July 2009 Blog Posts (7)


Expressions stained my mind like bleach to clothes

Forever etched in a confusion of why.

You cannot explain it to me, but choice

Inevitably became your victim of prey to criticize

Of why, which is mother of all questions,

That no one can tell me,

To provide for my mind

As I stare at these blank sheets

With glossy eyes.

Understanding would be too difficult

For your attainability,

As I receive your floss as an excuse,

To deviate from my… Continue

Added by Mista on July 14, 2009 at 12:16am — 1 Comment


Out of all my relationships,

No one has remained

Faithful to me…

But my pen.

She always loved me, but I dogged her tenacity,

Out of stupidity….

Yet she stayed by my side.

Even when I crept out and cheated,

Only to return, finding tear stains of ink

On her loose leaf bed where she…


Yet she smiled when I woke her, stroked her tip,

And clicked her button until she flowed

Uncontrollably, overflowed when she… Continue

Added by Mista on July 14, 2009 at 12:15am — No Comments


Blacks. Soothing blues.

Personifies the reflections

From the diaries of my mind.

Never to be seen, providing the requests

Will never be imminent.

Double mindedness and instabilities form,

If ever obtained

From the ignorant purposes to access truths

Beyond the comprehensions.

For your understanding will be void if pursued.

Mentally challenged you will be if caught,

Crossroads are opened for your discipleship.

To path one is… Continue

Added by Mista on July 14, 2009 at 12:14am — No Comments


Two decades of space, informational illusions

Wedged in between the ties

Splits the atrium to the ventricles,

Every night I don’t want to see, cause the grooves,

Get deeper with each arrival.

It’s a question, why do the cycles exist…

To affect the outer lobes to the interludes.

Yet still, would it hurt to taste?

To see a wift would greatly gratify, but the vortex

Is unforgiving.

Releasing my grip would make me sleep through the night…

The… Continue

Added by Mista on July 14, 2009 at 12:13am — No Comments


Blank walls I stare…searching, lost for the words,

That I had on the tip of my tongue,

But is manifested through the ink that I scribe.

Late night hours on the phone, back and forth,

Looking for the rationale and reasoning’s,

For revisits of past days.

Frightened, but excited to test the waters.

The possibilities could possibly be possible,

Maybe dangerously imminent.

Finger snap is all that I needed,

But burns when I put them… Continue

Added by Mista on July 14, 2009 at 12:13am — No Comments




Added by Boo on July 12, 2009 at 5:45pm — 4 Comments

Bruce Swedien "Thriller" Engineer

Engineer/Producer Bruce Swedien's biography lists such names as Dinah Washington, Michael Jackson (Bruce Recorded and Mixed the 50 million selling Thriller album), Mick Jagger, Muddy Waters, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Jackie Wilson, Oscar Peterson, Herb Alpert, Barbra Streisand, the Chi-Lites, Buddy Miles, Lionel Hampton, Donna Summer, Count Basie, B.B. King, George Benson,…


Added by Edie Antoinette on July 2, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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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.
:: Funkinsoulman ::

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