Various ‎– Major Bill's Texas Soul

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Charly R&B ‎– CRB 1167
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Vinyl, LP, Compilation
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Tracklist

A1 Willie Hobbs With Pic & Bill* Action
A2 Ede Robin Dead
A3 James Duncan (2) My Baby's Back
A4 Bill Mills* Monkey Time
A5 Willie Hobbs One Woman Lover
A6 Robert & Matt Mr Pitiful
A7 Matt Brown (19) A Man Without A Woman
A8 Johnny Copeland It's Me
B1 Willie Hobbs A Woman Is A Nice Thing
B2 Robert Thomas (12) Soul Of A Man
B3 Matt & Robert These Arms Of Mine
B4 Billy Mills (5) Under The Pines
B5 Willie Hobbs Cry Cry Cry
B6 Billy Mills (5) All These Things
B7 Amos Milburn Jnr.* Evening In Paris
B8 Sons Of Moses* Soul Symphony

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Bradx

Bradx

February 22, 2015
edited over 6 years ago
Major Bill was more or less well known for his '50s RnR/'60s garage punk/teen pop productions but this is a great collection of fairly lo-fi soul, presumably mastered from rare 45s. The sound quality is a bit iffy should you be some sort of hi-fi nut but personally I like it a bit crispy and damaged.
Tons of highlights - Billy Mills with the Curtis Mayfield-penned hit for Major Lance The Monkey Time and also Under The Pines - both very memorable songs and performances.

Willie Hobbs' Action is a non-stop speeding rave-up too. I can't get it together to go through every track but special attention should be given to Ede Robin's desperately sad 'Dead'. Wow, they don't get much darker and deeper than this slice of suicidal self-pity. The crude production just adding another layer of pathos. She even describes the razor blade cutting through her wrist. I don't care who you are - black metal, doom, weeping country.... whatever.... nobody's made a darker record than this.... EVER.

There's a few covers, some total unnknowns and even a hit, of sorts, The Sons of Moses' instrumental 'Soul Symphony' was a biggie on the northern soul circuit in the 70s.