After posting here last month that I’d found the record that had been No. 1 on my wish list for 10 years, my friend Jim dropped me a note from across town. We had this exchange on New Year’s Day:
Jim: How cool that you found the Larry Williams & Johnny Watson LP. Glory be. You got the soul, brother.
Me: Yeah, I finally found that record. What do I do now? Don’t think I’ll quit digging, though. Still a handful of records left on my wish list.
Jim: I would like to see what’s left on your “wish list.” Must be some rather hard-to-find albums.
So I thought for a while and sent Jim this list toward the end of the evening:
- “Noah” by the Bob Seger System
- “Brand New Morning” by Bob Seger
- “Music from National Football League Films,” Vols. 2, 3 and 4
- “Merry Soul Christmas — George Conedy at the Hammond Organ”
- “Shaft” by Bernard Purdie
- “David (Unreleased LP and More)” by David Ruffin
- “Lady Lea” or “Excuse Me, I Want to Talk To You” by Lea Roberts
- Late ’60s/early ’70s Little Richard: “The Explosive Little Richard,” “Every Hour With Little Richard,” “King of Rock and Roll,” “The Second Coming,” “Right Now!” (Though I have seen a couple of these but passed for budget or quality reasons.)
- Late ’60s/early ’70s Mongo Santamaria: “Soul Bag,” “Workin’ on a Groovy Thing,” “Stone Soul,” “Feelin’ Alright,” “Mongo ’70”
- Anything by black college marching bands with rock/soul/R&B covers
It didn’t take long before I realized the list was incomplete. Also looking for stuff by the Easybeats … another record by the Foundations … another Lionel Hampton record on Brunswick … and, well, you get the idea. It’s a fairly fluid list. That opens up possibilities for finding records I’m not looking for while digging. Which explains why the last three records I bought were:
- “Baby Dynamite” by Carolyn Franklin from 1969.
- “Heart & Soul” by Johnny Adams from 1969.
- “Candy” soundtrack featuring the Byrds, Steppenwolf and Dave Grusin from 1968.
But back to the list I sent to Jim. Why, for example, am I looking for records from black college marching bands? Because “Tiger Time” by the Grambling University Marching Band is one of the coolest records I ever found, and I wasn’t looking for it. Now I’m looking for more, if they exist at all. Here’s why. Dig this!
Check out my original post about finding this record — a $2 record — to hear some cool soul covers. Dig the scintillating action they’re putting down!