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”

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Conversation for album: Luther Ingram – 1972 – I’ve Been Here All The Time

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 14:17h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    Whoa, I’ve been waiting for this to drop…thanks, bro for saving my day! :Β¬)


  • k02
    Posted at 15:00h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    Superb thank you ever so much nikos.

  • johnny boy
    Posted at 15:18h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    Thanx Groovy Emmanuel this album is the bomb!!!!

  • lookin4crates
    Posted at 15:18h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    thanks again hom

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 16:14h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos. Always good post. He’s a good singer, and it’s a really good soul album.

  • Nobody
    Posted at 18:09h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    As a compliment for the nice albums you publish, my contribution the latest album of Luther Ingram from 1986.

  • hooch
    Posted at 18:31h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    Many thanks indeed!

  • GO
    Posted at 18:53h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    Ive been looking for this forever!!! Thanks.

  • Fin
    Posted at 19:51h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    Try to find the vinyl but it seems (you are right) so rare to obtain. Thanks god the rip is excellent. So at least i can enjoy this great piece of music till my lucky days comes (if ever)!

  • torsten
    Posted at 20:20h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    @fin: I recently found the vinyl on It wasn`t very expensive and in good condition. Don`t give up, you`ll get it soon. πŸ™‚

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 20:30h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    Nobody, it is very kind of you. Thanks for your contribution. Luther still sounds great. The year is 1986 and there’s drum machines and synthesizers but the voice is there supported by urban production. Worth to listen brothers.

  • CAN
    Posted at 20:44h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    You can never be disappointed here. One gem after another. so grateful man!

  • hook
    Posted at 21:00h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    thanks, looking forward to this one too.

  • Jazzy
    Posted at 21:08h, 19 June 2008 Reply

    another educating week in the best blog around! i am amazed by the quality of your work. Keep it up, mate.

  • rapidan
    Posted at 01:38h, 20 June 2008 Reply

    thanks for this album and also for the previous luther (‘if loving you is wrong’) – fantastic!

  • tswift98
    Posted at 02:14h, 20 June 2008 Reply

    Thank you and much respect Groovy emmanuel!!

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 03:53h, 20 June 2008 Reply

    Thank u fam! I know you’ll dig this… Just be around, music is the best!

  • st.Paul
    Posted at 06:54h, 20 June 2008 Reply

    a solid one. thanks for the drop.

  • i&me
    Posted at 06:57h, 20 June 2008 Reply

    thank you Groovy Emmanuel and nikos for introducing me to this great artist. Love these posts.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 14:44h, 20 June 2008 Reply

    real soul!!!

  • sophil
    Posted at 16:24h, 20 June 2008 Reply

    Nice post G.M. on this rarity. Can’t wait to hear more gems from you guys! Wonderful blog you have here Nikos. JAH may be with you. One Love!!!

  • Lester
    Posted at 20:50h, 20 June 2008 Reply

    much props for this one

  • Rich
    Posted at 21:20h, 20 June 2008 Reply

    Groovy emmanuel and nikos thank you so much for this wonderful post of luther ingram. hey nikos do u happen to have any jean carn.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 01:19h, 21 June 2008 Reply

    Rich, i have several albums on mp3 but in vinyl : Jean Carn’s self-titled debut for Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International Records could be subtitled “Philly soul at its best. So if you like it i can post it soon.

  • beats2go
    Posted at 01:31h, 21 June 2008 Reply

    thx alot!
    great site!

  • robert
    Posted at 02:40h, 21 June 2008 Reply

    wow, really stoked to hear this after that last gem. just in time for the weekend!

    thanks to groovy emmanuel for the luther and nikos for running this dope blog. respect!

  • manny
    Posted at 09:07h, 21 June 2008 Reply

    hey thanks for posting

  • Son
    Posted at 14:36h, 21 June 2008 Reply

    Amazing week brothers. Love and Respect.

  • Kizza
    Posted at 17:03h, 21 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks heaps emmanuel! Your efforts are greatly appreciated!

  • MotherEArth
    Posted at 18:08h, 21 June 2008 Reply

    So sweet! thanks for posting.

  • Pierre
    Posted at 02:44h, 22 June 2008 Reply

    Excellent records, both by Mr.Ingram. Thank you so much.

  • soulbrotha
    Posted at 07:16h, 22 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos! Great music from one of the best. What is weird to me about this album is the cover photo. Luther looks so androgynous! It took me a minute to realize it was a man.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 12:26h, 22 June 2008 Reply

    soulbrotha, i noticed that too. But i think it’s the photo. A studio photo. if you see back cover of the other album is normal. anyway the music is the important think and both albums are so great!

  • Gea
    Posted at 19:35h, 22 June 2008 Reply

    A million thanx for the amazing stuff you share with us.

  • eric karvelli
    Posted at 21:27h, 22 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks for this! Been needing this awhile!

  • Tony
    Posted at 02:05h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    Just discover this blog and i am breathless. Amazing collection. Rightly you say about gems. Top quality blog. (South Africa)

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 02:52h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    Awesome Album! Thanks Nikos and the Emmanuel Brothers

  • mike
    Posted at 04:20h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    thanks for this..although i think, “i dont want to be right” was better…big ups!

  • B.D.
    Posted at 06:40h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    Another masterful joint for real soul heads out there…much thanks!!

  • Andrew B.
    Posted at 10:45h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    Thank you guys. Missed this one.

  • Mutluhan
    Posted at 09:32h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    Thank you so much.. Great Album..

  • Arkane1
    Posted at 07:32h, 25 June 2008 Reply

    I am very grateful to know you and be your friend Nikos. I have enjoyed both Luther Ingram posts all week!!! Beautiful albums. Thank you very much!

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 11:44h, 25 June 2008 Reply

    Arkane1, the plesure is all mine. I OWN to you and the rest of the brothers of the amazing 4BB for the support and love. I feel so great being a part of the family. Thank you so much brothers!!!!!!!!!

  • maq
    Posted at 18:21h, 26 June 2008 Reply

    just came across this blog trawling the internet. going to bookmark it

  • maq
    Posted at 18:31h, 26 June 2008 Reply

    just came across this blog trawling the internet. going to bookmark it. ive been lookin for luther ingram albums.

  • Ricardo
    Posted at 14:25h, 30 June 2008 Reply

    Classy souther soul – this man was monsterous back then.

  • Chris
    Posted at 22:57h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    Nice work on this one! Thanks

  • dye
    Posted at 13:59h, 23 December 2008 Reply

    nice look on this!!

  • Daidodread
    Posted at 10:50h, 01 October 2009 Reply

    thank you great music

  • Ryan Lee Davies
    Posted at 18:39h, 15 February 2010 Reply

    Amazing L.P. had to get a copy from good ol’ U.S.A. as it’s literally impossible to pick up here in the U.K. cost about $20 with postage so not bad at all keep em comin bro awesome work check out
    for some u.k. homegrown funk and soul

  • Dan
    Posted at 12:41h, 21 February 2010 Reply

    Thank you for this great music.

  • Nimmania
    Posted at 09:11h, 08 May 2010 Reply

    Thanks. What is needed))

  • Afrodeezymak
    Posted at 18:11h, 19 June 2011 Reply

    Thanks for this! I must admit that I normally don’t take the time to drop a simple thank you when it comes to music blogs. I guess I am usually to hyped up about finding some rarity or something. Anyway thanks alot bro and keep the funk in your soul.

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