I saw this movie yesterday and I was simply overwelmed with the intensity of the way it was presented. I am still not sure how I feel about the movie...It was an inlightening and revealing look at human nature and socialtal callousness as well as many other issues surrounding life, relationships, and friendships that we embrace (or should embrace). I am still in a daze. That is a good thing for me because it is an internal daze that I need to sort out. Thank you "Mr. Ayers"...

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Go see this movie now!...When it comes out on DVD, get it for your library!!!!

If you've seen it...tell me what your thoughts are...

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Comment by Edie Antoinette on April 27, 2009 at 11:54am
"LIFE HAS A MIND OF IT'S OWN"...and that's true too! Deep! Makes me think about "time and unforeseen occurrences befall them all."

I love that you took out some time from your busy schedule to gift us with this L. I really really love the way you present things. I really do.

My Solebaby said just what I was thinking...Jamie is probably on his way to another award. I just can't stop laffin thinking about his Ugly Woman portrayal...so crazy!!! I'm going back to look at David Alan Grier..the video I put up...so I can laugh..."Uhhhhh Huuuuuuh" ROFL
Comment by Edie Antoinette on April 27, 2009 at 11:27am
Just finished with the 60 Min piece. I'm already inner-stunned. I see exactly what you mean L.

Umph umph umph. I'm a dreamer as you may know. I always want to change the endings to "happily ever after", and I can tell my only recourse in this is to cling to the Kingdom Hope. That's the only thing that will keep me from a sure implosion of sadness over this type of present reality.

Thanks Again..this is thought provoking.
Comment by Lydell Jackson on April 27, 2009 at 11:27am
LIFE HAS A MIND OF IT'S OWN!!!!

gotta love that line...
Comment by Lydell Jackson on April 27, 2009 at 11:25am
Thanks guys for the comments. Sole I was very amazed to see real skid row people used in the making of the film. I also noticed how much the American Flag was used as a background element in a lot of the scenes. It was as if this were not obviously a comentary on homelessness and our calousness toward oneanother as Americans...as human beings here in "America"...One scene stuck out in my mind when Jamie was in "White Face" wearin' the top hat...Looked almost patriotic...powerfull statement and condemnation of life for some in "America"...anyway...I may have taken more from this movie than I should have...or maybe I didn't take enough...
Comment by Edie Antoinette on April 27, 2009 at 11:15am
I saw A Beautiful Mind and cried like a baby watching the shock treatment scenes.
Comment by Edie Antoinette on April 27, 2009 at 11:14am
Shock Treatment...omg
Comment by Edie Antoinette on April 27, 2009 at 11:07am
The poster is captivating in it's own right. Thank you so much for giving us a glimpse.

I'm intrigued...indeed.
Comment by Shelley "SoleMann" King on April 27, 2009 at 11:05am
Brother Lydell, me and my Girlfriend went to see this yesterday...This movie will win some awards, Jamie played that role just right....I truly enjoyed this very much, but was sadden to see how some of those people were living

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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) yahoo.com 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.
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