Luther Ingram – 1972 – I’ve Been Here All The Time
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Luther Ingram’s Week continues with his rare debut on koko label, 2nd contribution from Groovy Emmanuel.
Luther, one of the greatest talents of his generation first got his start doing rougher, more fragile soul tunes but by the time of these 70s recordings, he’d really found his voice and hit a more confident, more sensuous style that could easily go head to head with Al Green or any of his southern soul contemporaries. There’s a key Stax connection to most of the material here, but the sound’s a bit different too thanks to the production efforts of Koko label head Johnny Baylor, who gives Ingram a sound that’s nicely apart from the pack.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Koko Records inluding covers.
A1. Ain’t That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One) 4.07
A2. You Were Made For Me 3.57
A3. Oh Baby, You Can Depend On Me 2.08
A4. My Honey And Me 3.15
A5. I’ll Just Call You Honey 2.51
A6. Since You Don’t Want Me 4.18
B1. Missing You 3.24
B2. I’ll Love You Until The End 3.43
B3. Be Good To Me Baby 4.11
B4. Pity For The Lonely 2.46
B5. To The Other Man 4.00
B6. Ghetto Train 3.46
Here is Groovy Emmanuel in his own words :
“Thanks a lot brothers for the quality of comments you posted here about Luther’s “(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don’t Want To Be Right”. And thank you Nikos for sharing our need to communicate!
Now we’re going for his first ever career album, “I’ve Been Here All The Time”. And what a great title to begin with, eh? So true! He’s been here all the time for sure, firstly by singing in a family gospel group, then by forming a secular vocal group along with his brothers (Luther was one of seven children, happy mom and dad!), they actually cut a 45″ produced by the likes of Ike Turner, and finally by starting a solo career in the early sixties by moving to the Big Apple, where he cut his own composition “You Never Miss Your Water”, which subsequently was drowned in some real deep waters, indeed!! He hit the bottom of the chart!!! But the man could write songs, and so on he did some background sessions there collaborating with Johnny Nash and the famed producers Jerry Leiberand Mike Stoller. He even shared a room with a young Jimi Hendrix for a brief spell! Oohh, some cold N.Y. weather for a southern kid!
And then in 1968 he went back south and signed to Koko, where he finally hit the charts with “Pity For The Lonely” (the ever lasting sad sound of southern soul..) and his own “My Honey And Me” covered succesfully later by Stax’s Emotions. Luther’s third single “Ain’t That Loving You (For More Reasons Than One)”, originally sung by Johnny Taylor for Stax (yet again!) in 1967, became his first top 10 r’n’b hit!
And that is how we’ve come to the release of his first full album which includes a couple of further hit singles apart from these mentioned above.
Now, enjoy it brothers, this is a little piece of history, a small detail perhaps, but a tasty bit of spice in a great meal, and that is seventies soul music.”
Watch Luther’s sixth Koko single “I’ll Just Call You Honey”