Review: This desirable 7" single brings together two of the many highlights from the bulging catalogue of New Orleans soul singer Ernie K Doe. On the A-side you'll find 1961's "A Certain Girl", a sweet rhythm and blues number from the dawn of the soul era that ticks all the right boxes (strong lead vocal, jaunty piano lines, lolloping groove, question-asking female backing vocals). Arguably even better is the better known "Here Come The Girls", a later K-Doe recording that was produced by the song's writer, Allen Toussaint, and originally appeared on the artist's eponymous 1972 album. We all know it, of course, but it still remains a sing-along soul staple.
The Anderson Brothers - "I Can See Him Loving You" (2:44)
Review: This essential soul 7" brings together two exceedingly hard-to-find 1970s classics for the very first time. On the A-side you'll find Connie Laverne's deliciously sweet and soaring "Can't Live Without You", a 1974 cut that sits somewhere between classic dancefloor soul and the then emerging Philadelphia International, proto-disco sound. On the flip you'll find another low-down, orchestrated slice of proto-disco perfection from New Jersey duo the Anderson Brothers. While nowhere near as tricky to track down as Laverne's A-side, "I Can See Him Losing You" is nevertheless similarly inspired and should be in the collection of every serious soul enthusiast.
Review: Two serious rarities from Pittsburgh's Little Hank. "Mister Bang Bang Man" is mythical northern soul anthem made famous at Manchester's infamous Twisted Wheel club in the early 70 and only saw very limited release on London Monument before becoming the sole preserve of savvy and lucky selectors. "Try To Understand" was Little Hank's debut from a year earlier in 1965. More of a straight up bluesy soulful ballad, it's still become a cult collector classic and, like the long-awaited A-side, regularly fetches triple figures. Until now...