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Sunday, 21 February 2010

Paul Jones: Thinkin’ Ain’t For Me / Softly (1967)


 
continuing from the previous post, here we also have a solo release by the singer of a successful group, who lost most of his fame when departing from it. paul jones had been the singer of the all too well known group manfred mann until being replaced by mike dabo in 1966 (although they both strangely look quite alike – and i did mix them up first – it was mike who was with the band at their high times, he is the guy who sang the unforgettable mighty quinn for instance). some side-facts in between: before that, jones had briefly been vocalist with alexis korners blues (!) incorporated, just as young mick jagger had been – but to be honest, i could imagine mick a hundred times more easily being with that group than jones. anyway, at the same time that jones left mann, or rather simultaneously, manfred manns bass player jack bruce left to form cream with eric clapton, and ginger baker, with whom he had played in the graham bond organization before joining the manfreds. jack bruce was replaced by the (far not as famous as he deserved) german bass player klaus voormann, best known …

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Sunday, 17 January 2010

Rob Hoeke’s R&B Group: Jolita / Jolita (Instrumental) (1968)


 
another 45 by dutch boogie woogie hero rob hoeke and his r&b; group, the flipside being an instrumental version of the a-side, a tribute to manfred mann (though i must admit that ive never heard this song by mann before, i must look out for it).
jolita is a nice and sweet pop song, but the female backing vocals can get on ones nerves after a while, thus i prefer the instrumental version. what is even nicer about this 45 is the lovely fold-out psychedelic paper sleeve of which i made scans from the in- and outside. the text on the inside unfortunately is in dutch, so i dont understand a word, otherwise id have typed it here of course (if someone could translate this for me, id be just grateful!).
the song itself is credited to manfred mann and mike hugg, thats why theres a picture of mann on the inside and his name on the outside. now this is whats so clever about the cover design: on the front it says “manfred mann” in big letters and “manfred mann played by rob hoeke r&b; group” underneath. if you turn the record around, you have …

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