Today’s Friday 45 comes from Syl Johnson, a flipside to his 1971 single “That’s Why” on the Chicago label, Twinight. This was featured on my mix of Deep Soul from a few months back, which you can hear here, or later on Reform Radio, when it airs as OOQ pt.54.
Crushing drums, heavy wah guitar from the legendary Dennis Coffey, and vocals like only Betty Lavette can deliver. This is no doubt one of the heaviest 45s I own.
When Betty Lavette re-released her seminal track “Let Me Down Easy”, reimagined as a heavy funk number the writers at Karen Records, inspired by the recent Moon landings, penned “Ticket To The Moon” as the flipside.
The arrangement by Dale Warren (of Mowtown and latterly Stax) is incredible and the vocals powerful. I love how it always sounds like Lavette’s voice is on the verge of breaking, but she just contains it. It’s got a bluesy quality with a serious amount of soul and is so distinct.
Turn this one up!
This mix is one that i’ve been meaning to make for a while, so it’s with great pleasure that I finally get to share with you a collection of my all time favourite Deep Soul 45s.
I’m going to be releasing a mix of Deep and Sweet Soul from 45s in a fortnight, so to get in the mood for that, this weeks playlist is a selection of Deep and Sweet Soul featured on the OOQ radio show. Enjoy!!
*Disclaimer – There are a few spoilers of the mix so look away now if you don’t want to spoil the surprise.
After a brief hiatus, i’m back on the Friday 45s with this deep number. As sampled on the latest Wu-Tang album and featured on OOQ pt.43.