Sweet Blindness – 1976 – Music You Can Ride On

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A gem of a funky soul album from this great Canadian group, featuring the song writing help of American soul man Curtis Lee.

There’s a lot of you who ask for it and finally here you can get it, brothers. The soul and jazz band Sweet Blindness was known as the Statlers for almost eight years before the name change in the mid-’70s; the band’s self-titled debut album appeared in 1976.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original celebration records LP  with covers.

Tracks
A1. Sweet Blindness (3:21)
A2. Maria (3:20)
A3. Full Time Subject (2:52)
A4. Give It to You Right Now (3:13)
A5. Quebec (4:45)
B1. Cowboys to Girls (3:23)
B2. National Poddy (3:12)
B3. Special Lady (3:21)
B4. Queen Street (3:47)
B5. Ain’t No Use (5:07)

Bobbi Dupont(lead vocals, precussion), Curtis Lee (guitar, lead vocals), Al Marnie (bass, backing vocals), Sonny Milne (drums), Gabor Szepesi (keyboards), Phil Smith (keyboards, backing vocals; replaced Szepesi), Bruce Barrow (bass; replaced Marnie 1977), and Don Lowe (drums; replaced Milne 1977) are originally known as the Statlers, a soul jazz band from Canada who changed it’s name to sweet Blindness (after their song of the same name) with the addition of the American guitarist Curtis Lee in 1974.

Szepesi and Milne joined shortly thereafter. Following their self- tittle album on Quality, they toured the southern Ontario bar circuit after Szepesi was replced by former Statler Phil smith in 1976. A second album followed at which time Marnie was replaced by Barrow for another tour.

This is the only information i can get for the group, although i search several days. I do not have their later albums and i can tell you it is a nice piece of soul music with elements of jazz and funk.

Certainly worth listening. it is a rare album, not so easy to be found in such a good condition and ofcourse never released on cd. if anyone have more information about the group or the album please place it on the comments. i also expect your opinion about the album.

Enjoy the music!

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69 Comments
  • BJK
    Posted at 14:35h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    ..and the blind would see the light…

  • T-Swift
    Posted at 14:49h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    Never seen this but I’m sure it’s good, thanks a lot Nikos

  • Gea
    Posted at 15:02h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    i like the cover, i like the music, i like you!

  • Gemma
    Posted at 15:26h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    Curtis Lee? that should be wonderful, thank you

  • boss
    Posted at 16:55h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    This is funking good guys.

  • k02
    Posted at 16:59h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks. Cant express how much i appreciate your great work and genorosity nikko

  • andrzej
    Posted at 17:17h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    thanks Nikos for album!!!!! Super post

  • DJG
    Posted at 17:57h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    I was waiting for this gem since i saw the photo. Fantastic album.

  • beats2go00
    Posted at 17:59h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay thx!

  • Don
    Posted at 19:18h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    Brother, you rule! What a nice album! Thank you!

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 21:00h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    Gem After Gem After Gem!! Thanks Nikos. Awesome Work!

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 21:10h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks. Give It To You Right Now is wonderful, with a real good orchestraation. I see that the next is is give it away from chi-lites. Great selection, for me the best of the group and the title Give It Away is so… Aie i can’t find words.

  • soulbrotha
    Posted at 21:21h, 14 May 2008 Reply

    thanks Nikos. Looks really good!

  • JTF
    Posted at 00:52h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    Nikos… You sir, are amazing!

  • andre
    Posted at 01:14h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    thank you, this 1 looks dope gotta check it out

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 04:48h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    a welcome surprise, a very good record.

  • michael
    Posted at 05:24h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    you are so generous. waiting for sweet soul heroes, the chi-lites!

  • st.Paul
    Posted at 06:15h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    Brilliant. you make me so very happy….

  • hippy-djkit
    Posted at 09:12h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    Νiko mipos ehis to ‘the man’ apo Barry White 1978, giati o diskos mu ehi peksi poli.Thanks.
    -dj fanis

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 09:39h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    steile mou email npico@hotmail.com kai tha sto doso

  • -dj fanis
    Posted at 09:44h, 15 May 2008 Reply
  • Lafayette
    Posted at 10:16h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    Oh, lawd have mercy :¬)
    Brilliant, just brilliant…thanks a million, Nikos!
    You made my day!

    /LAf

  • gianni
    Posted at 18:01h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    hey nikos, I really enjoyed this lp!
    it’s a big surprise for my ears.
    great sounds!!!!!
    thanks!

  • coc
    Posted at 14:17h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    i am impressed at the quality, both the posts and records are so great.

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 16:04h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    fantastic.Nothing more to say but thanks.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 16:11h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    Rich, i have posted “The moments with you” album which you can find it here. i have two more lp’s “Look at me” and “The other side of the moments”

  • Rich
    Posted at 17:08h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    Nikos can u post the two other ones u have please.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 17:25h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    Rich mail me and i will give you the weekend a link for both.

  • Elias
    Posted at 18:22h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    Hello ! Thank you very much fo all this great records. I’m searching for two albuns : “Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Now Is The Time” of 1977 with the beautiful song “Let’s talk it over” and the “Hunt’s Determination Band – Get Your Act Together”. If you have them, could you please post in the site ? Thank you very much. Elias – Brazil.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 18:48h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    Elias, i will give you a link for Harold Melvin in the message board, very soon. i will try also for the other one too.

  • hooch
    Posted at 19:32h, 15 May 2008 Reply

    many thanks man!

  • cob
    Posted at 02:38h, 16 May 2008 Reply

    Cheers for all your hard work. You have really expanded my horizons.
    I humbly request the following LPs: “Freddie Terrell and Soul Expedition” and “Rhythm Machine.”
    Many, many thanks from your faithful devotee.

  • Owl
    Posted at 08:02h, 16 May 2008 Reply

    cheers mate 🙂

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 04:37h, 16 May 2008 Reply

    cob, i’m afraid i do have any of these but i will try find them. Thank you for your support.

  • jim
    Posted at 04:58h, 16 May 2008 Reply

    What a joy to listen this album. Man you are really big…..

  • yodasbestmate
    Posted at 11:23h, 16 May 2008 Reply

    the new blog is kicking off in fine form! congratulations and love nikos!!

    ybm

  • fritzthecat
    Posted at 13:22h, 16 May 2008 Reply

    Hey, I thought Canadians weren’t supposed to be foonky!

    Some nice tracks there (Queen Street), and I like the funk+strings combination in the middle of Quebec. Interesting production in “give it to you right now”.

    Thanks for sharing it.

  • Elias - Brazil
    Posted at 13:31h, 16 May 2008 Reply

    Thank you very much !

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 04:36h, 17 May 2008 Reply

    Sweet Deafness, as well. Canadian rules ok. Nice one Niko.

  • MR PLAYA
    Posted at 05:19h, 17 May 2008 Reply

    FANTASTIC ALBUM HUGE THANKS NIKOS………

  • zapp99
    Posted at 10:59h, 17 May 2008 Reply

    Thanks for this amazing rarity! Btw, have any of you noticed that the gorgeous girl on the cover is also posing on the cover of The Dells “We Got To Get Our Thing Together”. Take a look at http://fourbrothersbeats.blogspot.com/

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 11:46h, 17 May 2008 Reply

    it looks the same photo from a different angle. Both was taken the same day for sure. i wonder what’s happend and who she is.

  • k02
    Posted at 08:21h, 18 May 2008 Reply

    Hey nikos lafeyette from fourbrothers sent me over to ask you how do you overcome the error messages that keep coming up when try to get files from mediafire that are attached to lix? Thanks in advanced and as always great work man.

  • haze philly
    Posted at 15:09h, 18 May 2008 Reply

    Great posts but can you include an alternate link like zshare?

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 15:54h, 18 May 2008 Reply

    ko2 please mail me npico@hotmail.com

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 15:55h, 18 May 2008 Reply

    haze philly, i am thinking of sharebee where there’s 4 links including zshare. i am working on it.

  • apostropher
    Posted at 11:48h, 20 May 2008 Reply

    Queen Street is the money track on this one. Absolutely burnin’. Thanks, as always!

  • Rich
    Posted at 17:08h, 20 May 2008 Reply

    Thanx nikos

  • Rich
    Posted at 17:10h, 20 May 2008 Reply

    sharebee would be great nikos

  • Jonah Feldman
    Posted at 02:03h, 25 May 2008 Reply

    thanks!!! Peace from Boston!

  • jerome green
    Posted at 02:16h, 31 May 2008 Reply

    Hi Nikos,

    Really fun to listen to this album. Thank you for posting; I really dig the wide range of sounds coming from this group. Quebec (my favorite province!) floats along nicely. Everyone nailed it when they said Queen Street was fonky. Not as tight and focused as some U.S. funk of the time, but the variety in the tracks is welcomed. Another treat for the ears. Thank you again.

    Peace, Jerome

  • taco
    Posted at 00:52h, 01 June 2008 Reply

    look so good!!

  • bowlisha1
    Posted at 20:17h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    I donated the Dells album to the fourbrothers blog that has the same cover as this album. I responded to Jerome’s comment with a bit of info over there. https://www.blogger.com/comment.g?blogID=788087355406457553&postID=3018520831798681414&isPopup=true

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 20:56h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    Bow, thank you for the tip. So great photographer, i didn’t know he was behind that Fantastic Ohio Players albums.

  • hecdolo
    Posted at 21:32h, 04 June 2008 Reply

    thank you

  • e.s.
    Posted at 11:44h, 07 June 2008 Reply

    hey dude you can not imagine how long i have been looking for this album
    if i can help you with anything just let me know
    i got mad motown instrumentals / samples so holla if you need my use
    http://myspace.com/dynamicskillz is my page

  • Doctor Okeh
    Posted at 15:10h, 18 June 2008 Reply

    cannot wait to give this a spin , from the comments , it’s got to be fire!!!!!, thx as always Nikos!

  • B.D.
    Posted at 06:34h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    Much thanks for this joint!!

  • paul rich
    Posted at 16:42h, 05 November 2008 Reply

    I would love to hear national poddy just once more

  • SocoBrown
    Posted at 09:07h, 18 November 2008 Reply

    Thank you Thank you!!!!!!

  • Chris
    Posted at 17:14h, 04 December 2008 Reply

    “# nikos1109 Says:
    May 15th, 2008 at 4:11 pm

    Rich, i have posted “The moments with you” album which you can find it here. i have two more lp’s “Look at me” and “The other side of the moments” ”

    Nikos, I’m sure a lot of would love to see those two Moments albums up here!

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 20:52h, 04 December 2008 Reply

    Chris – “Look at me” also posted here. Mail me for more.

  • Gabor Szepesi
    Posted at 09:12h, 25 May 2009 Reply

    the version of Sweet Blindness that added Curtis Lee as Bobby’s partner was a completely new version of the original Sweet Blindness band. Bobby let all of the original players go and created a new version of the band. He partnered with Curtis Lee and hired Al Marnie, Sonny Milne and Gabor Szepesi to be the support section.
    This version of the band toured southern Ontario and were the players that worked on the “Sweet Blindness” album. I was on the recordings of “Music You Can Ride On” and “Maaria”. After completing those tracks I left the band.

  • iRoNy_45
    Posted at 13:09h, 17 July 2009 Reply

    Thanks, for posting this album. Pure by coincidence I came to this album. I was searching for info about the Dells album: We got to get our Thing togehter: The Dells: 1975: Mercury SR1-1059. What Seems: Is has nearly the same album cover! Request: Do You Have The Album From The Dells whit that title! Who would do me a great pleasure!

    iRoNy

  • Dan Guegueirre
    Posted at 06:44h, 24 March 2011 Reply

    Was looking for Sweet Blindness information for a while now and came across this post. My father, Danny Guegueirre, was the original drummer for the Statlers and when the band first became Sweet Blindness, but he has been left out of any historical references I can find. Anyways, thanks for keeping the music alive.

  • Erik T
    Posted at 17:53h, 23 September 2012 Reply

    Cool site, I was poking around looking for Sweet Blindness information. I have that 1st l.p. with a totally different front cover, I wonder if the female model version was released first and replaced..? I just bought their follow up l.p. yesterday, but I’m still not sure how many albums they put out. The one I got yesterday is from ’77, and it is more disco-y than their debut. It still has some fine funky moments and a heavy, dead slow rendition of Sly Stone’s “Somebody’s Watching You”. Like the first album, my copy is on the Canadian label Quality Records. Cheap looking cover art features a flaming l.p. dropping on to a turn table, it actually looks more like some Ronco or K Tel compilation at first glance…

  • Russell driscoll
    Posted at 18:11h, 06 October 2012 Reply

    I heard cowboys to girls yesterday on an oldies station here in ontario. Brought back good memories ,saw these guys a few times live more than 30 yrs ago. great band Curtis Lee always reminded me of Jimi hendrix.7

  • Darius
    Posted at 01:24h, 26 November 2012 Reply

    Thank you very much. You’re blog is always dependable when I need some 70’s soul food. Keep at it!

  • Earl
    Posted at 23:59h, 23 February 2015 Reply

    Played my high school! Great band live and on vinyl!
    Brings back great memories!

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