees and a few by Joe Tex.

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Original soul LPs part 4

Here are some more LPs from my collection. The first photo shows records by King Curtis, King Floyd, Frederick Knight, Jean Knight, Bobby Lance, Barbara Lewis, Trudy Lynn, The Mad Lads and the Mar-Keys
. This group features LPs by the MGs, Mel and Tim, Willie Mitchell, Don Nix and the Ovations featuring Louis Williams.
Here we have a batch of LPs by the Patterson Singers, Louis Paul, Ann Peebles, Esther Phillips and Wilson Pickett.
This photo shows records by Wilson Pickett, David Porter, James and Bobby Purify and Otis Redding.
The final selection this time has LPs by Otis Redding, Otis and Carla Thomas, Johnny Robinson and a couple by Sam and Dave.

Friday, May 21, 2021

Original soul LPs part 3

Here is another selection of soul LPs from my collection. The first batch features LPs by Erma Franklin, Donnie Fritts, R B Greaves and Al Green.
Here are another 12 LPs by Al Green(e) and Isaac Hayes.
(e), The third selection featured albums by Isaac Hayes, Eddie Hinton, Jimmy Hughes and Syl Johnson.
Finally this time here are some LPs by Margie Joseph, Ben E King and King Curtis.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Original soul LPs part 2

I'm continuing with photos of soul LPs in my collection, many of which (but not all) were recorded in or associated with Memphis and Muscle Shoals. I must pay tribute to two eminent musicians connected with the great records to come out of that area. Roger Hawkins, who has died aged 75, was a member of the Swampers and the drummer on countless great records by the lines of Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett, Aretha Franklin, the Staple Singers, Clarence Carter and Etta James. Pervis Staples, who has died aged 85, was the tenor voice in the Staple Singers alongside Pops Staples and sisters Mavis, Cleotha and Yvonne. Gospel records for Veejay such as 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken' and 'Uncloudy Day' were followed up by some wonderful records for Stax in Memphis, including 'I'll Take You There', 'Respect Yourself', 'Heavy Makes You Happy' and 'If You're Ready (Come With Me)'. The first batch of photos includes LPs by Clarence Carter, with one later LP by James Carr.
Next up we have a selection of LPs by Otis Clay, Arthur Conley and Don Covay.
The third batch of LPs features records by Steve Cropper, Steve with Albert King and Pops Staples, Bettye Crutcher, Delaney and Bonnie (recorded at Stax), the Dramatics, the Emotions and Eddie Floyd.
The fourth selection has LPs by the Emotions, the Drifters ( who have no connection with Memphis but for some reason are filed in my Southern soul section) and three by Aretha Franklin.
Final batch this time is exclusively by Aretha.

Original soul LPs part 1

In view of the lack of live gigs or trips to festivals etc to report, I thought I would feature some of the LPs that I have taking up space at home. I've never counted how many records I have but they run into many thousands of LPs and 45s plus a relatively few 78s. I store my LPs according to genre so here is the first part of the section I call Southern Soul, comprising (mostly) 60s and 70s soul records recorded in and around Memphis. The first selection includes records by Arthur Alexander, Rance Allen, Darrell Banks, J J Barnes & Steve Mancha, Archie Bell and the Drells and Solomon Burke. No reissues or later compilations are included.
The next batch includes LPs by Bill Black's Combo, J Blackfoot and Booker T and the MGs.
Picture three has LPs by Booker T and the MGs and the Box Tops.
Fourth and final selection this time features LPs by Shirley Brown, Don Bryant, Solomon Burke and James Carr. More to follow.