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"Hold It Baby"
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“Hold It Baby”: Swedish Soul

Sweden’s Slam Creepers, judging solely by their name, sounds like a band of relatively recent vintage (e.g., 1980s hardcore?), and yet, their first single from 1966 is among the earliest releases for Sweden’s Bill Records. The following year, Slam Creepers’ “After Leaving You” would be included on a seven-inch flexi-disc —

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"Liberation"
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Liberation’s Sweet Sound

The alluring flute and vibraphone are just a ploy — liberation’s crafty end game of using music to help listeners recognize the shared humanity that binds us all: “Liberation“ The Afro-Blues Quintet Plus One (1965) “Liberation” is the debut single from The Afro-Blues Quintet Plus One, who released five albums

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"Soul Vibrations"
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Dorothy Ashby’s Jazz Harp

Just as Rufus Harley expanded the musical possibilities of the bagpipes, Dorothy Ashby likewise liberated the harp from its orchestral internment.  Dorothy Ashby was, as it says on her 1957 debut album, a “jazz harpist” — though not strictly.  1968’s “Soul Vibrations” as you can hear, also incorporates funk and

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"Bumpin' on Sunset"
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“Bumpin’ on Sunset”: Organ + Strings

Thanks to brother Bryan for tipping me to a book that, amazingly, has only been written in the last couple years:  Rock ‘n’ Roll Billboards of the Sunset Strip.  Most of us music fanatics who live on this side of the Mississippi, sadly, have never had the opportunity to see

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"Baked Jam Roll in Your Eye"
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“Baked Jam Roll in Your Eye”: Unlikely Alien Invasion

Eyeballing the list of artists who released 45s on Decca‘s progressive imprint, Deram, I am amused by the “far-out” band names that remain largely unknown on this side of the pond: West Coast Delegation The Wards of Court Rubber Bootz Cuppa T Granny’s Intentions John Street & the Inmates of

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