Slow Jams

What would we do without the sweet slow jams from back in the day?

Location: The Arms of Your Loved One
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Come Dance With Me
  Sentimental recollections
like rainbows swirling
around big, fragile
floating bubbles
filled with our
dreams and ready to

Kinetic, sultry

like minds
and cozying up on
memories too hot


dissipating into
'if onlys'
like surging
of what could
and should have been
permeating the

Remembering those
and wonderful
of our
bodies melting
in utopian splendor
while we LOVED..

Frozen mentallic
while I'm lingering

So...come dance with me.

© edie antoinette 2004


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Comment by Edie Antoinette on November 16, 2009 at 8:39pm
To Harold...It was LOVE at first sight. I almost lost my mind when I looked at your video---for REAL! I will love you till the end of time.

You capture me totally...and always have. Thank you for considering and joining my meager site ♥ You don't know this, but I study YOU.
Comment by Edie Antoinette on November 16, 2009 at 8:33pm
"You are smoother than
a car coming down the side of
mountain road..With no brakes
gliding along..on the blackest
of black ice..and just as dangerous as the vibes
contained in the lyrics of these jams..
I can feel heated steam that is rising
from more than these may
just be getting a visit from your local
fire department "

Oh!!! *nodding head*

This is what I'm talkin bout! Hmph!
My Baby Daton!!!! ....*BIG HEAVING SIGH*

I needed that! I love you Daton, with every vestige of my soul.
You are a KEEPER....♥

We are made to be loved. I feel it in your comment Suggah. *smiling* Thank you ♥
Comment by Edie Antoinette on November 16, 2009 at 8:26pm
Ha ha ha ha haaaaa at my baby Daton!!!!! Food for the soul you are..sweetness! *feeling tears well up*
Comment by Edie Antoinette on November 16, 2009 at 8:24pm
Whoa! I'm just getting back and....whoa!!!! My heart is leaping. I love you all SOOOOOOO much. Thank You.
Comment by Daton O Fullard on November 16, 2009 at 1:18pm

Hai Edie..You are smoother than
a car coming down the side of
mountain road..With no brakes
gliding along..on the blackest
of black ice..

and just as dangerous as the vibes
contained in the lyrics of these jams..
I can feel heated steam that is rising
from more than these may
just be getting a visit from your local
fire department
Comment by Edie Antoinette on November 16, 2009 at 12:58pm
I appreciate that you appreciate dear Harold. Love you! ♥
Comment by Harold Lee Rush on November 16, 2009 at 11:59am
I appreciate what you do, keeping the music alive, part of our lives in front of us, so we can learn lessons from them and pass on wisdom to the next generations.
Comment by Edie Antoinette on November 16, 2009 at 11:28am
♫ CAT ♫ ..!! Oh how I thrill to see your note..and Welcome to the Group Precious One...I miss you ♥ I really do. I sent out this invite on a whim. I miss all of my friends so much. It's nothing without you all.

Please, please fill me in on what you've been up to ...outside of what you just stated. Moving? I wouldn't put that on my best friend child! LOL
So much work! Keep my love my dear friend~e
Comment by ♫ CAT ♫ on November 16, 2009 at 11:01am
Hi Edie Long time got your invite could not resist as usual its some good stuff I have been extremely busy hardly go to any sites these days I'm moving to Nawlins by the end of the month, I am managing Jazz Fest gigs for Michael again in 2010, and I love that town, so much happening there, I can't wait started a little Biz with recommendations from Michael gonna try to Manage other bands, we will see??? What a nightmare all the stuff you accumulate in 12 years UGH I hope all is well with you and all my good friends here I was gonna come to something you posted awhile back where everyone chats & listens to the same thing like we used to do but was not home I do miss this site a lot, I got to comment soul he probably thinks I died lol anyway as Arnold Said "I'll Be Back"
I have missed everyone Have a GREAT DAT GURL!

Comment by Edie Antoinette on October 10, 2009 at 9:41pm

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Spotlight | Maze

  1. play Maze — 03 Feel That You're Feelin'
  2. play Maze — 04 Somebody Else's Arms
  3. play Maze — 04 Southern Girl
  4. play Maze — Can't Get Over You
  5. play Maze — Golden Time Of Day
  6. play Norman Brown — Night Drive
  7. play Norman Brown — Feeling
  8. play Norman Brown — Still
  9. play Miles Davis — miles 1
  10. play miles 2
  11. play miles 3
  12. play miles 4
  13. play miles 5
  14. play Marvin Gaye — I Met A Little Girl
  15. play Santana — 01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  16. play Santana — 02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen
  17. play Mongo — 02. Afro Blue

The history of the Butlers/Raw Soul is dense, but for all of us music nerds, that's normal. It is not totally clear what year the Butlers actually formed but they released their first single in 1963 on Liberty Records. That single was "She Tried To Kiss Me" and another single followed on Guyden entitled "Lovable Girl." After the Guyden single the Butlers took a break not recording another record until the single "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" was released on the Phila label in 1966. The group also backed Charles Earland and Jean Wells on one Phila single ("I Know She Loves Me"). 

As you might be noticing, the Butlers were doing a fair amount of recording but not achieving much success. The group's recordings sold regionally but never had the promotion to make an impact on the national scene. After the single with Phila, the Butlers moved to the Fairmount label (part of the Cameo-Parkway family) and released a handful of singles, some being reissued singles of the past. The Butlers were with Fairmount for 1966-67 and then moved to Sassy Records. Sassy released the group's greatest single (in my opinion) "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" b/w "If That's What You Wanted." A copy of that 45 sold for just under $500 last summer on eBay. Even though that isn't that much in the world of record collecting--it's still a hefty sum. The Butlers released another single on Sassy ("She's Gone" b/w "Love Is Good") that appears to be even 
harder to come by then the "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" single.


The true history become a bit blurred here as the AMG biography states that the Butlers last record was released on C.R.S. in 1974 (". However, between 1971 and that single, Frankie Beverly formed a group called Raw Soul and released a number of singles. Some of the songs recorded by Beverly during this period are "While I'm Alone," "Open Up Your Heart," (both on the Gregor label) and "Color Blind." "Color Blind" was released by the Eldorado label and rerecorded by Maze. Beverly's big break came when Marvin Gaye asked Raw Soul to back him on a tour. Gaye helped Beverly/Raw Soul get a contract at Capitol. Beverly decided to take the group in a different direction, a name change occurred, and Maze was created. 

The above isn't the most complete history of Beverly but hopefully someone will know a way to get in touch with the man or his management because a comprehensive pre-Maze history needs to be done on Frankie Beverly (his real name is Howard, by the way). Below you'll find every Frankie Beverly (pre-Maze) song available to me right now ("Color Blind" will be up soon). 

If you have a song that is not included below, shoot it over to funkinsoulman (at) and it will go up in the next Frankie Beverly post (later this week--highlighting Maze). Also, if you have any more information please share your knowledge. The Butlers material has been comp-ed sporadically (usually imports) but the entire Maze catalog has been reissued and is available. 

Enjoy.  "She Kissed Me" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967) 
 "I Want To Feel I'm Wanted" (not sure which label or year) "Laugh, Laugh, Laugh" (Phila, 1966) "Because Of My Heart" (Fairmount, 1966 or 1967)
 "Love (Your Pain Goes Deep)" (Sassy, 1967)
 "If That's What You Wanted" (Sassy, 1967)

Frankie Beverly is one of those cats that has lasting power. He started in the music business doing a tour with doo wop group the Silhouettes and then formed his own group called the Blenders. The Blenders never recorded a single, Beverly wouldn't appear on wax until forming the Butlers a few years later. Along with Beverly, the Butlers included Jack "Sonny" Nicholson, Joe Collins, John Fitch, and Talmadge Conway.

Beverly would later enjoy great success fronting Maze and Conway would become a
well-known penning Double Exposure's
"Ten Percent" and the Intruders' "Memories Are Here To Stay." 
 While Maze is a phenomenal group, Beverly's work before that group will always stand out as his best (imo).

The Butlers produced tunes that most Northern Soul fans would kill for and Raw Soul gave the funksters something to pursue. If, by chance, you know of a way to get in touch with Frankie Beverly or his management, please drop me an e-mail. It would be absolutely great to do an interview with him about his pre-Maze work. He's still playing out, most recently doing a New Year's Eve show in Atlanta.
:: Funkinsoulman ::

Power...Through Simplicity ♪♫♪



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