George Kerr Songs
US-American singer, songwriter and producer born in Ocilla, Georgia but generally connected to the NY/NJ area. He sang lead for Little Anthony & The Imperials prior to learning production from Raynoma Liles Gordy. Kerr wrote and/or produced artists including Linda Jones, The Whatnauts, Manhattans, Lonnie Youngblood, The Escorts, Phyllis Hyman, Eddie Fisher (2), and especially for the roster of Sylvia Robinson's All Platinum.
One of the most legendary funk albums of the 70s – a real gem through and through, and filled with the best range of sounds the east coast scene had to offer at the time! The Skull Snaps only ever cut this one album during the early 70s – and it's a masterful blend of hard funk, sweet soul, and soaring group grooving – a mix that hangs together perfectly over the years, and which has the group sounding equally great on heavy funk and more club-oriented tunes! The group grew out of the earlier Diplomats group – and are working here with great production from George Kerr and arrangements from Bert Keyes – both talents who help keep the sound top-shelf throughout. Titles include the monster break track "It's A New Day" (which virtually became the blueprint for hip hop at the end of the 90s!), the uptempo groover "Trespassing", and the righteous funky soul cut "I'm Your Pimp"! Other titles include "My Hang Up Is You", "Having You Around", "I'm Falling Out Of Love", and "All Of A Sudden".CD
Softones & First Class
An unusual split album – and one that features excellent work from two great vocal groups from the east coast scene – both of them working here in a great mix of groovers and laidback mellow cuts! Both The Softones and First Class issued albums on their own – but their cuts here may well be some of their best of the decade – material so great, we wonder why neither were given the chance to expand further in these directions! The Softones have a poise and perfection that's even greater than on their initial recordings – really well-suited to the Philly-styled groovers on the record, and breaking out with some surprisingly great harmonies on the ballads too – titles that include "I Just Had To Dance", "Love Minus One", "Can You Feel It", and "Carla My Love". First Class get one less track, but more than carry their weight on the record – carrying things out with a great depth on the cuts "Laying My Heart On The Line", "Tell Me What You Want", and "Candy". Production and arrangements are by George Kerr, Rod Armstrong, and Marvin Brown – and according to the notes, The Jackson Sisters sing backup on the record too! CD features four bonus tracks too – "Carla My Love (inst)", "Space Cadet", and "I Just Had To Dance (12" version)" by The Softones – and "Don't Listen To Your Friends" by First Class.CD
Buddah, Early 70s. excellent compilation of lost soul put out by Buddah – featuring a bunch of obscure artists from the early seventies – presented here as "classmates" in the next wave of soul! Tony Lammar sings "It's Too Late" and "I'd Do Anything"; Timothy Wilson is produced by George Kerr on "Baby, Baby, Please" and "Say It Again"; Henry Lumpin is produced by Lou Courtney on "Soul Is Taking Over" and "If I Could Make Magic"; and Clarence "Papa" Burke produced Mama & Papa Stairstep on "Windows Of The World" and "I Remember You", and his kids on "Million To One" and "Something's Missing". Very nice – and like finding a pile of great lost singles!LP, Vinyl record album
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An 80s reissue pressing of this album with a title and cover that may seem a bit strange – but they make more sense when you know that The Escorts were all prisoners at the Rahway State Prison in New Jersey, where they were discovered by sweet soul producer George Kerr! Kerr really gave the group a great chance with this album – and recorded them live at the prison, in a weird tapestry of sound that interweaves great harmony soul numbers with some other bits that get at the grittier aspects of their life. The overall sound is right in the mode of Kerr's best productions – and sounds a fair bit like NJ soul of the Whatnauts/
Terry Huff & Special Delivery — Lonely Onefrom Terry Huff and his Special Delivery group – a hip 70s harmony soul ensemble who deliver some wonderful backup on the set! The record's a stone east coast classic from way back – arranged and conducted by Al Johnson, with a vibe that's a slightly more polished take on the harmony modes used by George Kerr over at All-Platinum – still never slick or commercial, but that great indie blend of heartbreaking vocals and deeper male sensibilities. Terry Huff has a high-end vocal approach that's great – never cloying or too-sweet, but nicely crackling and almost in a Ralfi Pagan mode at points. Huff wrote most of the songs, and titles include "Poochie", "The Lonely One", "When You're Lonely", "I Destroyed Your Love", "That's When It Hurts", and "Why Doesn't Love Last". (In case you didn't notice, this guy's pretty broken up about love!) CD also includes the bonus tracks "Come Back With Love (parts 1 & 2)", plus instrumental and 45 versions of "The Lonely One".CD
Norma Jenkins — Patience Is A Virtue
The only album ever cut by Norma Jenkins – a New Jersey singer with a surprisingly great ear for a deep soul groove! Norma's got a sound that's richer than most of her east coast contemporaries – a really robust approach that's almost more like some of the best southern soul singers of the period, and captured beautifully here, in ways that make us wonder why she never recorded more albums after this. The set's put together by producer George Kerr, right in the middle of a rich run of work for other artists in the 70s – and arrangements are by Bert Keyes and Andrew Smith – balancing equally between midtempo groovers, and some mellow tracks that are especially great. Titles include "Reachin' Out In Darkness", "Love Jones", "I Did It For Real", "Can You Imagine That", "I Fooled You", "It's All Over Now", and "You've Been Here Since Then". CD features loads of bonus tracks – including some early demos that Jenkins recorded with Kerr in earlier years. Bonus cuts include "I Can Wait My Turn" and "A Good Love Gone Bad", both duets with Troy Keyes – plus "A Lover's Stand", "This Is Our Day", "What's Next", and "The Airplane Song, all cut with The Dolls – and the tracks "Go Home To Your Wife", "Love Jones (single long version)", "Puzzle Man", and "One Girl Too Many".CD
Whatnauts — Introducing The Whatnauts
Fantastic work from one of our favorite sweet soul groups of all time – the mighty Whatnauts, a quartet who can always break our hearts with their songs! The Whatnauts definitely travel in the same territory as bigger groups of the time – like the Moments or Stylistics – but they've also got some deeper, darker currents too – a bit more of an edge, which comes through here on a few tracks – which also makes the sweetness of others even more powerful. The harmonies are incredible, and the production by George Kerr has this perfect moody vibe – on titles that include "I Just Can't Lose Your Love", "Message From A Black Man", "I'll Erase Away Your Pain", "She's Gone To Another", and the groovy instrumental "Souling With The Whatnauts".