Week 22: 7″ Sisters
Welcome to week 22…and dig the slideshow (yeah, it’ll start moving in a couple of seconds)!
Here’s a special post, but who am I kidding… I really didn’t know what to rip next, so i decided to take a bit of a personal liberty. I hope y’all don’t mind! :¬)
As most of you may or may not be aware, I am the “black sheep” of this team in a manner of speaking, meaning that I am the resident 45 collector… I think every team should have one. I love the way a 45 can just grab your attention and proceed to blow your mind in less than three minutes… okay, myabe four, but not much more. After five years of trial, error and taking notes from the experts, I’ve managed to come up with a fairly large amount of them. Well, every once in a while I’d like to try and share some of my favourite 45s with you in various ways and means.
For this first episode, I’d like to reprise the most recent volume of “AntiDivas” which I posted at my other spot – Fufu Stew. The idea for this was inspired by none other than Lafayette, as he initially gave me the challenge to come up with one tune and find three or so different versions of said tune. I decided to take it one step further, hence this compilation of full spectrum soul sistas (AntiDivas if you will). Throughout the duration of this set, you’ll hear some common and some damn rare joints, some covers, some originals, some sweet and sexy Soul, and of course, Funk… no stone was left unturned. I hope you enjoy it: 7″ Sisters – a Soul Chef exclusive!
No reviews this time, just some personal words on some of the featured tracks. And why not start with Dusty Springfield’s “What’s It Gonna Be” that opens the set. This is the song started off the challenge as Laffy brought this one up in conversation, hipping me to this rare performance and these fine cover versions here and here…
Track 6, Linda Mackey’s “Gotta Find My Man”, is one of those really rare joints done by a sista who apparently denounced the music business in some form or another. Again, that’s a guess. I’ve seen this one go for quite a bit of change. Thankfully, the price has gone down a bit… As best I can say, this is probably what she’s doing now, but I don’t have the balls to email her and ask. I should though, because I’d like to thank this lady for blessing us with such a sweet performance.
Track 9, Gloria Walker’s “Talking About My Baby” is another gem – a sweet piece from the bringer of “Papa’s Got The Wagon”. You’ll find a great write-up on this 45 right here!
Right after Gloria comes The Tangeers “He’s Not That Kind Of Guy”, the flip side of “This Empty Place”, this sleeper’s a funky Northern groover. Score one for your very own here – not too bad at 20 bucks.
Jumping to track 18 and The Sandpebbles “Forget It” – this shit’s just hot! I spun this out a couple years back and was real proud to have seasoned cratediggers come up to the stand to see what I was playing, especially this one. Check him out!
At track 26 you’ll find Lulu and her rendition of “Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You)”. We all know the Queen’s version of this classic…but this is the original take.
While I’ve included a few buy links, for the most part, these records were found the old fashioned way… by digging! Most of them weren’t too hard to find.
Now that’s just the tip of the iceberg, kids. I patiently await the next episode which features none other than our favourite DJ, LP2! I sent him an oversized batch of 45s to put his magic touch upon. If the finished product is anything close to the outstanding selection he blessed us with on Week 14…good God almighty! Thanks for indulging me here, and don’t be afraid to share your feedback.
I’m off for a much needed vacation. Back to Delaware and hopefully a fruitful visit to the local record shop. Until the next time we meet, have fun(k) and as always, please be safe.
Peace and blessings.
(Ps. I’d like to dedicate the 7″ Sisters mix, and send a shoutout to Nosi and her most amazing Super Soul Sisters blog. I urge you, do not sleep on this one, kids. Please visit and show your love).