Brenton Wood – 1967 – Baby You Got It

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Brenton Wood’s charmingly unpredictable phrasing and his infectious sense of good times made the smooth uptown soul of “The Oogum Boogum Song” and “Gimme Little Sign” into hits in 1967. Despite his skill as a pop-soul vocalist, Wood was never able to match such heights again, yet those two songs became genuine R&B classics of their era.

Getting it while the getting was good, Double Shot records issued this LP the same year they dropped Oogum Boogum. “Gimme  Little Sign“, which was also included on Oogum Boogum, exploded worldwide and “Baby You Got It” had the same potential. An organ is the most dominant instrument on these half-baked but likable tracks. The songs are bubblegum-ish lyrically and musically but are not nearly as inane as the idiocy Buddah records was releasing on Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Company, and others; besides, you can’t help but admire Wood’s vocal aerobics (AMG).

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Double Shot Records LP including covers

Tracks
A1 Baby You Got It 2:00
A2 Me and You 2:40
A3 Ooh-La-Da-Dee 2:00
A4 Darlin’ 2:32
A5 Give It Up 2:10
A6 Catch You on the Rebound 2:12
B1 Gimme Little Sign 2:19
B2 Trouble 2:28
B3 Little Happy-Go-Lucky Girl 2:38
B4 Need You Girl 2:30
B5 Two Time Loser 2:00

Review by RDTEN1

In the wake of Brenton Wood’s significant chart successes with the singles ‘The Oogum Boogum Song’ and ‘Gimme Little Sign’ it was only natural that record label management would push for a rapid follow-up.  Wood’s second release within the last twelve months, “Baby You Got It” did little to tamper with the basic formula that made his earlier release such a pleasure.  Unfortunately, even though the album continued Wood’s collaboration with producers/writers Joe Hoveen and Hal Winn, the short turn-around and pressure for more material was apparent across the album’s dozen tracks.  At least to my ears, a couple of the songs sounded like unfinished demos (‘Ooh-La-Da-De’), while other performances sounded dated as if they’d been pulled out of the tape archives (‘Me and You’).  That wasn’t to imply the album was a waste. Much of the collection underscored Wood’s artistic strengths, including a playful voice that was instantly identifiable and a sense of enthusiasm that you seldom came across.  Exemplified by material like ”Baby You Got It’, ‘Give It Up’, and ‘Little Happy-Go-Lucky Girl’ the set offered up another attractive collection of Southern California-influenced pop-soul.  Unless you’ve heard it, the hybrid’s hard to accurate describe – too pop to be consider true soul, and too soul to be considered true pop – you’ll frequently see it referred to as ‘brown eyed soul’.  Elsewhere, featuring an autoharp solo (not your everyday soul instrumentation), ‘Catch You On The Rebound’ and the surprisingly bluesy ‘Trouble’ stood as personal favorites.

– Blessed with a great pop-soul melody and an instantly infectious chorus,  ‘Baby You Got It‘ was the album’s standout performance.  As good as anything on the debut album, it was easy to see why Double shot tapped it as the collection’s debut single.  Shame it wasn’t longer.
– Apparently meant as a tribute to his 1950s musical roots, ‘Me and You‘ was a period piece ballad.  While it was interesting to hear Wood employ a crystal clear falsetto and a spoken word segment, the song was simply too old fashioned for pop-soul fans
– Featuring a double tracked vocal, one channel showcasing Wood in an uncomfortable falsetto, ‘Ooh-La-Da-De‘ could have been another classic, but instead sounded stark, somewhat clumsy and incomplete.  To my ears it’s always sounded like an early demo.   Not nearly as smooth as some of the other tracks, but still worth hearing.
– Another ‘retro’ sounding, ‘Darlin” has a more distinctive late 1950s’ soul feel.  Kicked along by some Farfisa organ and a nice bass pattern, imagine a younger Solomon Burke with a Southern California background
– Offering up one of Wood’s trademarked, breezy pop-soul performances, ‘Give It Up‘ was clearly a throwaway track.  Musically there simply wasn’t a great deal to the song, the band finding a small groove and locking into it for two minutes while Wood vamped over the top, but his upbeat performance made it a winner.
– There was no denying that ‘Catch You On The Rebound‘ was little more than a reworked version of some of his earlier efforts.  That said, the harpsichord and flamenco guitar backing gave the song enough flavor to make it enjoyable.   Would have made a strong single.

– While there was no doubt it was a great song, the decision to include ‘Gimme Little Sign‘ was kind of a mystery since it was featured on the debut album.  Guess they needed to pad the album’s running time.
– Unlike anything else on the album and one of two tracks that wasn’t written by Hoveen and Winn, ‘Trouble‘ was a dark and disturbing blues number.  Featuring Farfisa organ and acoustic guitar, the initial impact was jarring (where was happy face Brenton Wood?), but the end result was one of the album’s most impressive performances.  Double shot came back to it as a single in 1968.
– The other ‘outside’ composition, ‘Little Happy-Go-Lucky Girl ‘ provided another performance highlight.  In spite of the title, this one offered up a somber, mid-tempo ballad with Wood using his best pleading voice to try to woe a reluctant woman.  Nice !!!
– For some reason the combination of Wood’s voice and acoustic guitar has always struck me as being very attractive.  In this case ‘Need You Girl
‘ was a sweet, low-keyed ballad with a great and totally unexpected spacey organ break .
– ‘Reaching back for the same creative ingredients, ‘Two Time Loser‘ was another heartfelt, acoustic guitar powered ballad.  Even better than the earlier ‘Need You Girl’.
– Closing the album, ‘Goodnight Baby‘ was another song that sounded like an unfinished demo to my ears.  The song was nice enough with the lyric about a sleep walking girlfriend putting on a robe to come see him bringing a smile to my face, but would have been even better with a bit more production support.

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36 Comments
  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 01:34h, 04 July 2010 Reply

    One of my favourite smooth soul singers. And in “Catch you on the rebound”, one of my all-time favourite songs. This guy deserves to be up with the greats like Sam Cooke for style, finesse and shrewd craftmanship. Truly wonderful post Nikos.

  • Buzzie
    Posted at 22:49h, 04 July 2010 Reply

    Molto buono
    Thank

  • Heavysoulbrutha DaveB
    Posted at 00:47h, 05 July 2010 Reply

    Thanks a lot for this one. I really love “Catch You On The Rebound.” Peace and SOUL…

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 02:08h, 05 July 2010 Reply

    Much Thanks!! Very underrated artist.

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 05:42h, 05 July 2010 Reply

    Wonderful, once again, thank you !!!

  • Alexandros
    Posted at 09:36h, 05 July 2010 Reply

    Thanks! It should be listened.

  • konstantinos
    Posted at 16:06h, 05 July 2010 Reply

    Great album but I notice that this is not a 320 rip. If it’s possible to re-up in better quality i would be grateful! Thank you for the music anyway!

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 18:06h, 05 July 2010 Reply

    Great stuff. Thanks so much.

  • Justin
    Posted at 20:39h, 05 July 2010 Reply

    Completely unknown to me.
    Very interesting. Thank you.

  • Bobby
    Posted at 22:46h, 05 July 2010 Reply

    Thanks, Niko.

  • mavrtje
    Posted at 09:49h, 06 July 2010 Reply

    Very nice, thank you!

  • Fernando
    Posted at 10:18h, 06 July 2010 Reply

    Nice surprise and much appreciated.

  • dj85
    Posted at 10:46h, 06 July 2010 Reply

    Great post. we need more comments. I have to disagree, the quality is great. Thanks alot.
    dj85

  • rich
    Posted at 22:12h, 06 July 2010 Reply

    thank u for this album nikos

  • Alvaro
    Posted at 23:27h, 06 July 2010 Reply

    Gracias por este post

  • bblob
    Posted at 23:38h, 07 July 2010 Reply

    delightful!

  • Michell
    Posted at 00:39h, 08 July 2010 Reply

    can’t wait to finally hear this, thanks!

  • Sebastian
    Posted at 10:04h, 09 July 2010 Reply

    Thank you for sharing this album. It is wonderful!

  • Cruz
    Posted at 19:40h, 09 July 2010 Reply

    I didn’t know this album existed so this one is going to be a real treat.

  • El Slick
    Posted at 07:10h, 11 July 2010 Reply

    Ogum Boogum my man. Thanks for keeping it real and soulful.

  • Son
    Posted at 11:21h, 11 July 2010 Reply

    Many thanks for this excellent album!

  • Al
    Posted at 05:56h, 12 July 2010 Reply

    Thanks, man – great album!

  • Stefano
    Posted at 19:28h, 12 July 2010 Reply

    Based on the review, I can’t wait to hear this one.

  • Pat
    Posted at 09:23h, 13 July 2010 Reply

    Never disappointed with your selections! Thank you.

  • John
    Posted at 12:49h, 13 July 2010 Reply

    Thanks again for some wonderful Soul Music……..great taste as per usual !!

  • phil
    Posted at 15:24h, 14 July 2010 Reply

    excellemt

  • Jason
    Posted at 09:46h, 15 July 2010 Reply

    A nice surprise. Thank u.

  • Eric
    Posted at 19:22h, 15 July 2010 Reply

    Heard some good opinions about this one. Glad I can listen to it soon. Thanks.

  • Carlos
    Posted at 11:40h, 16 July 2010 Reply

    Obrigado.

  • Trudy
    Posted at 05:47h, 18 July 2010 Reply

    Like many, Gimmme Little Sign was a big favorite of mine. Looking forward to hearing this album. I always had the 45. Your choices are always great. Keep up the good work.

  • onejazzyman
    Posted at 16:05h, 18 July 2010 Reply

    I always wondered what happened to Brenton Wood. Gimme Little Sign was a good pop record but Mr. Wood never achieved the success as a lot of other artists did. Great post. Thanks.

  • uncleken
    Posted at 02:20h, 19 July 2010 Reply

    This is soul music at its best – thanks so much for this gem

  • Joe
    Posted at 00:05h, 24 July 2010 Reply

    I love it! Can you find Brenton Wood 18 Best… I love this music Thank you

  • Papi420Chulo
    Posted at 05:26h, 07 August 2010 Reply

    I’ve met Mr. Wood several times in person & he is a great guy! And he can still sing his ass off! He is a LEGEND in Los Angeles! Brenton You Got It!!! Great blog by the way!!!

  • pocoloco
    Posted at 12:19h, 20 August 2010 Reply

    This album blew me away!

    Greetings from Oslo

  • Jan
    Posted at 17:29h, 01 May 2013 Reply

    I’ve never heard of him, I will listen to his music.

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