Patterson Twins – 1978 – Let Me Be Your Lover
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Rare Modern Soul Holy Grail.
I had no idea of this record since i noticed that it was sold for 620 bucks on ebay recently and as you can see here never sold less than 350.
It contains “Gonna Find A True Lover” a brilliant 70’s modern soul dancer an extended album version with it’s saxophone break that builds to a climax during the final 60 seconds. Nice ballads and disco – flavoured songs make it “a must “ for every soul fan.
A1. Let Me Be Your Lover 5.28
A2. He’s A Looser 5.45
A3. How Long Must The Show Go On 5.22
A4. A Good Thing 2.34
B1. Gonna Find A True Love 5.20
B2. Funk Machine 3.15
B3. You Give Me Someone To Love 4.00
B4. Disco Dream 5.08
Review by Trakbuv
“Date: 9th December, 1946, a mother from Magee, Mississippi is in labour bearing twins – with Estus bolding venturing into the outside world just 15 minutes before his sibling Lester. And so the Patterson Twins are born. They cut their baby teeth on a traditional Church upbringing, eventually becoming part of the gospel group, the ‘Southern Sons’. They then broke away to establish themselves as a duo under the imaginative title, ‘Soul Twins’. After graduating from High School, they moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, but continued to travel back to neighbouring Jackson, Mississippi to attend a Mid-South Revue during the period of 1968-69. That migrational behaviour eventually paid off as they were spotted by Hense Powell, who subsequently put them on his show among the likes of Dorothy Moore.
As the Soul Twins, they recorded several singles under the Big Beat banner (based in Greenville, Mississippi) during 1972, before joining Star Fox Enterprises using the revised title of ‘The Patterson Twins’. Again, several 45s emerged from this tenure, this time on King Records, one of which is included on the LP presented here (the track ‘A good thing’). Also around this time (1973) they recorded the wonderful two-step groover ‘I need love’ on Malaco records, that wasn’t released until 1976. They then signed up to Commercial Records based in Nashville, Tennessee, and the fruits of those sessions are presented here.
On the lead title track, a deceptive funky intro suddenly transforms into glitzy, popcorn disco, a blatant reminder of the 70s disco era at its peak. A free-flowing guitar on the exit was a nice surprise on this one. Next up, with warning rhymes like ‘loser’, ‘uptown cruiser’ and ‘woman user’, we have the tell-tale signs of a bitter man. ‘He’s a loser’ has a warm, striking arrangement – my pick of the ballads. That warm soulful sauce continues onto ‘How long must the show go on’, a delightful ode to love turned sour that is delivered with tenderness by the brothers, and possesses a curious sing-a-long chorus. Then it’s a wonderful time-escalator ride to the cusp of the 70s complete with monophonic sound, ‘A good thing’ is something Don Covay would have been proud to be involved in (and is a result of the aforementioned Star Fox sessions). Swinging, honest-to-goodness grits that is a positive joy from the first note, it is however far too short and left me demanding an encore ! Side Two signs on with the unrelenting ‘Gonna find a true love’, a crisp pulsating melody that is rightly a club classic, and busy enough to command its 5.19 minutes running time. Wonderful. We are then greeted with some drag-funk in ‘Funk machine’, with snarling over-dubbed vocals and retorting horns, this is a very competent and fun escapade. ‘You give me someone to love’ was another single lifted from the LP, a bluesy joint with a sombre violin adding fragility to the message, and I was reminded of Don Covay again on this one. Not bad at all. For the final cut with a title like ‘Disco dream’, I was expecting to be blinded by the bright spangle of the boogie, but no ! This is a midtempo offering that plays like an inferior version of Hot Chocolate’s ‘Emma’ (itself a brilliant record by the way).
What we have here is a record that appears to pre-date its release, and to have been complimented with some disco-flavoured tracks to make it more contemporary. As such, there is a rich seam of soul that runs through it, intertwining effortlessly betwixt funk, balladry, or dance.”
Listen up “Gonna Find A True Love“