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A beautiful alternate cover from Japan. “Sounds Like The Flirtations” Deram Records (1970) Here’s their greatest hit “Nothing But A Hearthache” A Northern Soul dance club favorite.
Although they never recorded for Motown Records, the Flirtations should have, because they sounded like nothing so much as a more energetic version of the Supremes, and by all rights, this exciting vocal trio should have been continually at the top of the pop charts during the late 1960s and early 1970s. They did have a big hit with 1969’s “Nothing But a Heartache,” a record that has had an enduring shelf life and actually might be better known now in the 21st century than it was 40-some years ago. An American singing trio who relocated to the U.K. in 1967, the Flirtations recorded an album, Sounds Like the Flirtations, and several singles for the Decca imprint Deram Records before leaving for Polydor Records in 1972. This set collects the Deram album and adds in four additional tracks from the same time period to make an ideal introduction to this fun group. Among the gems here are the undeniably classic “Nothing But a Heartache,” the bursting-with-energy “Need Your Loving,” the autobiographical “South Carolina” and the why-wasn’t-this-a-hit “What’s Good About Goodbye My Love,” but everything here falls into the same groove, with upbeat arrangements, spirited singing and insistent, racing and almost unhinged horn arrangements. (Allmusic)
Rufus Thomas “Crown Prince of Dance” Stax Records A great double-sided cover of the “prince” in full flight and resting on his deserved throne. From 1974. Enjoy “The Funky Bird” here! (A follow up to “Do the Funky Chicken” from 5 years earlier!) In the lyrics Rufus says “I’m going to jump on him with both feet” – seems apropo of the cover.
“Today’s Youth” Little Janice Pzazz Records (1969) Vocals and r& B guitar work by Janice Tyrone out of Kingsville, Texas. Includes all her singles, as well as some other finger poppin tunes, like “Walk Right In”. A great original pressing – female soul funk. wonderful cover.
This beautiful peice is up for auction this week ON EBAY along with 100+ other ODDBALL, XIAN, GARAGE, EXPLOITO PSYCH, SURF, SOUL, FUNK, CHEESECAKE, BEATNIK, SOUNDTRACKS from the LP Cover Lover archives!
We’re looking for a series of French LP compilations of classic Atlantic soul acts doing rock and pop covers. Like Wilson Pickett doing Love is a Beautiful Thing, and a soul/horns version of Sunshine of Your Love, that kind of stuff. The covers were illustrated, no photographs. Can any of our French “cover lovers” help us find any of these? Perhaps even send a photo? Thanks for any info!
“Cowboys to Girls” The Intruders Gamble Records (Philadelphia) (1968) Written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
Here’s this week’s exciting new find. “Black is Beautiful” The Douglass High School Choir, Orchestra, Chorus (Oklahoma City) Century Records – Dimension 70 (1970) “Black Is Beautiful”
Kool & The Gang “Spirit of the Boogie” De-Lite Records (1975) Great funky instrumentals from the band that James Brown once said was the funkiest of its time. Check out the title cut here! A follow-up of sorts to their hit of the previous year, “Jungle Boogie.” This one opens with a Sly and the Family Stone riff and moves into a Jimmy Castor-type groove.