*OUT NOW!* Sam Dees – Where Is The Love b/w Love Calls – Soul4Real ESP 7″

*OUT NOW!* Sam Dees – Where Is The Love b/w Love Calls – Soul4Real ESP 7″

15.75

Back in what now feels like a golden period in music and creativity, in the 1970s, many bands were formed by students. It almost seems like so many people could either sing, play, dance or write songs! This was also the case of several Woodland High School students in New York, who created Newban with fellow classmates.

The group started gigging around the tri-state area of New York, Connecticut and New Jersey, and were soon brought to the attention of legendary Bell Recording Studios audio engineer Malcolm Addey, who recorded with the band over a two-month period in 1974. Three years later the tracks made up two superb and sought-after albums released by tax scam label Guinness.

Legendary multi-talented soulman SAM DEES made his living not as a performer but as a jobbing songwriter. From his Birmingham, AL base, a stream of demo tapes went to a host of soul stars, but no matter how big they were, all connoisseurs know that the most compelling emotional rendition of a Sam Dees song was his own. And these two long forgotten gems from his most creative period in the late 70s and early 80s are superb resurrections.

The plaintive ballad “Love Calls” was one of three Dees songs covered by Tavares on their fine “Madam Butterfly” LP in 1979, and lead singer Pooch does a fine job for sure – mainly by sensibly sticking close to Sam’s guide vocal. Strangely, the melodic toe-tapper slowie “Where Is The Love” was never picked up for commercial release but Sam’s super double tracked vocal and delicious chorded keyboard playing are simply unstoppable.

Sensational stuff!

John Ridley

5 in stock (can be backordered)

Artist

Sam Dees

Title

Where Is The Love

Title B

Love Calls

Label

Soul4Real

Product#

186870

Cat#

S4R19

Release Date

15.06.2022

Grade Disc

NEW

Release Info

1970s

Distributed Item

YES

Reissue

NO

Country

ESP

Picture Sleeve

YES

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