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. “

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  • mulatt
    Posted at 21:39h, 16 January 2009 Reply

    sounds real funky,Ill take it!!!

  • Derek
    Posted at 23:40h, 16 January 2009 Reply

    Such a classic tune. I love it!

  • manny
    Posted at 00:00h, 17 January 2009 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • enjoies05
    Posted at 04:33h, 17 January 2009 Reply

    Looks good, thanks.

  • Soul Bonanza
    Posted at 04:43h, 17 January 2009 Reply

    Thanks Nikos, and thanks Trakbuv!

  • Traj
    Posted at 06:02h, 17 January 2009 Reply

    This is one of those albums that I’ve been trying to get forever but it’s always way to beat up. Finally I get to listen to it the proper way. Thanks!!!

  • Outerpsych
    Posted at 12:09h, 17 January 2009 Reply

    Hmmmm…. A good one, love it…
    Thanx a lot.


  • Fass
    Posted at 12:35h, 17 January 2009 Reply

    All sounds very promising… !!!

  • MsSunshine
    Posted at 12:56h, 17 January 2009 Reply

    It seems another gem coming from your crates. Excellent review and rip.

  • Noelia Almenara
    Posted at 12:57h, 17 January 2009 Reply

    What a Gem! Amazing Stuff! Much Thanks Nikos!!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 17:27h, 17 January 2009 Reply

    Spanky sings with a constant feeling, with emotion and sensitivity. what a great find! Great review too.

  • Jock
    Posted at 17:59h, 17 January 2009 Reply

    Great stuff. Thanks guys.

  • NewBell
    Posted at 21:35h, 17 January 2009 Reply

    I need this 45
    I give thanks to the contributors

  • Noel
    Posted at 21:39h, 17 January 2009 Reply

    This sounds pretty hot, trust your taste anyway. thanx.

  • Simon Temple
    Posted at 00:06h, 18 January 2009 Reply

    Looking forward to enjoying this, Nikos!

  • W
    Posted at 00:26h, 18 January 2009 Reply

    Her Sunshine Of Your Love is phenomenal. Thanks. W.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 05:36h, 18 January 2009 Reply

    Thanks as always

  • Derek
    Posted at 13:25h, 18 January 2009 Reply

    Definitely gonna get into this 1. Thank you.

  • Albert
    Posted at 18:23h, 18 January 2009 Reply

    Thanks for all the great work you do!

  • PretOria
    Posted at 20:56h, 18 January 2009 Reply

    I have restored this album by the your link
    Spanky Restored

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 21:29h, 18 January 2009 Reply

    Much Thanks Nikos and Trakbuv, For the Spanky Wilson! Looks Great

  • Fass
    Posted at 01:09h, 19 January 2009 Reply

    That was brilliant,
    thank you very much!

  • waxs
    Posted at 01:28h, 19 January 2009 Reply

    Thanks so much, great tunes!

  • Guillermo
    Posted at 02:02h, 19 January 2009 Reply

    Excellent choice. We love your work. G from Spain.

  • Cody B
    Posted at 05:08h, 19 January 2009 Reply

    Great stuff Nikos. Killer Funk record. Thank You.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 09:52h, 19 January 2009 Reply

    thanks dude….anotha killa soul gem….much respect.. jean paris

  • jean paris
    Posted at 09:53h, 19 January 2009 Reply

    thanks dude..anotha soul gem…much respect jean

  • Frederic
    Posted at 10:09h, 19 January 2009 Reply

    Very fine, great upload.

  • serdar
    Posted at 13:26h, 19 January 2009 Reply

    Yes, that’s another great one, thanks Niko

  • Michael
    Posted at 01:56h, 20 January 2009 Reply

    A Must Have Soul Music.

  • frank from Germany
    Posted at 10:50h, 20 January 2009 Reply

    Thanks a lot. Love this stuff! A whole new world opening up for me.
    Good to learn there is more to funk than James Brown (nothing against the godfather though)…

  • carlitos
    Posted at 11:38h, 20 January 2009 Reply

    Thank you

  • Juan
    Posted at 12:16h, 20 January 2009 Reply

    Love Spanky. Love from Spain.

  • Chris
    Posted at 19:24h, 20 January 2009 Reply

    thanks……….i have heard , and loved , a couple by Spanky. Looking forward to listening to it

  • rich
    Posted at 21:31h, 20 January 2009 Reply

    yo thanx nikos for the post and thanx for trakbuv for the review and pretoria for puttin it up on megaupload cuz rapidshare downloads slow.

  • sly73
    Posted at 16:28h, 22 January 2009 Reply

    thanks again all those groove &harmony you bring in our home
    give us the strenght to carry on

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 22:22h, 23 January 2009 Reply

    Thanks for posting Nikos!

  • Raphy
    Posted at 21:22h, 25 January 2009 Reply

    Nikos, Thanks much for this beautiful Masterpiece…..
    Big Up!@!

  • onejazzyman
    Posted at 10:00h, 05 February 2009 Reply

    Excellent album and long unavailable. Thank you for sharing.

  • midas
    Posted at 21:00h, 08 February 2009 Reply

    do it . i like it megale

  • pedro
    Posted at 15:27h, 25 February 2009 Reply

    thanks for this, it what makes soul what it is

  • Mr sam
    Posted at 00:43h, 01 March 2009 Reply

    What a nice album. Just beautiful.

  • apani
    Posted at 05:30h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    Thank you for this classic!

  • moggy
    Posted at 19:06h, 14 April 2009 Reply

    Love this lp….thanks

  • cleffdeadly
    Posted at 11:36h, 27 May 2009 Reply

    cracking voice and funky/jazzy grooves. perhaps THE version of ‘sunshine of my love’… love this album!

  • Ben
    Posted at 14:11h, 17 August 2009 Reply

    Waaouu !
    Excellent, when I listen this tune, I think about Betty Lavette, Nicole Willis,…, really good !

  • Gino
    Posted at 14:19h, 27 August 2009 Reply

    I love it !!! What about original pressing to buy ?

  • lex
    Posted at 15:29h, 02 August 2010 Reply

    what a blog! keep the dust! one love!

  • dree
    Posted at 19:38h, 27 September 2010 Reply

    Great, this is real music men

  • andy evans
    Posted at 00:23h, 19 November 2010 Reply

    big thanks crackin album

  • Winb
    Posted at 20:26h, 24 May 2011 Reply

    Excellent stuff thank you. Wanted this for ages.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 12:31h, 26 May 2011 Reply

    amazining amazing amazing…and so is the music you post!

  • santos curser
    Posted at 17:07h, 23 January 2014 Reply

    Here is a question for Nikos who is some kind of Oracle of good music:
    Is there a family relation between: Mary Wilson, and or Spanky Wilson, and or Cassandra Wilson, and or Nancy Wilson, … Jackie Wilson…heck throw in Brian Wilson just on a long shot.(all beautiful women except two) Known relations???

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