Apologies for the unintended hiatus from my dark little recess of the internet here, but time spent with both family and friends alike, coupled with the lack of a decent internet connection made it some what of a no-go.
Fear not though trusty reader, we’re back here at the kick plate, flailing our way into the beginning of the year two thousand plus ten the way we mean to continue!
First up and I’d like to thank Eddie Stenner for allowing us to take over one of the rooms at his fantastic night on the 27th December at The Mud Club. Those that braved the sub-zero temperatures to join us made for a really top night! Great stuff!
Secondly, a huge thank you to everyone that joined us on Saturday for our monthly night at The Vestry. The turnout once again far and away exceeded our expectations and as always your support is always truly appreciated, as with out you it would just be two record geeks on their own in a big room! Head over to our Face Book page (which you can access by clicking the link on the right) where you can find a few photos from the night. Next up is our forthcoming Soul Weekender with The Impellers in February!!
So onto business and the 45 I bring you today follows on nicely from my previous James Brown post from Christmas Eve. Vicki Anderson’s ‘Message From The Soul Sisters’ on the King Record label has been a long favourite that I’ve only just recently finally managed to secure a copy of my own (Thanks JC!)
Having joined the James Brown Revue as a backing singer in 1965, Vicki Anderson was cited by The Godfather as being one of the best singers he had ever heard. She did two 3 year stints in the revue, the first from 1965-1968 when she was replaced by Marva Whitney (who we wish a speedy recovery to, having just suffered a stroke whilst on tour in Australia), and the second from 1969-1972 before Lyn Collins took over.
‘Message From The Soul Sisters’ was released in 1970 and not just only shows off Vicki Anderson’s vocal abilities, but also James Brown’s growing skills as a writer and innovative musical arranger as the genre pushed forward from soul on into funk.
The track kicks off with a rousing call to arms from Vicki Anderson, followed by the bouncy piano lick and fatback drums as all the pieces of the cut fall into place. This track still does the business on the dance floor and certainly turned a few heads when we dropped it at our last H&S outing!
Enjoy today’s offering, stay safe and I’ll be back here shortly with something special for you!