Sidney Joe Qualls – 1974 – I Enjoy Loving You

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Sidney Joe Qualls was a southern-born soul singer who was heavily influenced by Al Green. Although his sound did capitalise on the success of the Reverend, he did have a quality that was all of his own. He released a couple of LP’s that are heavily sought after gems, one released at the back end of the 70s on 20th Century featuring I don’t do this’. This is his debut on Dakar Records which bathes unashamedly in all that is so rich about the early 70s sound. A classic.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Dakar LP including covers

Tracks
A1 I Enjoy Loving You 6:04
A2 Shut Your Mouth 3:15
A3 I’m Being Held Hostage 4:05
A4 Where The Lilies Grow 3:53
A5 Can’t Get Enough Of Your Love 3:30
B1 Run To Me 3:12
B2 If You Don’t Know Me By Now 3:28
B3 Please Help Me 3:20
B4 The Next Time I Fall In Love 4:00
B5 How Can You Say Goodbye 2:40

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Review by Trakbuv

Research indicates that Mr Sidney Joe Qualls (often spelt Sydney) was raised in the small town of Jacknash in Arkansas where he turned professional after leaving high school with a voice enriched by the joys of testifying to the Lord. In itself, this would appear to be a relatively traditional education for most soul greats. But it is the small town of Jacknash that is so curious. For this has been cited as the birthplace of the Reverend Al Green, although most biographies reference Forrest City. I have been unable to confirm if Jacknash is a small satellite town of Forrest City, but if Misters Qualls and Green did grow up within throwing distance of one another, that would be quite significant. For Sidney’s primary influence is undeniably the great Al Green. Indeed, after his meeting with Otis Leavil prior to moving to Chicago and signing for Dakar Records, Otis believed he had welcomed the ‘new Al Green’ to the fold.

Originally set up by Carl Davis while still under contract to Brunswick Records, Dakar was coming to the end of its near decade of soul decadence. However, Carl still had a lot of spirit left in him which he duly graced this record with. Several singles were released from this delicious morsel : the tremendous “How can you say goodbye” – an awesome reminder of how Al Green could tear up those midtempo ditties with the utmost ease; the beautifully arranged, tunefully complex “Where the lilies grow”; and the vibrant “Run to me” – a thumping goodie from one of my favourites, Sam Dees. Interestingly, there is a heavy influence of Sam Dees in his singing approach, especially if you are familiar with Sam’s version. The influence is even more apparent on my favourite track of the platter, the crippling “I’m being held hostage”. One listen to this and you’ll willingly sell your house to fund the ransom. And again the Sam Dees are subtly present on my other favourite, “The next time I fall in love” – a huge hit with the rare groove circuit for all the reasons that make this genre those addictive. Magical.

His most powerful ‘Al Green’ performance is probably the sublime “Can’t get enough of your love”, complete with those bumping Hi Records skins and a creative girl chorus. There are a couple of tasty bluesy funk numbers in the title track and “Shut you mouth”, a very nice, light pop number in the shape of “Please help me”, and the sole ballad, a cover of “If you don’t know me by now” – which I feel only serves to highlight his weaknesses, and none of his strengths. As an album, this is an exceptionally fine tenderiser for the soul with too many high points to fit these pages. As an artist, I feel he had more to offer than being another Al Green clone that, when he hints at those Sam Dees inflections (also check out his glorious ‘I Don’t do this’ favourite), really captures a unique timbre that is something special indeed.

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45 Comments
  • Kuo
    Posted at 19:26h, 09 December 2009 Reply

    beautiful LP !!!!!!!! much thanks again !!!!!!

  • Arwin
    Posted at 19:26h, 09 December 2009 Reply

    Thanks for another great album, I’ll give it a listen.

  • alphabet
    Posted at 21:06h, 09 December 2009 Reply

    You killin me dude. This is so crazy!! I cant say thanks enough, but i’ll try…

  • rich
    Posted at 22:13h, 09 December 2009 Reply

    nikos good looking i cant wait to hear this thanx

  • Bob
    Posted at 23:50h, 09 December 2009 Reply

    Str8 fire!!! Thanks

  • JR
    Posted at 01:00h, 10 December 2009 Reply

    Thank you for your hard work!!

  • waegookin
    Posted at 03:00h, 10 December 2009 Reply

    thanks for your hard work! you have a great thing going here!

  • Josh
    Posted at 10:13h, 10 December 2009 Reply

    Thank you sir!

  • Andrew
    Posted at 10:17h, 10 December 2009 Reply

    love this album…love your uploads…from the soul to the funk…superb! Thank you m8

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 10:23h, 10 December 2009 Reply

    Thanks, Nikos…been looking forward for this to drop! And great diggin’ for info on SJQ, Trakbuv! Keep up the good teamwork! 😀

    /L

  • marc
    Posted at 16:05h, 10 December 2009 Reply

    Yet again another classic from the FMS vaults. Keep Diggin!

  • Emilio
    Posted at 20:40h, 10 December 2009 Reply

    Thanks for the post, never heard of this, cant wait to check this out.

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 20:58h, 10 December 2009 Reply

    great stuff once again, thanks a lot!!!!

  • high Priest Of Good Times
    Posted at 22:00h, 10 December 2009 Reply

    amazing stuff!

  • Sean
    Posted at 08:01h, 11 December 2009 Reply

    Thanks for more excellence!

  • Heavyweight
    Posted at 09:03h, 11 December 2009 Reply

    Hey everybody! I just stumbled upon this site and I wanna become a part of the group!

  • Patrick
    Posted at 11:19h, 11 December 2009 Reply

    Thanks for a great post and for sharing such treasure.

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 12:42h, 11 December 2009 Reply

    Love it! Thanks Nikos!

  • George
    Posted at 16:22h, 11 December 2009 Reply

    Delightful offering !!!!

  • nickwall
    Posted at 17:43h, 11 December 2009 Reply

    great one right here! Thanks for the supply of great stuff for the ears!

  • Alan
    Posted at 12:37h, 12 December 2009 Reply

    Can’t wait to listen to this. Thank you nikos for another great share. Thank you Trakbuv for the excellent review. Peace

  • Giorgos
    Posted at 15:31h, 12 December 2009 Reply

    Romantic sweet soul…

  • Gareth
    Posted at 22:10h, 12 December 2009 Reply

    Damn.. this is a very nice soul album.

  • eugene
    Posted at 01:05h, 13 December 2009 Reply

    Tnanks for your generosity once again. I don’t know this album at all and am not really familiar with the artist but I’m looking forward to rectifying that.

    Respect

  • Rodolfo
    Posted at 13:15h, 13 December 2009 Reply

    Fantastic stuff. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • onejazzyman
    Posted at 17:41h, 13 December 2009 Reply

    A great album and not well-known singer. Thanks for sharing.

  • Mike
    Posted at 21:59h, 13 December 2009 Reply

    i could listen to this all day, too bad i dont have rapidshare account…

  • D.
    Posted at 19:02h, 14 December 2009 Reply

    Thank you for this one …

  • James
    Posted at 20:20h, 14 December 2009 Reply

    Wonderful. Solid Recordings. Thank you.

  • raggedy
    Posted at 21:07h, 15 December 2009 Reply

    Is he somehow related to Al Green? Sure sounds like him …
    Thanks for sharing this one.

  • Will
    Posted at 13:25h, 17 December 2009 Reply

    Thanks Nikos

  • M DOT
    Posted at 01:32h, 21 December 2009 Reply

    I CAN’T BELIEVE IT. I’VE HEARD THIS SONG ON AN OLD BLACKSPLOITATION FLICK. AND HAVE BEEN LOOKING ON EVERY AL GREEN REC ORD I COULD FIND ONLY TO FIND OUT IT WASN’T AL GREEN BUT A DAMN GOOD CLONE. I REALLY APPRECIATE THIS ONE. MERRY CHRISTMAS.

  • Jason
    Posted at 03:02h, 23 December 2009 Reply

    Thanks for the History! i’ve never heard of sidney joe!

  • xensma
    Posted at 12:10h, 04 January 2010 Reply

    wooooowwww!!!!the youtube clip is so beautiful!!!what a sweet voice and nice arrangements,thanks for this very very soulful sharing!!and happy new year!!!

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 20:51h, 05 January 2010 Reply

    Thank you for your unbelievable work.You make me very happy.

  • Radek
    Posted at 20:58h, 07 January 2010 Reply

    Really interesting. In some of the songs I would swear that it is Al Green. Thanks.

  • Steven E. Qualls
    Posted at 04:59h, 18 January 2010 Reply

    Thanks for finding this album! been looking for it for years! he is my uncle. half brother of my father. he sang at my dads funeral in 2002 here in Chicago. his voice is still amazing!

  • hamnegger
    Posted at 23:45h, 25 March 2010 Reply

    37.Thanks for finding this album! been looking for it for years! he is my uncle. half brother of my father. he sang at my dads funeral in 2002 here in Chicago. his voice is still amazing!

    for real?! that in itself is amazing!
    many thanks

  • whoknows
    Posted at 03:42h, 17 June 2010 Reply

    thanks for the amazing tunes from the soul!

  • Kelly Peter
    Posted at 21:17h, 27 September 2010 Reply

    The Al Green similarity is remarkable.. excited to hear the rest of the LP!

  • spaceagedevice
    Posted at 06:39h, 27 November 2010 Reply

    THANKS! Got this record in the other day at work. Didn’t feel like ripping it myself.

  • Sir Ringo Smith (Tumblin Dice)
    Posted at 22:23h, 29 November 2010 Reply

    Thank you so much!!!! Great album!

  • winton tostello
    Posted at 10:08h, 05 December 2010 Reply

    Tremendous LP! The superp Crl Davis production suits ideally this wonderful lost voice! Thanks again fms!!

  • Friend of Sidney Joe
    Posted at 20:22h, 04 February 2011 Reply

    I know sidney joe, personally. He is not doing to well now a days. He still sings and has that beautiful voice but time has not been good to him.

    If you’re a fan of his please keep him in your prayers. It’s his fans that keep him going.

  • kenneth sullivan
    Posted at 16:20h, 23 August 2011 Reply

    Wow, unfortunately I never brought the single back in 74, but I do remember it being played on WBLS in NYC back then. It was a badd jam by Sidney Joe. Heck! It still sounds great!

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