A southern soul double-header – two lost sessions from the legendary Broadway Studios in Muscle Shoals! Broadway was the re-named Quinvy Studios of the 60s – once home to the famous Quin Ivy soul productions, still going strong into the 70s and 80s under the helm of new owner David Johnson. Johnson has a great ear for keeping things cool and classy – never letting the music fall into too-obvious cliches, and always reaching for a new sort of sound that's way beyond most of his southern soul contemporaries! The first half of the set here features material recorded by Sandra Wright
in 1974 – tracks that were due to appear on Stax, but mostly never came out at the time – and which together have a sparkling, sophisticated feel that almost reminds us of the best female soul coming from Detroit or Chicago at the time, but with a slightly deeper range. Wright
titles include "Wounded Woman", "The Sha-La Bandit", "Midnight Affair", "I Come Running Back", "I'm Not Strong Enough To Love You Again", "Please Don't Say Goodbye", and "A Man Can't Be A Man". The second half of the CD features material by the equally obscure vocalist James Govan – tracks recorded in 1982, but with a simple, straightforward quality that sits nicely alongside the first half of material by Sandra Wright
. Govan's got a great talent with a mellow tune – stretching things out with a warmly imaginative style that almost makes you feel like you're catching him in some private confession of his deepest thoughts. Most tracks here are done in that mode – and titles include "Don't Give Up The Ship", "Jealous Kind", "Uphill Climb", "Oh What A Price", "Tell You About My Girl", "Starting All Over Again", and "Help Me I'm In Need".