South Shore Commission ‎– Free Man

Half Moon Records (4) ‎– HM-001, Scepter Records (2) ‎– HM-001
Vinyl, 12", 45 RPM, Unofficial Release

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Sticker on jacket states: " From The Forthcoming CD Compilation NEW YORK CLASSICS VOL.1 "

This is an un-released extended mix made to look like it was created by Tom Moulton,
but in fact was created without consent by Victor Rosado for this CD New York Classics (Volume One)

One-side 45 RPM pressing, with labels on both sides of the vinyl.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WND 11287 South Shore Commission Free Man(7") Wand WND 11287 US 1975 Sell This Version
WND 11287 South Shore Commission Free Man(7", Sty) Wand WND 11287 US 1975 Sell This Version
WND 11287 South Shore Commission Free Man(7") Wand WND 11287 US 1975 Sell This Version
UP-492-S South Shore Commission Free Man(7") Scepter Records UP-492-S Japan 1975 Sell This Version
7N 25688 South Shore Commission Free Man (Vocal)(7", Single) Pye International 7N 25688 UK 1975 Sell This Version


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January 12, 2016
edited over 3 years ago

The vinyl quality and pressing quality of the unofficial 12"s of the Tom Moulton mixes of I Need You and Free Man are poor-to-awful when played on an audiophile-grade system, assuming you are not suffering from hearing loss. They sounded so bad that I returned them to Vinyl Mania the following day after buying them. I can easily live without them. The Free Man remix is good, but it is a bit too long and it starts to drag after a while. A remix in the 8:00 range would have been more concise.

And there is no original Scepter-issued official test pressing/promo vinyl 12" of Free Man. If there was, it has to look just like the Scepter-issued double A-side vinyl test pressing/promo 12"s of Train Called Freedom, Chinese Kung-Fu and others from this period. A blank label vinyl 12" does not count. I challenge, and will pay, anyone who claims to have a copy to produce it for verification. :-)


December 9, 2011
edited over 7 years ago

This counterfeit release, which I received from my best DJ friend in downtown NYC, is probably sourced out from a 1975 take of (Tom Moulton assistant engineer) José Rodriguez's 10" acetates cut (displayed here: Train Called Freedom / Free Man) which for history became the very first promotional 12" then used to test as much crowd reactions as the sound. So this is sort of an illicit reissue of the 'lost promo' 12" used back then and the sound isn't bad!
It's probably the exact same track found on the first time officially released (a year later in 2006) Soul Jazz Records "A Tom Moulton Mix Vol. 1" vinyl and CD. This 12" here actually promotes (over its sticker) the 'upcoming' Soul Jazz Records Moulton compilation. Save the acetates.