The Whatnauts – 1970 – Introducing The Whatnauts

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A sweet soul masterpiece.

If you like soulful harmony vocals, you won’t find a better album than this one! This is a stone cold group soul album, and the whole thing is a stunning bunch of cuts with beautiful George Kerr production, and incredible soaring harmonies.

Living so far away from America, my vinyl collection has become more extensive the last 5 years thanks to internet (mostly from ebay). I like and collect a lot of genres. My psych – prog section is important too. But the last few years I am fully dedicated to Soul and Funk. I am not a soul guru as a lot of you might believe. There’s many of you with more knowledge than me and I learn everyday…

I like sweet soul so much. I think it is obvious in my posts. I was after “introducing the whatnaus” for a few years. It was always getting high (70 to 120 $) and it was also very difficult to find a NM copy. I think I’ve seen only 3 pieces. Finally I won this one and was so happy but…. When it came to my hands it was visually Near Mind but had a background noise and a lot of scratches. I asked for help and I have to thank our regular visitor cafecafecafe who clean it perfectly and here it is ready for you to enjoy it.

This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Stang Records including covers.

There’s an LP reissue only in Japan (P-Vine records – 1989) but never in America or Europe. Never released on CD.

Tracks:
A1 I Just Can’t Loose Your Love 3.42
A2 Tweedly Dum-Dum 3.07
A3 She’s Gone To Another 2.11
A4 What’s Left To Give (After Giving It All) 3.40
A5 Fall In Love All Over 2.27
A6 Just Can’t Leave Me Baby 3.08
B1 I’ll Erase Away Your Pain 3.15
B2 Please Make The Love Go Away 3.15
B3 Souling With The Whatnauts 1.55
B4 Dance To The Music 2.43
B5 Message From A Black Man 3.01

Introducing the Whatnauts is the kind of hard-to-find album that makes you pee in your pants when you uncover a copy withering away at some Goodwill, yard sale, or flea market. Scavenging for their recordings is what you had to do until the late ‘90s when no fewer than three CDs of the Whatnauts’ music finally hit the streets. Obscure beyond reason, the Whatnauts were comprised of Garnett Jones, Billy Herndon, Gerald “Chunky” Pinckney, and a guy identified only as Ray, who disappeared after this album. They were masterful purveyors of heartache-soul.

They were also producer George Kerr’s pet project. A short list of Kerr’s previous credits includes: the O’Jays’ (“Look Over Your Shoulder” and “I’m So Glad I Found You”), the Moments (“All I Have” and “Lucky Me”) and Linda Jones’s “Hypnotized“. He later produced the Skull Snaps’ acclaimed album on GSF Records.

Introducing the Whatnauts features the Baltimoreans’ first four singles (from 1969 to 1971) plus three other tracks, all recorded on Sylvia and Joe Robinson’s Stang label. This is wrist-slitting, throat-cutting, misery-loves-company music. The crawling “I’ll Erase Away Your Pain” (#14 R&B/1971) is the centerpiece, with lyrics like “Little girl, please stop your crying / Cause I’ll erase away your pain.”

Breaks in the pain come with “Message From a Blackman,” (their debut single on All Platinum/Stang’s subsidiary A&I Records) with its accompanying B-side “Dance To the Music,” and “Souling With the Whatnauts,” a frolicking instrumental. Those songs had many, who never saw the Whatnauts’s perform, believing that they were strictly a funk band. Radio DJ’s in the ’70s frequently used “Souling”—the B-side of their Stang debut “Please Make the Love Go Away,”—for bumper music.

But the LP’s main theme is pain, pain and more pain. Garnett wails like he’s being tortured on “What’s Left To Give (After Giving It All)”; you can’t help but empathize with him as he sob-sings Wesaline Kerr’s heartbreaking lyrics. As pitifully poignant is the stark, wistful “I Just Can’t Lose Your Love.” And “She’s Gone to Another” is the mother of pain; the 2:11 tear-jerker floats precariously on a gloomy rhythm bed topped by morose harmonies and a wretched lead vocal—it’s probably so short because Garnett broke down in the studio (if he didn’t, he sure sounds like he did). Songs like this make Introducing the Whatnauts a must hear for falsetto lovers and smooth harmony aficionados.

Since they didn’t write their own songs, studio skills and a hot live act were essential in getting others to craft material for them. Michael Watson (guitar), Curtis McTeer (bass) and Donald McCoy (drums) buoyed a sizzling Whatnauts’s band that was more advanced than All Platinum’s original house band. George Kerr used them in the studio on the Whatnauts’ and his own recordings (remember ‘3 Minutes 2 Hey Girl”); which is why the Whatnauts’ recordings are more polished than early tracks of their label mates, the Moments.

Of their three albums (and 10 singles) on Stang Records from 1970 to 1974, Introducing the Whatnauts is the creamiest. All three albums plus six bonus tracks, two versions of their number 25 R&B hit with the Moments, “Girls” (English and French), and a 1982 single “Help Is On the Way” that sold 90,000 copies are now available on The Definitive Whatnauts Collection on Deep Beats Records. For smaller doses of their unique heartfelt soul check out either of their two Collectables Records’s CDs: “Message From a Blackman” or “I’ll Erase Your Pain”.

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59 Comments
  • Stretch
    Posted at 20:24h, 30 June 2008 Reply

    The links to this album is working…please repair.

    Thanks

  • Stretch
    Posted at 20:25h, 30 June 2008 Reply

    Sorry meant to say isn’t working…Please Repair.

    Thanks!

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 20:38h, 30 June 2008 Reply

    the link is ok now. enjoy brothers

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 21:30h, 30 June 2008 Reply

    Thank you for sharing this rare and great one. We know you have waited for too long to get it, and people like me just download and listen without waiting for too long. So i hope everybodey will be gratiful and thank you for your work and your generosity. It’s a magic post.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 21:31h, 30 June 2008 Reply

    Yes, Magic is the operative word! :¬)

    /Laf

  • Rich
    Posted at 22:29h, 30 June 2008 Reply

    Finally the wait is over thank u so much for this wonderful treat nikos your the man

  • k02
    Posted at 23:09h, 30 June 2008 Reply

    Appreciate it.

  • Noa
    Posted at 23:48h, 30 June 2008 Reply

    Amazing record! thanks so much!

  • solomon
    Posted at 23:53h, 30 June 2008 Reply

    beautiful! a “new to me” whatnauts album. many thanks.

  • G.P.
    Posted at 00:14h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    Thanks for sharing this, I cant wait to give it a listen.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 00:21h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    Garnett Jone’s falsetto was the heart of the group. His leads on “Just Can’t Lose Your Love,” the painful “She’s Gone to Another,” and “I’ll Erase Away Your Pain” are legendary. soooo sweet record!

  • Messiah
    Posted at 00:58h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    thank you to both Nikos and Cafe for making this one happen. I missed out on The Whatnauts On The Rocks when it was on Lost N Tyme……and i remember reading the comments on that one so this is one i won’t miss. Thanks again Nikos and Cafe……Peace

  • Numba
    Posted at 00:59h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    Another great discovery, thanks a lot Nikos !

  • PagoKid
    Posted at 01:26h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    Definitely one of the dopest soul groups I’ve ever heard.

  • hook
    Posted at 02:05h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    Great taste, complete posts, beautiful design, classic stuff, a lot of rarities. One love for the music! Thank you for sharing this excellent vinyl collection. bless you.

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 08:01h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    Many gospel and soul groups back in 50’s and 60’s used harmony with one person doing a call and response lead mostly in bass. It was a baby growing up in an urban enviroment (after WW2) and playing with toys their parents (spirituals, blue notes, jazz…) had given. At the eve of 70’s this baby was a teenager and wanted some action, was looking for love, a grown up at last or pretended to be a man! Smooth harmonies… soul music! Emerged from the streets of Philly, NY, Baltimore… and here we are! The Whatnauts!!! Thank you Nikos for introducing us this wonderful harmony group from Baltimore, believe me brother, worth any penny…(from one certain poit of view!!!)

  • gorgio
    Posted at 09:31h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    Oooooh, at last the Whatnauts! Another one of wonderful soul albums that you post here. Your time and efforts ARE much appreciated!

  • daniel
    Posted at 10:02h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    THANKS MAN. IT’S FANTASTIC.

  • T.A.
    Posted at 11:35h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    Can’t thank you enough for these gems, man! One of the best blog ever…Respect.

  • Vincent the Soul Chef
    Posted at 13:44h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    Score one for the home team!!! Being that I am a lifelong resident of Baltimore, I certainly can attest to the fact that we produced some of the greatest harmony soul you’ll ever want to hear. I am going to have to pull out my Softones records now on general principle. Thanks as always for the tremendous share and for schooling the kids on music from my home town.

    Thanks again for all the well wishes too, Nikos. I’ll be back to ripping fresh wax later on today.

    Peace and blessings.

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 14:02h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    Though i’m not from Baltimore (!!!), i strongly second that Vincent! And what about some more harmony from Baltimore’s Skip Mahoaney and The Casuals as Mr. Moo has already posted their albums in his excellent blog!!! Up for the Orioles now!!!

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 15:19h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    Yup, this is heaven sent harmony soul! Can’t thank you enough, Nikos!

    /Lafayette

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 15:40h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    Hi Vincent, i didn’t knew you are from Baltimore. Indeed you should be proud of your harmony soul groups. i have alredy posted the 3rd Softones album and i intend to post their amazing debut.
    Congratulations again to you and Leslie. i wonder where are you planning for the honeymoon. and can’t wait to check wax later.

  • lookin4crates
    Posted at 16:58h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    keep doin ya thing nikos! thanks again

  • ElinorRigby
    Posted at 23:33h, 01 July 2008 Reply

    Delightful album that is very hard to find! Thanks!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 00:58h, 02 July 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • pegasi
    Posted at 01:40h, 02 July 2008 Reply

    This album is a treat! And, yes, I do remember “3 minutes to hey girl.” I still have a scratchy 45. Keep on keeping on! Keep the soul alive! It’s greatly appreciated.

  • Donovan
    Posted at 02:07h, 02 July 2008 Reply

    What more can i add about this excellent group and this rare gem. Soul is alive thanks to sites like this. efkaristo!!!(hope is right, man)

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 04:31h, 02 July 2008 Reply

    Thanks Nikos, My Brother! I had a copy of this, but I had to grab your’s because your posts are always crystal clear! Fantastic Soul Album!

  • hooch
    Posted at 10:32h, 02 July 2008 Reply

    Many thanks Nikos – Love anything by the whatnauts!

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 12:09h, 02 July 2008 Reply

    I am so glad you all like the Whatnauts. So next post will be both their 2nd and 3nd albums. “Reaching For The Stars” and “Whatnauts on the Rocks”. i rip them last night and i really think they are really great too. A must have to soul fans. Harmony soul at its best.

  • Van
    Posted at 12:38h, 02 July 2008 Reply

    The whatnauts is one my favorite soul groups. Their discography (3 Lp’s) is great. Drew their inspiration from falsetto-led groups like the Dells, the Chi-Lites, and especially the Stylistics. They shared a similar smooth sound and romantic lyrics (with an occasional foray into social lyrics) and a lead falsetto that could crack safety glass. thank you for sharing and bringing back the memories.

  • Barry
    Posted at 12:44h, 02 July 2008 Reply

    Fascinating tunes. i am impressed of the records you post. peace and blessings.

  • london
    Posted at 20:56h, 02 July 2008 Reply

    Massive thanks.

  • Mr.Fean
    Posted at 01:34h, 03 July 2008 Reply

    Major props 2 nikos for another great week. The Whatnauts discography at last to my pc. can’t ask for more.

  • jim
    Posted at 09:57h, 03 July 2008 Reply

    Wowwwww!!!!very very dope,nikos

  • FEAR
    Posted at 13:40h, 03 July 2008 Reply

    This lp blew my mind. killer site.thanx.

  • Doctor Okeh
    Posted at 20:05h, 03 July 2008 Reply

    this album is the bomb, I only had a few random tracks by them , and I recognize alot from this record , so glad to have a copy many many thx Nikos!!!!

  • zion
    Posted at 20:09h, 03 July 2008 Reply

    thanks a million!as usual, i was chasing this a long time ago…

  • MsMerising
    Posted at 21:02h, 03 July 2008 Reply

    As usual, my favorite Grecian is throwing down the best ‘toons. Much love from L.A.!!?

    M
    x

  • kate
    Posted at 00:51h, 04 July 2008 Reply

    Superb quality posts. killer album. So grateful.

  • Pierre
    Posted at 02:48h, 04 July 2008 Reply

    Hi nikos, this site is heaven for soul lovers. Amazing album, love the arrangements on it and the harmony vocals. my fav is “Message from a Black Man”.

  • Lauren
    Posted at 12:47h, 04 July 2008 Reply

    Thank you for putting me on this album (and all the others, I love this site!).

  • Messiah
    Posted at 17:23h, 04 July 2008 Reply

    Whatnauts tid bit…..Kanye West sampled I’ll Erase Away Your Pain for a song off his Late Registration album titled Late……..i was listening to it this morning and i knew i heard that melody some where there it was…..amazing album Nikos….thanks again fam’….Peace

    Messiah

  • Messiah
    Posted at 17:48h, 04 July 2008 Reply

    Another tid bit…..from this album i’ve yet another sample….Message From A Blackman has been sampled a few times…most recently i recall hearing that bass line in a song from Mos Def and Nas uses it on his new album titled The N on a the song You Can’t Stop Us Now…..i think i’ll be listening to this album all weekend….Thanks Nikos

    Messiah

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 18:05h, 04 July 2008 Reply

    Messiah, i knew about Kanye West cause i like him and have his discography on mp3 but had no idea about the sample from Mos Def and Nash. i will check it out. So glad you like the album. i knew it was great that’s why i was after the original lp for years. Have a nice weekend bro!!

  • thomas
    Posted at 14:26h, 05 July 2008 Reply

    Thanks for this joint.

  • George
    Posted at 11:00h, 19 July 2008 Reply

    I just love their look. Agree that they could have chosen a better name for the group. Still though, this is some good soul!

  • charles darwin
    Posted at 17:48h, 14 August 2008 Reply

    Kanye west makes me angry
    Whatnauts make me happy

  • jean
    Posted at 03:21h, 30 October 2008 Reply

    what a nice joint…a blunt ..thx dude

  • lito87
    Posted at 09:45h, 12 December 2008 Reply

    Thank you so much for this…I love it!!!

  • Troods
    Posted at 23:28h, 06 August 2009 Reply

    I bought their other two albums (and a cd of both) but never caught this one! where was I? Whatanauts wore their hearts on their sleeves which is why we women adored them. The rule at a party was: if you’re dancing to a whatanauts song, your partner is not allowed to sing along!

    I so appreciate you making this available and getting the assist from Cafe so we’d have a perfect copy. Thank you Cafe. Thank you Nikos.

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 21:08h, 30 September 2009 Reply

    thanks dude really great!

  • nee nee
    Posted at 23:36h, 25 December 2009 Reply

    where can you buy this lp or cd Introducing The Whatnauts & what is the price

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 16:12h, 27 December 2009 Reply
  • Dan
    Posted at 12:49h, 21 February 2010 Reply

    Big thanks for this one.

  • SOS
    Posted at 20:39h, 31 March 2013 Reply

    I’m trying the link, but it doesn’t seem to be working.

  • Nikos
    Posted at 21:01h, 31 March 2013 Reply

    Both links are working fine.

  • Topaz Bon
    Posted at 05:36h, 17 August 2015 Reply

    Thanks for posting these ultra rare Whatnauts LPs, soooo wonderful!!

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