Monday, August 21, 2006

The Ladies Choice

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Here's a great early 70s mover, Boby Franklin's "The Ladies Choice". Originally released on the Fee label outta Detroit, this 45 received spins on the northern soul scene in the mid-70s. I first heard it on a Golden State Soul Club cassette entitled "Saucy 70s" min the late 90s. At the time, I was not a fan of the 70s soul sound, and that cassette helped to widen the soul spectrum for me. One of the featured tunes was "The Ladies Choice".

"Ladies Choice" has a crashing 4/4 beat, a wah-wah guitar, and a bass that supports it all. A vibraphone moves through the background, adding a nice texture. Male backing vocals support the lead, and they help to add depth. Come to think of it, this is a pretty rough tune, there's an edge here - primarily in the guitar and that thunderous beat. Sounds great on vinyl. Now if I could only find that "Saucy 70s" cassette, I need more 70s recommendations.


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