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Grade-A Soul

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

The Superlatives- The Superlatives- I Don’t Know How
from 7″ (Westbound, 1969)

I’m no expert on Detroit soul. I’ve only been to the city once and it was far too short of a trip to even begin to get into the real stuff. Still, I find that most of my favorite 45s were pressed in the Motor City, proving that the city’s second biggest export are dope musical gems.

I won’t pretend to know anything about this group because there really isn’t much to know. Most groups on small Detroit labels had short local success and then faded into obscurity as Motown rose to national prominence. Singed to the tiny Dynamics label, The Superlatives were no exception.

What is exceptional about The Superlatives (aside from their fantastic name) is this track, which was their most popular. Crisp drums, a deep base line, blinging vibes and bright horns are the perfect backdrop for the groups smooth doo-wop vocals. The track was later picked up and distributed by Westbound which might explain why The Superlatives didn’t completely disappear into Detroit soul history.

* this post was previously published on Soulspectrum

Can’t Seem to Forget You

Friday, February 22nd, 2008
Heaven & Earth- I Can’t Seem to Forget You
from 7″ (GEC, 1975)
This smooth jam is a new addition to the 45 collection. Since I picked it up two days ago I haven’t been able to get it out of my head-not unlike the song suggests- and so I thought it a good place to start this blog off.

This space is an adventure into two things: one, a new blogging venue and two, a new focus on my record collection. I’ve recently been focusing on expanding my 45 collection and this space will hopefully help me process some of my new acquisitions, learn a thing or two about my records, and share good music. I’ll say it from the start: this isn’t a showcase of super rare or super obscure 45s. It’s not about that. It’s about sharing good music. A friend recently asked me to send some cool tracks her way and I realized it wasn’t possible, because most of what I’ve been rocking to have been new 45′s I’ve been finding. So this, if anything, is a place to share that music.

This 45 comes from Chicago and was very graciously given to me by a new friend who has a refined ear for northern funk and northern soul. This Heaven & Earth track is off there first album on GEC and has the original group that consisted of brothers Dwight Dukes and James Duke, Keith Steward, and Michael Brown. Vocally gifted, the original four had soulful harmony on par with The Stylistics and are backed on this track by the funky arrangements of Chicago resident soul wizards Tom Tom 84. There’s not much more to say. The track rocks for itself. Listen, get hooked, and don’t forget it.