Monday, April 21, 2008


Roy Hamilton: Don't Let Go

I bought two CDs trying to find the original mono mix of this, and both times was chagrinned to hear "fake stereo". Frustration was approaching an all-time high until just a few minutes ago, when I read the following:

"(Don't Let Go) was the first stereo record to make the pop music charts. 1958 was the year for several stereo recordings, including Hang Up My Rock and Roll Shoes by Chuck Willis, Yakety Yak by the Coasters, Born Too Late by The Poni-Tails, It’s All in the Game by Tommy Edwards and What Am I Living For by Chuck Willis."

(Thanks to these guys for the info.)

So here you have it in true stereo. From the days of creamiest reverb.

8 comments:

ib said...

Love the Volkswagen Beetle! It's like looking at one of those "What's Wrong with this Picture ?" column fillers in a kids' holiday special: You kind of scratch your head until you realise it's not some huge gas-guzzling American automobile in the foreground.

manni said...

my man,
could you post the remaining tracks from chantal goya's masculin/feminin ep ? (april 4 post). i'd really appreciate it... thanks in advance!

Emmett said...

ib, how dare you impugn the integrity of my Fatherland's automobiles! Just kidding. I love the way the sky looks in that photograph. Old film.

Manni: It's great to hear that you're into the Chantal Goya. But there are only like 6 songs on the EP and I already posted 2 of them, so posting the remainder would be a little closer to bootlegging than my value system allows. Send me an email: artdecade1977 at gmail dot com and I'll send you another track or two.

Emmett said...

Manni: If time allows I would probably send you all of the remaining tracks, come to think of it. Drop me a line.

Mike said...

It's funny, but very vaguely I hear Nina Simone, or even Antony in his voice. Especially in the refrain.

Brings back memories of high school when we used to play Jerry Garcia's (was it 15 minutes or so?) version (from his 1990's JGB double album) at the local pizzeria. It was in the jukebox, and we considered it fair game, but I think secretly we were hoping the "spacey" section would freak out the older clientele. To my memory no one ever ran out of the place having any kind of flashbacks, but the song was cut short a few times by the staff and eventually the disc was removed from the jukebox.

Emmett said...

Good call. I can hear Antony in his voice, too. It's a little masculin/feminin, if you will.

ib said...

The Antony comparison is right on the money. By the by, in much the same vein as Tom Verlaine, his (& The Johnsons) version of "KoHD" from the hit and miss "I'm Not There" soundtrack definitely equals - if not almost surpasses - the original. Great vocal.

manni said...

email sent
thank you!