This week I thought I would focus on local 45s. Since I live near the Delaware River, and thus close to New Jersey, I consider both Pennsylvania and New Jersey 'local'. The 45 featured tonight is - as far as I can tell - from New Jersey, C.J. Leach's "Branded" on Sheila Records.
"Branded" is a straightforward funk tune, just drums, guitar, bass, and an occassional bit from an organ player. OK, wait, I never noticed it before for some reason, but there are some horns behind the chorus. What really stands out for me is the chorus, when Mr. Leach is most soulful. But this tune has a real strong groove throughtout, and I'm sure it works well in a club.
Have a listen here. Nice one.