Posts Tagged ‘Academy Records’

Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Listen: Black Woman / Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band
Black Woman / Don Covay & The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band

I don’t believe this story is uncommon amongst vinyl collectors.

Once an artist strikes that magic nerve in the system, you kind of need all of their records, or certainly the ones specific to the time period before they morphed into something way different.

This is exactly the case with Don Covay and me. I had many of those Atlantic singles, instinctively picking them up through the years based on an initial name introduction via early albums by The Rolling Stones. At any given moment, one of them hits you, all the rest get pulled out, examined and played. Then boom. The process begins. Regardless of day, time or convenience, a plot to complete the catalog materializes.

Ebay has made this so easy. A lot of my collector friends hate ebay, all cranky that it takes away from the back aching digs through boxes in record shops and rummage sales and things. I don’t get that, those moments will never go away. Ebay is like getting take-out food delivered. No different. Doesn’t mean you’ll never cook for yourself again. What’s the problem?

In an effort to complete the Don Covay Atlantic releases, I dig up a discography and think, the one that has forever eluded me is ‘Black Woman’ from ’69. It doesn’t sound familiar at all and I would’ve certainly remembered the Jefferson Lemon Blues Band bit. From the song title alone, it sounded very in tune with the times, black power fisted slants on records from Miles Davis to Jefferson Airplane being ever present then. ‘Black Woman’ had to be a great one.

So today I go digging through some .50¢ boxes at Academy Records in Williamsburg, and what do I find? Yep, the final component to having a complete Don Covay Atlantic singles library right here in the comfort of my own home.

I love that shop. Similar to most, the 45′s are second fiddle at best. Probably they don’t sell many, and great ones aren’t exactly walking through the door often. But the staff, as nice as they are, just don’t seem to have a consistent grasp on values or importance when it comes to Soul / Rnb / Northern / Jazz 7′s.


So now the follow-up punch line to my first sentence: I get home, clean the record up, give it a few plays and once totally satisfied, decide to file it away.

And what do I find? I already own a copy.

Well, one can always use a safety.

Big Lucky

Thursday, September 26th, 2013

Listen: Stop Arguing Over Me / Big Lucky

Levester Carter, a native of Choctaw County, Mississippi, became Big Lucky in ’68 when local Memphis disc jockey A.C.’Moonah’ Williams put Big Lucky Carter, his then stage moniker, in touch with Hi Records boss Willie Mitchell, who demo’d him at the Hi studios.

Liking the result, he coupled ‘Miss Betty Green’ and ‘Stop Arguin’ Over Me’ as the first of two singles for the label’s subsidiary M.O.C. (MOC 670), released April 7, 1969, according to an old production schedule from Hi/M.O.C.’s parent label, London Records, that I have poured over for many hours through the years

His ‘I’ve Been Hurt’ (MOC 673) followed as an A Side on Dec 8, 1969. Local airplay limited both records’ reach, resulting in very few pressings, sales and available copies nowadays.

Therefore a rewarding find last week at Academy’s moving sale. Love that place.

Henry Mancini & His Orchestra

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Listen: The Party / Henry Mancini & His Orchestra

From the fairly obscure Peter Sellers film, THE PARTY. Henry Mancini & His Orchestra must have been the film industry’s go to during this period of the 60′s. It’s pretty hard to top his Pink Panther theme, but this one comes close. I had no idea there was even a soundtrack, but should have figured as much. An unexpected 50¢ discovery last week at Academy’s moving clearnace sale in Williamsburg.

Not sure if I laughed harder at any movie scene more than the bathroom episode below.

Mongo Santamaria Orchestra

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Listen: Yeh-Yeh! / Mongo Santamaria Orchestra

Mongo Santamaria’s early to mid-60′s singles are all really worth picking up if you stumble across them. He’s cited for creating the Boogaloo scene, whatever that is. Still it sounds inviting to me. Basically those latinesque leaning singles spilled into the hipster bachelor pad column easily, and I admittedly liked it all, or should I say dug it all.

‘Yeh-Yeh!’ escaped me for years. And as it nudged it’s way up to the $25-$35 mark, I just refused to grab one. Like ‘Sunny, I’ll take any version of the song at any time. And so with great patience, I finally found a copy at my favorite place in New York. Academy Records in Williamsburg. I love their $1.00 boxes on the floor under the higher priced items in the racks. I love those boxes almost as much as I love the BROOKLYN VEGAN obsessed clerks filling them.

The Quotations

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Listen: I Don’t Have To Worry / The Quotations

Sifting, separating. Everyone’s favorite thing to do with records.

In this particular case, I’m referring to the 45′s. Really making headway, immersing some big collections I’ve acquired into the master library, and finding doubles. Always a joy. Every so often a box is partially jammed with “where the hell did this stuff come from” items. Not via the aforementioned collections, but most likely garage and estate sales, church rummages and one of my favorite places for Northern and obscure soul, Academy Records in Williamsburg.

I’ve covered my love for the place previously, and never walk out with less than one gem, usually for $1 or lower.

So tonight, Phil came by for several hours of spinning and filing. We stumbled on a big pile of soul and Northern stuff, most likely from Academy, and found some real shockers. Like this one.

No sooner than ten seconds in, we were pawing through THE NORTHERN SOUL PRICE GUIDE, knowing surely it’d be there. Not wrong, The Quotations’ ‘I Don’t Have To Worry’ listed loudly as very, very desirable. And not without justification.

It isn’t often we repeat a single more than once when faced with a box that needs playing. This one got three spins.

No idea where these guys are from, nor do I know wack about their origins.