Friday, July 9, 2010

Bessie Griffin and The Gospel Pearls- Portraits in Bronze

The Gospels Pearls were an incredible gospel group consisting of Delores Addison, Jerry Moss, Patricia Bryant, Felma Johnson, Thelma Lewis, Tony Harris, Marlene Gwynn, Joe Clayton on Congos, Eddie Kendrix on piano, Billy Preston on Piano and Organ, fronted by Bessie Griffin and produced by Robert "Bumps" Blackwell. I never post anything about LP's, but this lineup alone merits this post.

For those who don't know, Bumps Blackwell is truly one of the most important producers and performers in Rock n Roll history. He recorded for Specialty in the 50's, produced, arranged and co-wrote a bunch of Little Richards first hits, had a hand in the careers of Ray Charles and Sam Cooke as well as countless other rock n roll groups in the 50's and 60's. I knew nothing of Mr. Blackwell's connection to this group or this album before I bought it though. Instead I found this LP in a search that is still incomplete to find a single or EP by The Gospel Pearls called "Two Little Fishes and Five Loaves of Bread" which is one of the most amazing songs I've ever heard which you can listen two below (if you have a copy that you want to sell or trade for email me please!).

Anyway, I found this album hoping that "Two Little Fishes" would be on it, and it wasn't. But the songs that were were almost as good. Particularly "Lord Don't Move The Mountain" and "Children Don't Get Weary" which both have a killer RnB feel to them. You can also listen to these songs below. I suggest that you go find a copy of this album and play it loud.

Children Don't Get Weary

Lord Don't Move The Mountain

Monday, June 14, 2010

Bobby Gregg and His Friends- Hullabaloo- Veep


So I went to a live record auction this weekend and it was quite an experience. Quite an experience as in forgetting that I'm a completely broke, complete fucking retard, and thinking that I was some sort of genius, I spent $100 on three lots of records, a 60's portable turntable and a vintage hi-fi cabinet that won't even fit in my apartment. Out of probably 300 records that I took home I think I found three that were of any interest. But, hey at least I got to listen to some guy say "5andanaandaanaandaanaandacanigettencanigettenigotfivedoiseetendoiseetenandana......" for two hours straight.

Anyway....of the three standout records here's my favorite, a frat-arded, fuzzed out, Diddley-Beat, dancer on the Veep label by Bobby Gregg and His Friends. Apparently Bobby Gregg was some sort of a drummer, who played with the Rolling Stones and had some connection to Simon and Garfunkel, luckily none of that shows on this fucked up slab of shellac. Make sure to check out the somewhat restrained, but still swinging tassel twirling flip, "Charly Ba-Ba" too!


The Hullabaloo

Charly Ba-Ba

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Only Sixteen- New RnB Mix


Here's another new mix of RnB that I just put together and wanted to share with all you Slopoholics. So far, 2010 has been an ace year for finding records. I've found a ton of new discoveries and crossed a good number of records off of my wants lists. I'm not sure how many great records I've bought so far this year, but here's a mix featuring sixteen of my favorites. If you like it please leave a comment and if you want a playlist you'll have to do the same.

Download it here:

Here's the tracklist:

Seven Day Fool- Etta James- Argo
That's a Pretty Good Love- Big Maybelle- Savoy
Only Sixteen- Tal Miller- Hollywood
The Worm- Bill Doggett- Columbia
Puppy Howl Blues- Big Moose- The Blues
Stranger Blues- Elmore James- Fire
Dragon Walk- The Nobelmen- USA
They Just Rocking & Rolling- V. and B. B.- J&S
Call Me Baby- The Happy Hoss- Stark
Scorpion- The Carnations- Tilt
Genevieve- Huey Smith- Ace
Pass The Hatchet pt 2- Rodger and The Gypsies- Seven B
I Don't Wanna- June Bateman- Sue
Hey Lover- Gene & The Jeanettes- Fortune
I Want To Know- The Extensions- Success
I Got Loaded- Little Bob- La Louisianne

Monday, April 19, 2010

I Want My Share- RnB Mix


Woa, its been a while since I've posted something on the Slop and for that I do apologize! And while its been over a month since I posted anything, that does not mean that I haven't had the blog in mind. No, to the contrary, I've been digging for records like mad and finding tons of new treasures to post here in the future, its just my computer has been on the fritz and I haven't had a lot of time to scan and record records.

Excuses aside here is a new mix I put together recently that I hope you enjoy. Its chock full of rare and retarded 45s that should keep you dancing and romancing, only one new acquisition (the Jack Hammer record) but nothing I've posted before.

I hope you enjoy it, let me know if you do and I'll post the tracklist if folks want it, just leave a comment.

Alright as requested here is the track list:

I Want My Share

Miss LaVell- Stolen Love- Duke
Jackie Shane- Sticks and Stones- Sue
Crash Craddock- I Want That- Columbia
Jack Hammer- Little-Bitty Goose Pimples- Kapp
Baby Washington- I've Got A Feeling- Sue
Billy Young- Glendora- Original Sound
The Buttons- Poppey Does The Mashed Potatoes- Columbia
Frankie Brunson- Ward 13- RCA
Jack Harris and The Arabians- Dog Wild- Cortland
The Chestnuts- Don't Go- Mercury
Ruth Brown- Sweet Baby of Mine- Atlantic
The Isley Brothers- The Snake- Wand
Phil Flowers- The Cleopatra- Josie
King Coleman- Down In The Basement- Togo
Billy Boy- Prisoner's Plea- Vivid
Cornell Blakely- I Want My Share- Rich
Diane Maxwell- Love Charms- Challenge
The High Keys- One Horse Town- Atco
Gino Washington- Now You're Lonely- W.I.G.
The Drifters- If You Don't Come Back- Atlantic
Koko Taylor- Tell Me The Truth- Checker
Betty James- Henry Lee- Chess
Howlin' Wolf- Three Hundred Pounds of Joy- Chess

Download it here:

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Robby John and The Seven-Teens - THE REVOLUTION- Del Fi

Here's a weird one. A screaming JD rocker about teenage emancipation from 1959. Totally stoopid. Apparently, in 1959 some DJ at a radio station in Portland Oregon played this song over 360 consecutive times in one day! Whatever you think of the record make sure you listen to the guitar break cuz its a motherfucker.


Sunday, February 21, 2010

Dance Party Mix


Hey everybody here is a mix of wild rock n roll, rnb, instromentals, garage and frat I threw together recently. Here's the instructions, download the file, burn it to cd, put it on yer stereo add drinks and there you go- the dance party will ensue. Enjoy. I'll post the track list in a few days if people leave comments.

Here's the tracklist:

Big Chief- The Motions- ABC Paramount
Don't Touch- Chico Holiday- RCA
Conservative Twist- JOey Vespo- Acetate
Shout Bamalama- Otis Redding- King
Louie Louie- Travis Wammack- Atlantic
Little Joe- The Sounds- Sunglow
Damper Down- Bobby Davis- M-Pac
Have Love Will Travel- The Sharps- Jaimie
The Rooster- Gabriel and His Angels- Amy
Clyde Clyde The Cow's Outside- The Counts- Panorama
Crossties- Dale Hawkins- Checker
Boogie Children- The Playboys- Jewel
Do Do Do- Commonwealth Jones- Columbia
Sweet Ruby Red Lips- Billy Boss and The Bosstones- Guyden
Chitlins, Etc.- The Counts- Panorama
Fat Back pt 2- Mr. Wiggles- Parkway
Funky Bull- Dyke and the Blazers- Original Sound
The Bull- Fred Harris' Red Tops Organ Trio- New Song
Castros Beat- Tasso (The Great) Kain- Kain
Hello Little Girl- Lloyd Price- KRC
Bon Ton Roula- Clarence Garlow- Goldband
Just Ask For What You Want- Finnimo- Duchess
Bone Shaker Joe- The Edsels- Capitol
Do The Mosquito- J.L. Smith- Friendly Five
Fail Safe- Big Sonny and His Furys- Best

Monday, February 15, 2010

Slooze a' Blooze

I love the blues. My love for all fucked up music is rooted in the blues. Here are five blues records that I really love.



CHARLES CLARK and Willie Dixon Band- Hidden Charms- ARTISTIC


GOOD ROCKIN' SAM- Don't Let Daddy Slow Walk You Down- EXCELLO




MOJO- Knockin' on My Door- FOLK ART


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

JIMMIE LEE GASTON- Why Don't You Stand by Me/ Oh Lord- GASTONIAN

Today, I am posting a record that I really dig. I found this record among a bunch of other killer records in an antique store while I was in San Antonio and like a lot of great records I found down there, I know next to nothing about it. The limited info that I've found out about this record has been pretty useless- Jimmie Lee Gaston was a gospel singer and preacher from Dallas who recorded this record. Hmm. Well, thats all I got.

In spite of knowing next to nothing about Jimmie Lee Gaston, this record is a motherfucking killer. Both sides slay. Both sides start out a little slow with some truly beautiful guitar playing and then kick into a stomping gospel shuffle with incredible background vocals.

In my opinion, aside from the recordings of Rev. Louis Overstreet and Rev. Charlie Jackson, this is one of the greatest gospel records I have ever heard. Please if you know anything about this record post a comment. Seriously, do your self a favor and listen to these two sides and make sure you have a blessed day.


Why Don't You Stand By Me

Oh Lord

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Valentine's Day Misery

I think I'm going to have a great Valentine's Day this year, but that doesn't mean I don't appreciate the pain that love can bring. In that spirit I present you with my favorite of all heartache songs.

And ladies listen to the words on this one, as Billy says "I ain't never gonna cry, I've been a man since I was a child!"



Monday, February 8, 2010

The Abominable Snow-man- The Copy Cats- Prince Records

abominable snowman

In case you ain't heard, Baltimore and DC just got walloped by one helluva snowstorm. I've spent most of the weekend shoveling out but that don't matter too much cuz Baltimore city hasn't come near my neighborhood with a snowplow! Well that sucks for a lot of reasons, but it gives me a good opportunity to smoke a lot of cigarettes, drink a case or two of budweiser and most importantly share this record with you. In the words of my good friend Bazooka Joe Diddley, "I take novelty records very seriously," and creepy novelty records about monsters the more seriously still. Well in that spirit, this record that I have for you today is a real humdinger.

The Abominable Snow-Man by The Copycats on the Prince label is a record that is in a league of its own. A halloween record about a snow monster. Well it don't get better than that. At least not in the middle of a blizzard. Dig it here baby!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Pat Patterson- Rat-a-ma-cue pt1 and 2


Here is a new acquisition that I really dig. The first side is a stomping jive talk tale of a hep rat that joins the army, travels the world and gets marooned in the jungle somewhere. The flip side turns into a wild jungle romp when Mr. Ratamacue is captured by cannibals travels to Arabia and becomes the "GI in the pot with the voodoo stew!" Dig it.

Rat-a-ma-cue Part 1
Rat-a-ma-cue Part 2

The Slop Is Back!

Alright everybody, I realize I haven't posted anything in a while, but that is all about to change. Thats right, The Slop is back and I'll be posting regularly again, well as regularly as I can at least. So sit back, relax and enjoy the records.