If you've been looking for a certain music track and can't find it anywhere, why not use this thread to blast your request(s). If another member has the music, please post it. Once it's posted you can right-click on the song's arrow then 'save target as' to save to your pc..then you can upload it to your playlist. I'll start.

1) Still Water Medley-Jr. Walker & The Allstars (Album-Moody Jr.)

Alright you collector's and officianados...let the fun commence! LOL

And thanks in advance!


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Ouch! You gotta be kidding me Dr..they stole your stuff!!! That's what Imeem did to everybody. That just hurts my soul, brother..lawd!

Thanks so much for the files too. I have Back Up Train on my Main Page Music Player here. The other two I can use though..thanks!

I'm glad you're here ...♥
This is great stuff!!! Thanks! I'm so glad to have you here. Let me know if you're looking for anything and maybe I can help restore some of your music. I have a monster catalogue to share ...I was a Lady Dj in another life ya know..
Well, whenever that rare title crosses your mind I'm here. Cheryl (brsgr40) is good for that too. I appreciate the info about the conversion as well..wow! I'll have to utilizer that!

Thanks Again!
I appreciate this so much dear. I got me a hankering for these menziz today..lol
I have a request yall: (group)Chameleon-(album)Chameleon 1979 (song) Game of Life

I forgot to say this request was fulfilled by 'Sander'....

I'll get right on it....*the game's a'foot!!* lol
Told you he was the man! Great job My Tone!!! Whoa!
Heyyyy Suggah! Okay, coming right up!
The Sensations are believed to be from Battle Creek, MI, but don't take that tidbit to the bank. Many assume they had Cleveland roots because they recorded on Cleveland's Way Out Records, owned by the late Lester Johnson and Bill Branch, but they only came to Cleveland to record. The lineup of John Washington, Ron C. Simmons (better known as Rico), Chester Florence, and Joe Kelly recorded more singles on Way Out (six) than any other artist. Way Out's roster included Bobby Wade, Jesse Fisher, the Springers, Verna & Rob, the Occasions, Lou Ragland, Ruby Carter, Joan Baez, the Hornets, Fred Towles, Sammy Jones, and the Soul Notes. The group prolific output was due to Washington and Simmons' songwriting and production skills. Not only did they write and produce their recordings, but also served as staff producers for other artists. Their first single in 1966, "I Won't Be Hurt," went unnoticed everywhere as nobody played it or its flip, "Get on Up Mama." Their greatest record, "Please Baby Please," a dramatic, power ballad sung by Washington, was released the same year. It was large locally, with some spot play in other cities, but it never blew up. Frustrated with distribution problems, Way Out inked a deal with MGM Records to distribute the Sensations' next release. The Motown-ish "Got to Find Myself Another Girl," issued in 1968, was lighter with more crossover appeal than its soulful predecessor. It did OK locally, but stiffed nationally despite MGM's clout.

It didn't help that the guys didn't live in Cleveland. You can count the shows they did locally to promote their records on one hand. It was all Way Out could do to get their records played in Cleveland, let alone other cities. It's almost paramount for artists at small companies to reside in the same area to build up a local and regional following. A fourth release, "I Guess That's Life," soured the MGM deal and destroyed what little fan base they had in Cleveland. It was simply a bad choice, a pop-ish, meandering ballad that went nowhere. A fifth record, "Two Can Make It" b/w "It's a New Day," flopped and Way Out was wobbling.

The sixth Sensations' single "Demanding Man" commanded no attention and received no airplay in Cleveland. Surprisingly, the rough-sounding tune has become a Northern soul favorite, which is ironic since most Americans have never heard it. Their final single dropped in 1970 on Delite Records; it wasn't a new single, but an old recording of "Please Baby Please" with its original B-side "Too Shy" and Delite renamed them the Realistics for the single. Delite got it played in a few more markets, but it never took off like it should have.

Way Out Records was toast by the mid-'70s and the Sensations disbanded before the Delite deal, which they probably found out about after the fact. Washington and Simmons fell short of being sought after producers and writers, too. But they wrote some gems for labelmates such as Sammy Jones "She Didn't Know," Fred Towles "Too Much Monkey Business," Lou Ragland "Flame in My Heart," Jessie Fisher "You're Not Loving a Beginner," and Bobby Wade "Four Walls and a Window." After Way Out, they didn't continue, or if they did, their efforts never surfaced. It's said that Washington moved to Cleveland during the group's last years and supported himself by driving a produce truck, but nobody knows his or the other members whereabouts' now. Way Out's co-owner Bill Branch manages Art's Seafood in Cleveland after retiring from the police force.

Way Out had subsidiary labels, the Occasions' morose ballad "Baby Don't Go" dropped on Big Jim Records, and football star Jim Brown helped finance the recording and thus received his own imprint; unfortunately, the association ended after the one record. Brown later moved to Los Angeles and backed the newly formed Friends of Distinction and received a better return for his bucks. Contrary to belief, Ron C. Simmons was not a member of the Sensations from Philadelphia, which featured Yvonne Baker on lead vocals.

*For Dr. Rock-Please Baby Please-The Sensations*
You're Welcome! And here's Pharoah Saunders..I didn't realize the full version was 32 mins! Hope the 20 something version is ok...

n e w !
Bennie Maupin - Penumbra

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Bennie Maupin's highly personal bass clarinet sound helped define such classic jazz recordings as Miles Davis' Bitches Brew, Jack Johnson, Big Fun and On the Corner, as well as recordings by Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi band, and the Headhunters. The multi-woodwind player has also recorded with Chick Corea, Horace Silver, McCoy Tyner, Lee Morgan, Freddie Hubbard, Jack DeJohnette, Andrew Hill, Eddie Henderson and Woody Shaw, to name only a few.

The instrumentation of Maupin’s current group, The Bennie Maupin Ensemble, harkens back to the tradition of great saxophone-bass-drum trios, such as the group led by Sonny Rollins with Wilbur Ware and Elvin Jones. Maupin’s approach to his music is intentional and profound, yet alive in the interpretation of the moment.

Bennie Maupin's new CD, Penumbra (Cryptogramophone Records,) is a profound musical statement by an important jazz artist who is at the pinnacle of his artistic powers. Penumbra is dedicated to the memory of Lyle "Spud" Murphy.



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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) 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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