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VariousMajor Bill's Texas Soul

Various - Major Bill's Texas Soul album cover

Label:Charly R&B – CRB 1167
Format:
Vinyl, LP, Compilation
Country:UK
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Genre:Funk / Soul, Blues
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Tracklist

A1Willie Hobbs With Pic & Bill*Action
A2Ede RobinDead
A3James Duncan (2)My Baby's Back
A4Bill Mills*Monkey Time
A5Willie HobbsOne Woman Lover
A6Robert & MattMr Pitiful
A7Matt Brown (13)A Man Without A Woman
A8Johnny CopelandIt's Me
B1Willie HobbsA Woman Is A Nice Thing
B2Robert Thomas (12)Soul Of A Man
B3Matt & RobertThese Arms Of Mine
B4Billy Mills (5)Under The Pines
B5Willie HobbsCry Cry Cry
B6Billy Mills (5)All These Things
B7Amos Milburn Jnr.*Evening In Paris
B8Sons Of Moses*Soul Symphony
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  • Bradx's avatar
    Bradx
    Edited 7 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.

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