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  • 1.
    102-aretha franklin-dr. feelgood (love is a serious business) (demo)
  • 2.
    103-aretha franklin-sweet bitter love (demo)
  • 3.
    104-aretha franklin-it was you (aretha arrives outtake)
  • 4.
    105-aretha franklin-the letter (aretha arrives outtake)
  • 5.
    106-aretha franklin-so soon (aretha arrives outtake)
  • 6.
    107-aretha franklin-mr. big (aretha arrives outtake)
  • 7.
    108-aretha franklin-talk to me talk to me (soul 69 outtake)
  • 8.
    109-aretha franklin-the fool on the hill (this girls in love with you outtake)
  • 9.
    217-aretha franklin-are you leaving me (demo)
  • 10.
    216-aretha franklin-im in love (alternate vocal-let me in your life outtake)
  • 11.
    215-aretha franklin-love letters (let me in your life outtake)
  • 12.
    214-aretha franklin-at last (let me in your life outtake)
  • 13.
    213-aretha franklin-the happy blues (let me in your life outtake)
  • 14.
    212-aretha franklin-aint but the one (with ray charles)
  • 15.
    211-aretha franklin-thats the way i feel about cha (alternate version-hey now hey now outtake)
  • 16.
    210-aretha franklin-suzanne (hey now hey now (the other side of the sky) outtake)
  • 17.
    209-aretha franklin-i want to be with you (hey now hey now (the other side of the sky) outtake)
  • 18.
    208-aretha franklin-can you love again (hey now hey now (the other side of the sky) outtake)
  • 19.
    207-aretha franklin-do you know (hey now hey now (the other side of the sky) outtake)
  • 20.
    206-aretha franklin-tree of life (hey now hey now (the other side of the sky) outtake)
  • 21.
    205-aretha franklin-this is (hey now hey now (the other side of the sky) outtake)
  • 22.
    203-aretha franklin-heavenly father (young gifted and black outtake)
  • 23.
    202-aretha franklin-i need a strong man (the to-to song) (young gifted and black outtake)
  • 24.
    201-aretha franklin-rock steady (alternate mix-young gifted and black outtake)
  • 25.
    118-aretha franklin-lean on me (single b-side)
  • 26.
    117-aretha franklin-youre all i need to get by (take 2)
  • 27.
    116-aretha franklin-youre all i need to get by (take 1)
  • 28.
    115-aretha franklin-my cup runneth over (young gifted and black outtake)
  • 29.
    114-aretha franklin-my way (spirit in the dark outtake)
  • 30.
    113-aretha franklin-im trying to overcome (this girls in love with you-spirit in the dark outtake)
  • 31.
    112-aretha franklin-you keep me hangin on (this girls in love with you-spirit in the dark outtake)
  • 32.
    111-aretha franklin-youre taking up another mans place (spirit in the dark outtake)
  • 33.
    pucho pucho
  • 34.
    10 - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Wake Up Everybody
  • 35.
    05 - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Hope That We Can Be Together Soon
  • 36.
    Afro Blue
  • 37.
    04 Somebody Else's Arms
  • 38.
    09 Never Let Me Down
  • 39.
    Can't Get Over You
  • 40.
    Golden Time Of Day
  • 41.
    Night Drive
  • 42.
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  • 44.
    miles 3
  • 45.
    miles 4
  • 46.
    miles 5
  • 47.
    I Met A Little Girl
  • 48.
    01 Singing Winds, Crying Beasts
  • 49.
    02 Black Magic Woman-Gypsy Queen

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How could you expect me to live without you?

My lover, made me wholly yours in all the ways there are,

So a sweet bondage more endures than either lock or bar;

So that I never leave your breast

To dream of other things,

but find in you and my quest,

my comfort........and my wings

P.S I can't get over you.

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For Old Times Sake

Posted on July 11, 2008 at 2:30am 0 Comments

Ramsey Lewis trio "TheInCrowd"

Because I hope we're still good friends

I'm scribbling these few lines

In hopes that just for old times sake

You'll answer me something.

It's funny how the time flies

When one is past the tender years

And yet old memories seem to cling

To things I once held dear.


The Bitter And The Sweet

Posted on July 3, 2008 at 1:18am 2 Comments

We were strangers when we met,

Only half alive, both trying to forget

The lonely nights that seem to have no end;

Afraid to love, or trust our hearts again.

And yet I knew

In the way your eyes searched mine,

You still had hopes,

That one day, some true love you'd find.

I bowed my head,

Not wanting you to see

The turmoil in my soul,

That you had stirred in…


Posted on June 29, 2008 at 3:30am 2 Comments

Where oh where, is this road I seek

That leads a lonely heart,

to happiness peak?

Did the last one who passed that way

Remove the markers along the way?

Then I hard a voice from within me say

Was there a friendly smile,

you could have gave today

Was there a kindly word,

you could have spoke today

Was there a good deed,

you could have done today

Or a silent prayer,

you could have prayed… Continue


Posted on June 27, 2008 at 12:00am 1 Comment

Tormented by a madness

So vaguely planed

That even I

Cannot understand

For seething deep

Within my soul

Are destructive forces

I must withhold

Fantastic dreams

That sear my mind

Like being God

And stopping time

Oh life

If there's no inward peace

For such as I

Who seek relief

Then beckon death

Whose silent wings

Will set me free

And erase all pain


Glance Into The Past

Posted on April 9, 2008 at 12:00pm 1 Comment

Have you ever gone for a walk in the evening

In the cool of a twilight blue

And thoughts of the past came floating back

Like they so often do.

You thought of the good and bad things

That had happened in your life to you

The times you laughed, the times you cried

As though your heart was breaking into.

You remember the days of your childhood

And fairy tales that seemed…

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At 11:06am on August 16, 2009, Shelley "SoleMann" King said…
Good morning to you Brother gmack...Have a blessed day
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Checking on you. Where yat????
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Hey babe, wishing you well...

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MyHotComments Wishing you a Blessed day...((hugs))
At 5:52pm on January 7, 2009, Jazz said…
Hey Gmack...I was looking forward to seeing those "Marley" vids...Dang. But I see we share a love for Brotha Norman Brown. Thx for sharing & keep up the good work
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At 6:52pm on December 28, 2008, Edie Antoinette said…
Dagnabbit! I have been missing you all of this time--and when you DO show up, I'm out like a a light. *shoot*

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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.
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