In The Basement
EDDIE BO & INEZ CHEATHAM-Lover And A Friend/ BETTY HARRIS-Mean Man/GUS ‘THE GROOVE’ LEWIS-Let The Groove Move You/BOBBY WILLIAMS-Boogaloo Mardi Gras/OLIVER MORGAN-La La Man/ROGER & his GYPSIES-Pass The Hatchet/EDDIE BO-What You Gonna Do; Fence Of Love/ZILLA MAYS-All I Want Is You/SKIP EASTERLING-Ooh Poo Pah Do/CHRIS KENNER-Come Back And See; Mini-Skirts And Soul/ESKEW REEDER-Undivided Love/ELDRIDGE HOLMES-The Book/BENNY SPELLMAN-Sinner Girl/MAURICE WILLIAMS-Being Without You/HUEY PIANO SMITH-Don’t You Just Know It/MAURICE WILLIAMS & the ZODIACS-Don’t Ever Leave Me/ EDDIE LANG-Gonna Make You Eat My Words/ LARRY DARNELL-Son Of A Slave/CLEMON SMITH-Brotherman, Sister Ann/DAVE BATISTE & the GLADIATORS-Funky Soul/LEE DORSEY-Gator Tail/WARREN LEE-Star Revue
New Orleans’ is well represented this time, not just here but by way of ‘Sehorn’s Soul Farm’, coming up later. There are just four duplicates between the two sets, not bad really and certainly not enough to be
off-putting financially. There are some erratic track lengths here though, three numbers clocking in at under two minutes, whereas one, viz Clemon Smith’s ‘Brotherman, Sister Ann’, introduced by an alarm bell, is well over six. Some of the funk was a bit too heavy for my taste, ditto the rather raw edge to certain of the productions but, in addition to the obvious tracks by Betty Harris, Zilla Mayes, Benny Spellman and Warren Lee (the four duplicates), I found the most pleasurable listening experiences came by way of Oliver Morgan’s ‘La La Man’ - drum, brass and jangling guitar - Eddie Bo’s femme-supported ‘What You Gonna Do’; the sax and drum roller, ‘Come Back And See’ from Chris Kenner; the clop-along ‘Undivided Love’ by Eskew Reeder with group back-up; Eldridge Holmes’ ‘The Book’, a brass and piano-backed loper, and Maurice Williams’ ‘Being Without You’, which fair romped along to a northern beat.