Like too many artists, Ike must not have paid close attention to the deals he signed, 'cause there's so many cheapo compilations on labels like Pickwick of his 60s material floating around. This one's got a couple of cuts with a nice, hard funky vibe to them, and the rest are also nice raw early R&B, with Tina shouting away the whole time. Includes "Too Hot To Hold", 'Ain't Nobody's Business", "It Sho Ain't Me", "I Better Get Ta Steppin'", "Shake A Tail Feather", "A Fool In Love", and "You're So Fine". LP, Vinyl record album
Nelson Riddle —
Witchcraft! ... LP Pickwick, Mid 60s. Very Good- ...
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Despite the Pickwick tag, this is good stuff. Mr. Riddle lays down some spooky instrumental tracks – with a bit more of a romantic feel than the cover photo of a sexy witch might indicate, but still tasty instrumental sounds. 10 numbers in all, including "Witchcraft", "Alone Too Long", "You Fascinate Me So", "Playboy's Theme", "I Get Along Without You Very Well" and "Blue Safari". LP, Vinyl record album
(Original stereo pressing. Cover has light wear.)
Soul Mann & The Brothers —
Shaft ... LP Pickwick, Early 70s. Very Good ...
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Groovy version of the Shaft soundtrack, played by the obscure studio group Soul Mann & The Brothers (who are actually led by Sy Mann). The set includes the best cuts from the score, like "Walk From Regio's", "Cafe Regio's", "Theme From Shaft", and "Bumpy's Lament". Not totally Isaac Hayes, but with some nice grooves – and a goofy simulation cover! LP, Vinyl record album
A really great early album from George Duke – quite different than his work for MPS to follow – and more in a groovy late 60s California mode! There's a vibe here that resonates nicely with some other late 60s sessions on Liberty Records – kind of an expansion of a Cali soul jazz mode, similar to the style the Crusaders were starting to go for – but colored in with some of Duke's obviously hip inclinations as well! George plays some great electric piano on the record – and other players include Ernie Watts on tenor and flute, and Jay Graydon on guitar – on titles that include "Soul Watcher", "Since You Asked", "Shades Of Joy", "Alcatraz", and "A Little Bit Of Seven". LP, Vinyl record album
When we were playing this, someone in the office said "What's the deal with these guys? Did they just do sound-a-like versions of other people's hits?" On some of their other records, we might say no – but this one's pretty much a Pickwick-esque remake/remodel of late 60s rockers – like "Who Do You Love", "Last Time", "Let's Spend The Night Together", and "Tell Him No" – all done in kind of a hard rockin, semi-bluesy style. LP, Vinyl record album