Spanky Wilson – 1968 – Doin’ It
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A killer Mother Label Record ….. Stunning female soul LP with the monster funk club tune “you” & bad ass Wilson’s cover of “Sunshine of My Love“. TOP TOP TOP !!!!!
A classic funky, jazzy soul rarity from Pittsburgh diva ‘Spanky Wilson’, produced and arranged by the legendary HB Barnum.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Mothers Records LP including covers.
A1 Don’ t Mess With Bill 2.33
A2 Sunshine Of Your Love 3.43
A3 The Love That A Woman Should Have 2.26
A4 Hurtin’ 2.38
A5 Loveland 2.44
A6 Little Things Mean A Lot 3.05
B1 Light My Fire 2.51
B2 You 2.12
B3 If I Could 2.28
B4 Who’ s Sorry Now 5.18
B5 Then I’ ll Be Happy 2.22
(Bonus) kissing my love 4.16
“Kissing My Love” was not including in the original album but to the resent repress.
Review by Trakbuv
“Spanky Wilson is one of a fortunate band of artists whose careers have been rekindled in recent years (most notably with the Quantic Soul Orchestra) in response to the current fevered love of all things vocally jazzy. However, her first solo recordings seed from over 30 years ago in the late 60s. Moving from her home town of Pittsburg to Los Angeles in 1967, she was given the opportunity to work with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Sammy Davis Jr and Willie Bobo. Surely an inspiration for any aspiring Jazz singer. She then made an important contact in Mr HB Barnum. The now legendary producer, arranger and artist was setting up an independent label and secured Ms Wilson as one of his first signings. Her debut release, ‘Spankin’ Brand New’, was pressed on the Mother Records & The Snarf Company label in 1968. A smart mix of big band jazz items and lush soul ballads, it set the formula for her sophomore set, ‘Doin’ It’.
Spanky got her nickname from the punishment her father dealt out in her (presumably) naughty childhood. The yelps must have been heard in the next town with that dynamic booming voice she owns. Clear, sweet (and occasionally screechy), it makes short work in lasooing and owning a song. You can almost imagine the rosey puffed cheeks of the horn section struggling to compete with Spanky in the recording room at Paramount Studios.
A plucked upright bass marching up and down the scale leads the 33 in style, giving ‘Don’t mess with Bill’ a nice jazzy vibe, funked up with an infusion of guitar. The bluesy church of a broken heart then houses the scorchin’ ‘Hurtin’’ – ouch !! This is followed by the similarly slanted ‘If I could’, with a rather intrusive piano not helping proceedings. Great intro by the way. ‘Light my fire’ – oft recorded. So how will Spanky approach this number ? She decides to turn it into a funkin’ stew that reminds me of Jose Feliciano’s vocal approach for some reason. ‘Little things mean a lot’ is the sort of soul number that Stax was churning out around the same time – nice, if insubstantial. Those lush arrangements that made Mr Barnum so memorable are evident on ‘Loveland’ which Spanky Wilson treats with the utmost respect, caressing its charge with a warm soulful touch. Lovely.
‘Sunshine of your love’ is an apparent cult favourite – presumably because it distances itself so much from Cream’s supreme version. Given a sparse stabbing-funk arena, Spanky ducks and jabs with great expertise as she attacks the version with some finesse, single-handedly saving it from mediocrity. It’s back soul with the melodic ‘The love that a woman should have’ which, for me, is only a partial success given Spanky’s diction being a shade too aggressive. Far more at home, Spanky revs up on the sprightly ‘Then I’ll be happy’. Next up, with the opening exclamation of ‘I warned you baby !’, you know someone’s in trouble ! Then given its funeral march arrangement, you definitely know someone’s in trouble ! Spanky carefully and studiously lights the path for her victim straight to hell in the belting ‘Who’s sorry now’ – glorious. Then its cranked way up for the funky, furious ‘You’, perfect meat for the joyful Spanky. A great LP closer. Or is it ? No, Nikos kindly offers a bonus track that was never on the original release. And what a forgotten track !! The Bill Withers number is given a total makeover, a bubbling Rhodes, and Spanky killing it totally, this is one amazing live transformation – and my favourite track.
Not being a great Spanky Wilson fan, I must say that this LP was a surprise delight from my mentor. Many thanks again Nikos. “