Freddie North – 1974 – Cuss The Wind

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Rare Beautiful deep soul lp by this great singer. Listen to Freddie North and you will realize he has been magnificently blessed.”Love to Hate”,”sun comes up” and the definitive redition of “Rainy night in Georgia”.

This is a 320@ vinyl rip of the original Mankind Records LP

Tracks
A1 Cuss the Wind 3:26
A2
My Whole World Ended 5:22
A3
Love to Hate 3:39
A4
Sun Comes Up 2:31
B1
Gotta Go Get Your Mommy 3:26
B2
I Loved Another Woman 3:00
B3
Oh Lord What Are You Doing 3:10
B4
Rainy Night in Georgia 4:37

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Review by Soulmakossa

Although known to most for his smash hit “She’s All I Got”, Freddie North is – or should be – a household name for those into authentic Southern Soul.
After the majestic ‘Friend‘ LP (1971), North recorded this follow-up in 1975, again with Jerry ‘Swamp Dogg‘ Williams manning the board. And, as with the output of contemporaries such as Z.Z. Hill and Jimmy Lewis, ‘Cuss the Wind’ proved to be another one of those very last true Southern Soul albums, steeped in the gospelfied tradition of gutbucket testifyin’ that, commercially, was rapidly going ‘out of style’ come ’75.
The greasy, plodding title track opens this now rare and acclaimed album, and as soon as North opens his mouth, hearing his rich baritone is like catching up with a long lost but very dear friend.
Freddie then gets right down to business with the album’s centrepiece, the devastating “My Whole World Ended“; a soul staple, but to me, this blazing, horn heavy work out – complete with funk-rock freak out bridge – is the defitinive version. Count your goosebumps when North sinks his teeth into the last chorus…
The menacing, funky vehicle “Love to Hate“, a North original, features some snappy wah wah guitars and soft, shimmering strings. Folksy wisdom set to the traditional Blues pattern, funked up to the extent that it could well have come from a blaxpo-movie.

Sweet, country-tinged soul is up next with the smouldering, teasing “Sun Comes Up“; more downhome philosophy put to a shakin’, earthy groove. Dig the hapsichord here!
There’s an excruciating fraility to the beautiful, low-key ballad “Gotta Go Get Your Mommy“, a sparsely arranged soulful lament featuring Freddie as the archetypical deserted, mourning lover.
And believe it or not, there’s an actual red beans ‘n’ rice old time Blues shakedown here! The to-the-point “I Loved Another Woman” is dirty, dirty delta wailin’, somewhat reminiscent of B.B. King’s “You Upset Me Baby”.
Lord, What Are You Doing” is sweetly orchestrated, mid-tempo soul at its finest; a remarkable, dreamy tune that fully demonstrates the range of pain, anguish and passion Freddie put in his vocal delivery.
Finally, there’s “Rainy Night in Georgia“… What’s to say about this one? A forgotten masterpiece… a soothing, harrowingly beautiful rendition of the Brook Benton original. I can’t say which version I like better… I do know that this is one masterful way of ending a splendid, deep, SOUL-ful album.
Freddie North should have been huge… The man was brilliant, and his two records for Swamp Dogg are all the evidence you need of that notion.

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  1. brianbrora says:

    A beautiful, rare gem indeed. This is great. Many Thanks.

  2. Baas says:

    yup yup a nice lp….no comments.. thanks jean paris

  3. Sergio says:

    Fantastico !!!!! Thanks for sharing !

  4. Philly_Soul says:

    Marvellous stuff. A new one for me, but what a find. Thanks as ever

  5. Robert says:

    awesome,thanks for the discovery!!

  6. Paul says:

    Superb Southern Soul!

  7. rich says:

    great album thank u nikos

  8. Justin says:

    Fantastic selection of R’n'B. Cheers for this. Keep on keepin on with your brilliant blog.

  9. johh says:

    This guy can sing! Love it – thanks. Keep on with this wonderful blog. One thing puzzles me though. How do you get to know about these artists and singers in the first place – just by digging through the crates?

  10. Spencer says:

    thank you nikos for the amazing music my life is all the better for it long live soul music keep it comin soulbrother thankyou thankyou thankyou.

  11. pedro says:

    great lp this one love world ended great version thanks pedro

  12. Johnathan says:

    Quality posts, quality rips. It’s heaven to me. Thank you very much.

  13. Bobby says:

    Thank you!

  14. Fred says:

    Brilliant artist. What about “Friends” LP? Can you post it too?

  15. ivoryhammer says:

    wow – never heard of this guy and that’s a shame. thanks for your efforts.

  16. Derek says:

    amazing stuff indeed.

  17. Reds says:

    Thank you for sharing this rarity!

  18. Ryan says:

    I just came across your blog and had to congratulate you on it. Some truly amazing albums here, and many I’ve never heard before. I can’t tell you how much your work is appreciated. Thanks again!

  19. Melvyn says:

    Right up my alley. Thanks for a fantastic album.

  20. Kelly says:

    Thanks so much for all these great music that you post.

  21. Richard says:

    thanks you, love soul and never heard of Freddie great post.

  22. Adam says:

    This is a fantastic album! I am currently searching for his ‘Friend’ LP and I can’t wait to listen to that album as well. Thanks!

  23. Rui says:

    Damn this music is so soothing, i like the album and use me.

  24. Gabriel says:

    Still sounds as good today

  25. Steve says:

    thank you for posting it

  26. cleffdeadly says:

    yet another classic!

  27. Liam says:

    the whole album rules!

  28. Sam says:

    Superb artist! Excellent review too. Thank you.

  29. Roy says:

    Great LP! Freddie was the man.

  30. Marcel says:

    Fantastic Post…thank You!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. herbortice says:

    Lovely album. Respect!

  32. modernist says:

    thanks for this great music

  33. modernist says:

    wonderfull again

  34. Patrick says:

    I was blown away by this. Righteous! Thank you!

  35. anteas says:

    Great stuff. iwas searching for this!

  36. edd says:

    Great stuff, thanks. But “Rainy Night in Georgia” was originally by Tony Joe White, who wrote the song.

    Can’t wait to hear this album!

    eh

  37. Kelly Peter says:

    Just listening to this one now, liking so far ! Thx

  38. Schedule says:

    Maybe you should edit the page title Freddie North Cuss The Wind | Funk my Soul to something more catching for your blog post you make. I enjoyed the the writing however.

  39. Anonymous says:

    what an amazing site and collection you have got!…the youtube clips and info on the records is just gold for collectors and crate diggers alike. thank you so much for your work!

  40. edd says:

    "Cuss the Wind" is great.  Been listening to this and to the Ann Sexton Sound Stage 7 album you have so graciously put up here.  I'd like to request you post a good copy of North's "Friend" album. 

  41. Holly says:

    This is *awesome* Thank you! I’m always grateful for Swamp Dogg productions.

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