Arnold Blair ‎– Trying To Get Next To You / I Won The Big Deal (This Time)

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alan.james

alan.james

September 18, 2018
referencing Trying To Get Next To You / I Won The Big Deal (This Time), 7", GMS 0504
'Trying to get next to you' a track that begun life as another obscure revival blues dance party stepper from South London's, 'Just Good Friends' sound system, featuring frontman and radio presenter Tony P, plus Stanley T and Mr Biggs, who during the late 80's into the 90's played a seminal role in shaping the modern soul steppers / rare groove scene in London and far beyond. They are unsung vintage soul music connoisseurs and 'crate diggers' up there with the most well known and influential DJ's and collectors such as Des Parkes and others. Breaking the likes of Arnold Blair, Starvue's 'Body Fusion', Lou Ragland's 'Making Love', The Vibrations 'Shake It Up', Maxi's awesome 'Lover To Lover', and they were also responsible for originally breaking in the UK (arguably the second most sought after track at the time after Body Fusion) Matt Covington's massive 'We Got One' plus many many more seminal obscure and now classic tunes.

JGF never received proper recognition because reissue labels like Expansion Records jumped on the bandwagon taking the undeserved credit, licensing and releasing many of the songs, without as much as a nod of acknowledgement in their direction.

That's the real story behind the revelation of these tracks, of which the originals are still sought after some 30 years later. A testament to JGF's discoveries of the obscure tracks that they breathed life back into during the 80's and 90's.
240661masterj

240661masterj

July 30, 2018
referencing Trying To Get Next To You, 7", Single, Mono, Promo, GMS 0504
ONE OF THE MOST PLAYED AND SOUGHT AFTER SOUL/RARE GROOVE TUNES IN THE MID 80'S EARLY 90'S ON THE UNDERGROUND SOUL SCENE IN LONDON...WHO WOULD'VE THOUGHT A RECORD MADE IN 1975 WOULD HAVE SUCH A MASSIVE/CULT FOLLOWING??? FOR ME EASILY IN MY TOP 3 ALL TIMES RARE GROOVES TUNES....LABEL:TOP DRAW!!!!! JUST OH SO DELICIOUS!!
iwc62

iwc62

March 6, 2017
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Trying To Get Next To You / I Won The Big Deal (This Time), 7", GMS 0504

Arnold Blair was a backing singer for Leroy Hutson. Arnold only released one record, sadly newspaper reports said he that was found murdered in his Holland Street apartment May 17 1996, but what a tune to be remembered by, a rare groove classic, co written & produced by the legendary Leroy Hutson. Look out for another track previously unreleased and recorded at the same session called 'Finally Made It Home'
https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth616349/m1/9/
scratchandsniff_Dan

scratchandsniff_Dan

December 22, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Trying To Get Next To You / I Won The Big Deal (This Time), 7", RE, SJR 347-7
Don't be paying daft money for this when you can buy it straight from the source for £9.99
https://soundsoftheuniverse.com/product/trying-to-get-next-to-you
arronpotter

arronpotter

October 18, 2016
edited over 2 years ago
referencing Trying To Get Next To You / I Won The Big Deal (This Time), 7", GMS 0504
Re-issue out on Soul Jazz Records, limited to 300 copies.
ruderoy123

ruderoy123

September 22, 2016
referencing Trying To Get Next To You / I Won The Big Deal (This Time), 7", GMS 0504
Cortez did a cover of Trying to get next to you, called "Girl i been watching you" back in 1990.
Blairikbeats

Blairikbeats

July 7, 2012
referencing Trying To Get Next To You, 7", Single, Mono, Promo, GMS 0504
Wonderful wonderful rare groove! Chicago soul at it's very best produced by Leroy Hutson. Strange that after creating this masterpiece Arnold Blair never released any other tracks? One of my favourite records of all time and it will make you feel good all over every time you hear this track.