Soul picks from Nick Cope

From Nick:

The Pets -I Say Yeah (Carnival)
George Clinton was involved in making this track. I think he even
played the keyboard solo too.

Oscar Wright -Fell In Love (Hemisphere)
Also came out on another label. I think Hemisphere was the original
release, not sure. The other label was Fairmount.

Soul Circle by Spot & The Blotters was on Equal, a Michigan label. It's the inst flip to Circulating, the same track but with vocals on. It doesn't work well with vocals! The Spot 45 has possibly the maddest studio edit ever...!


Anonymous Anonymous said...

great stuff

3/18/2006 04:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spot and the Blotters played the West Michigan circuit, but may have originated from Chicago. 'Spot' was a travelling stand-up comedian who somehow got incorporated into the Blotters act. P.J. Spice, who recieves, I believe, a production credit on the 45 is in fact a pseudonym of Palmer James, of Al Greene/People's Choice (wood city) fame.


3/20/2006 08:44:00 AM  
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3/22/2006 12:51:00 AM  
Blogger Brent Goodsell said...

I just want to say the Oscar Wright 45 is perfect.

3/22/2006 12:52:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That Oscar WrightJr. is insane . Thank You very Much.

3/23/2006 03:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they called themselves spot and the blotters because spot was black and the blotters white.

3/24/2006 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger Brent Goodsell said...

Ah hah!

3/25/2006 01:01:00 AM  
Blogger callum77 said...

Oscar Wright courtesy of the Rookie, other side is slightly happier and worth a spin too. Almost as good as Bob Meyer "I only get this feeling", or matched perfectly when played back to back.

Interesting point re Palmer James / PJ Spice. How was he involved w/ Al Greene and how many records did People's Choice do on Wood City? (I know of only one).

4/11/2006 06:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How widely did Spot and the Blotters tour? Did they do the 'chitlin circuit' down south (including Mobile, AL) during the 60's? I thought I heard of them when I briefly lived down there 67-70..

4/20/2006 11:06:00 AM  
Blogger aaron anderson said...

Not sure anyone's still paying attention to this but...

Re: Palmer James and Al Greene

Palmer James and his high school friend (and bandmate), Curtis Rodgers discovered Al Green. Al was working at a fish fry on Wealthy street in Grand Rapids, Mi, when he was approached by the two entrepreneurs who were hoping to replace the lead singer of the People's Choice (the Palmer label People's Choice, not the Phil-la-of-Soul one) who had recently left the group while on tour. Al did, in fact, fill in for a few shows, but Palmer and Curtis immediately recognized his potential as a solo artist and pulled him from the group. As a result, the People's Choice broke up, though they would eventually reform under the direction of P&C w/ new players and vocalists. The revamped People's Choice cut one single on the Wood City label ("Destruction" b/w "Offspring", the only single on the label) and then disbanded.

As for Spot & the Blotters, I wreckon there's a good chance they toured down south, as many of the local artists I've spoken with played the chitlin' circuit at some point. I'll ask Curtis next time I see him, but I doubt he'll know. The Spot & the Blotters single was recorded on a whim, two days after Palmer saw the group play live in Grand Rapids.


8/17/2006 07:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know where I can find anything else by the Pets? I'm obsessed with "I Say Yeah" and would like to hear more from them.

4/12/2007 10:54:00 AM  
Blogger Shina said...

Too much quality to my ears. I love this. A good selection of rarities.
Thanks for share all this with teh world.
From Madrid, Spain, best regards

7/26/2008 08:02:00 AM  

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