The summer of 1968 was, as always, hot and sticky in the middle plains town where I spent my youth. Taking American History for summer school meant attending class in the old, non-air conditioned high school downtown.
Reviews by Genre ‘Soul’
Within the last year or two a friend of mine told me she had found a copy of the Soul Clan album at a local music store. I had confessed that I had still never seen a copy of it. She paid an ample sum for her copy but I totally understood why and it’s hard to explain why if you don’t have vinyl in your blood, love in your heart and soul in your bones.
The emergences of Phillipe “Soul” Wynne, sharing lead vocal duties with tenor Bobby Smith was the final ingredient in the recipe of fame and success. Listen to “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” with Thom Bells’s keys underpinned by Larry Washington’s congas, the strings, the girls and finally, Wynne ad-libbing over the coda. The Spinners had arrived!
The Road From Memphis works better than Booker’s previous LP, Potato Hole for a couple of reasons. The the originals are much better songs and his collaborators are more sympathetic to his ideas. It sounds like Booker’s vision of a new LP was realized more than somebody else’s vision for a new Booker T. Jones album.
Bobby Sheen is best known as one of the two lead vocalists for Phil Spector’s Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, the other being Darlene Love. It was Sheen’s lead that carried the funkiest rendition of “Zip-A-Dee Do-Dah” to date. His other shining moment with the Spector crew was on A Christmas Gift To You, singing lead on “The Bells of St. Mary.” The relationship with Spector goes back to when Phil was an A&R man for Liberty Records, cutting the single “How Many Nights (How Many Days),” a Clyde McPhatter influenced gem of early 60’s r&b, which is also included on this collection.