Spanky Wilson – 1975 – Specialty Of The House

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Rip and research by Mr.Moo

Spanky’s last album before her recent revival, a jazzy soulful effort cut for Westbound, with arrangements by Johnny Allen, and a nice moody mellow sound. The overall approach is quite different than most of her work with HB Barnum, but Spanky’s voice is still in great shape, and Detroit soul legend Al Kent wrote most of the cuts.

Tracks

a1 Specialty of the House 2:52

a2 Missing Pieces 3:56
a3
I Think I’m Gonna Cry 3:37
a4
I’ll Stake My Life on You Boy 3:03
a5
Downer Down I Go 3:22
b1
Love Song 3:41
b2
Non-Stop Flight 3:11
b3
Easy Lover 3:31
b4
Will Power 3:59
b5
Home 2:48

Bonus

The Westbound years

Spanky first rose to fame as a gritty singer mixing jazz and soul on a series of late 60s/early 70s sides with HB Barnum, but during her Westbound years she cleaned things up a bit – taking her already-rich vocals, and turning them towards fuller backings and more soaring soul that almost hit the heights of soul singers like Marlena Shaw or Motown artists of the time. Backings penned by David Van DePitte, Paul Riser, and others gave Wilson a nicely mature sound that was a good change from her aging style of previous years – but other singles still maintained a grittier, funkier groove too – allowing for a nice range of modes during these short years at Westbound Records

Jazz singer Spanky Wilson is currently the name to drop in the hip ‘jazz not jazz/groovy music’ world. After years of being just a name known to collectors, happening DJ/Producer Quantic used her vocals on a track from his 2004 album “Mishaps Happening”. So successful was this that he then made a whole album with her – the critically acclaimed “I’m Thankful”. The end of 2006 saw Quantic and Spanky tour Europe to full houses. An incredible comeback.

Ms Wilson’s musical roots stretch back to late-60s Los Angeles where she was discovered by legendary producer and arranger HB Barnum. Barnum signed her to his Mothers record label, where she recorded three sought-after albums which included the BGP classic ‘You’.

In the early 70s she signed to the Westbound label in Detroit, where she recorded the fantastic album “Specialty Of The House” which was in a more straightforward soul bag than her previous efforts.

 

You can get her “Doin’ it” album on our back pages here

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30 Comments
  • Remi
    Posted at 19:20h, 02 August 2011 Reply

    Great one. Thanks for the bonus too.

  • rich
    Posted at 20:30h, 02 August 2011 Reply

    great post mr. moo. been playing love song back to back to back. soulful!!!

  • Jim
    Posted at 22:44h, 02 August 2011 Reply

    Soulful recording.

  • Larson
    Posted at 09:43h, 03 August 2011 Reply

    Much underrated artist.
    Both albums posted are great!

  • Paul & Mary
    Posted at 11:06h, 03 August 2011 Reply

    We love mrs. Wilson. This one is our favorite.

  • mellowgangsta
    Posted at 12:37h, 03 August 2011 Reply

    Thanx. Perfect. Good Posting!

  • bart
    Posted at 14:40h, 03 August 2011 Reply

    question: who ripped this and what did he use, the sound is very warm – tube?

  • bart
    Posted at 14:41h, 03 August 2011 Reply

    thank u sir

  • Mr. Moo
    Posted at 19:09h, 03 August 2011 Reply

    @bart. It depends. I mostly use a combination of MAGIX Audio Cleaning Lab, Golden Records Analog to CD/MP3 Converter, Click Repair & Wave Repair.

  • Anon
    Posted at 21:40h, 03 August 2011 Reply

    Thanks for this!

  • Chris
    Posted at 09:21h, 04 August 2011 Reply

    Right on time. Still fresh.

  • Louis
    Posted at 16:41h, 04 August 2011 Reply

    A very fine album indeed. Thanks for sharing.

  • Anastasia
    Posted at 16:11h, 05 August 2011 Reply

    The lady can sing. thanks for sharing the real stuff.

  • Anastasia
    Posted at 17:13h, 05 August 2011 Reply

    specialty of the house….only good music…thanks to moo and nikos as always….jean paris

  • Hans
    Posted at 10:03h, 06 August 2011 Reply

    A very enjoyable listen. Thanks Mr.Moo.

  • Dave
    Posted at 20:52h, 06 August 2011 Reply

    I really like both albums.

  • Ivan
    Posted at 23:40h, 06 August 2011 Reply

    Such a wonderful sound. Many thanks.

  • brianbrora
    Posted at 23:44h, 06 August 2011 Reply

    I realy enjoyed this, and the extras were great. Many thanks Nikos, and of course Mr. Moo as well.

  • Garth
    Posted at 10:46h, 07 August 2011 Reply

    Awesome posts here recently. Many many thanks.

  • Greys
    Posted at 19:29h, 07 August 2011 Reply

    Such a pure voice..Beautiful ╰☆╮

  • Toby
    Posted at 10:16h, 08 August 2011 Reply

    A fine one. Thank u.

  • Jason
    Posted at 20:40h, 08 August 2011 Reply

    just download this and a slew of others i was missing. thanks!! saves me tons of time converting my records!

  • Richard
    Posted at 04:06h, 09 August 2011 Reply

    Love “love song” thanks

  • Dorothy
    Posted at 00:49h, 10 August 2011 Reply

    Finest Stuff as usual!!Many Thanks.

  • whoknows
    Posted at 16:29h, 10 August 2011 Reply

    Thanks for this one, her album ‘doin it’ was great! Lookin forward to checkin this one out.

  • Polémico
    Posted at 20:57h, 10 August 2011 Reply

    Love this album, again tks for your dedication on this work.

  • Antonio
    Posted at 17:08h, 15 August 2011 Reply

    Thanks for diggin this gem up.

  • mrpropre
    Posted at 10:08h, 19 August 2011 Reply

    hello,

    just for information, link is dead 🙁

  • Faab
    Posted at 00:27h, 08 June 2015 Reply

    Extra, Extra Bonus, playin’ at The Moment.Give It Up, Thanks a lot for Sharing

  • GINA GAMBOA
    Posted at 21:05h, 26 December 2017 Reply

    I AM SORRY FOR BOTHERING ANYONE! CAN SOMEONE PLEASE HELP ME! IF ANYONE KNOWS SPANKY RIP! HE DIED IN 1990-1991 I’M NOT SURE! I WOULD LOVE TO SEE HIM! I MISS HIM SO MUCH! NOT A DAY GOES BY I THINK OF HIM!

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