Clarence Reid – 1969 – Dancin’ With Nobody But You Babe

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Most of you are aware of Mr.Moo – I think he explained himself clearly on his blog.

So let’s enjoy his latest contribution, Clarence Reid’s debut (and best) LP, “Dancin’ With Nobody But You Babe”, recorded for Alston Records and distributed by

Atlantic subsidiary Atco in ’69. The album is a rarity for the time: an almost completely solid slab of lean, no-filler soul, back when even the greatest R&B; stars made stellar singles but middling albums. The clunky party vibe wasn’t too far off from that of Reid’s Texas labelmates, Archie Bell & The Drells–that is, if The Drells’ “Tighten Up”-strength hyperkinesis had been rendered slower, somewhat sultry, and super f***ing stoned. Keep an ear out for a couple of surprisingly excellent covers of Edwin Starr’s “25 Miles” and (believe it or not) a cringe-free version of The Beatles’ “Get Back.”

Tracks

A1   Nobody But You Babe (2:46)
A2   Twenty Five Miles (3:46)
A3   Doggone It (2:51)
A4  Get Back (3:54)
A5   Don’t Look Too Hard (2:20)
A6   I’ve Been Trying (2:26)
B1    Tear You A New Heart (2:55)
B2  Part Time Lover (1:57 )
B3  Shop Aroud (3:05 )
B4   Fools Are Not Born (2:09)
B5  Polk Salad Annie (3:55)
B6  Send Me Back My Money (2:21)

Singer/songwriter/producer Clarence Reid, like David Bowie and P-Funk’s George Clinton, had multiple musical personalities. One was of an earnest Southern soul singer, born February 14, 1945, in Cochran, GA, and recorded for TK Records president Henry Stone’s Alston imprint. His Billboard-charting singles were “Nobody but You Babe” (number seven R&B summer 1969, on the Atlantic LP), “Good Old Days” (early 1972), and “Funky Party” (summer 1974). He co-wrote hits for Betty Wright (“Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do”), the million-selling “Clean Up Woman,” “Baby Sitter,” and “Let Me Be Your Lovemaker.” For Gwen McCrae, Reid co-wrote and co-produced “Rockin’ Chair,” which reached the pop Top Ten in 1975,
In his other persona, he performed X-rated material under the pseudonym Blowfly
.   This was his biggest innovation, though–and one that would change the course of his life. His first recording as Blowfly, a 1965 song titled “Rap Dirty”, is considered by some to be the first rap song. But it wasn’t until 1971 that Reid got a band together, donned the mask, and laid down a whole album of the smutty stuff–which often times would parody hits of the day, only slathered with XXX-rated puns. Reid also helped Richard Finch get a job with TK Records and introduced Harry Wayne “K.C.” Casey to junkanoo, the festive party music that would be the core sound of Casey and Finch’s ’70s super group KC and the Sunshine Band.

This Henry Stone master (Alston Records) was handled by Atco Records for mass distribution and promotion, which didn’t happen to any great extent.. If you found this album in a record store north of the Mason-Dixon Line it was because of a shipping foul-up — unfortunate, because it’s one of Reid’s better endeavors. Recorded at the Zoo Recording Studio in Miami, FL, like most records under Stone’s family of labels, the recording was primitive, but in this case appealing. Reid updates “25 Miles,” “Shop Around,” and “I’ve Been Trying,” and adds some gritty Southern soul via “Nobody but You Baby,” “Send Me Back My Money,” and “Polk Salad Annie.” A prolific writer, Reid never really found his niche as a singer until he ventured into the novelty/party record scene as the outrageous Blowfly.

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The above info’s taken mainly from All Music Guide with some additional ‘first hand’ info (which in itself is quite an interesting read) here. The album is easily available on CD and (if you are lucky under 50 USD) on LP here

Check out a new documentary film, “The Weird World of Blowfly,” about Clarence Reid, a soul/funk/R&B singer and songwriter, and his alter ego Blowfly, the original dirty rapper. The film is currently making the rounds of the festival circuit with an anticipated public release in Spring, 2011.

Now, for those who’ve never seen live Clarence Reid as his beloved persona Blowfly, enjoy one of the first rap songs ever: “Rap Dirty”

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40 Comments
  • Anonymous
    Posted at 19:13h, 20 April 2009 Reply

    Simply wonderful – many thanks to Nikos and Mr. Moo!

  • Soul Bonanza
    Posted at 19:14h, 20 April 2009 Reply

    Simply wonderful – many thanks to Nikos and Mr. Moo!

  • rich
    Posted at 20:51h, 20 April 2009 Reply

    thank u nikos and mr. moo for this wonderful post.

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 21:14h, 20 April 2009 Reply

    Many thanks Nikos & Moo, every post is eagerly awaited!

  • E-mile
    Posted at 23:11h, 20 April 2009 Reply

    Moo & Nikos, thanks for this one!!! highly appriciated!
    peace, E-mile

  • Chris-T
    Posted at 00:52h, 21 April 2009 Reply

    Thanks Mr.Moo & Nikos, really appreciate this one.

  • jean paris
    Posted at 01:38h, 21 April 2009 Reply

    yo moo…thanks dude and u nikos…dammmmmmmmmmm..im addict to ur blog now..!=)

  • hooch
    Posted at 02:58h, 21 April 2009 Reply

    Thank you Mr.Moo & Nikos – greatly appreciated!

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 07:18h, 21 April 2009 Reply

    Super Share Mr. Moo!! I love Your blog as well!! I haven’t visited in a while but I’m definitely gonna check you out soon!! Much Appreciated Mr. Moo And Nikos.

  • bowlisha1
    Posted at 07:47h, 21 April 2009 Reply

    LOL…I loved the covers of 25 miles and Get Back! Tks so much Mr. Moo much appreciated. Thank you Nikos for the great Bio. I love to read the Bio’s while I listen.

  • JTF
    Posted at 18:13h, 21 April 2009 Reply

    I’ll dance to this!

  • Ryan
    Posted at 18:41h, 21 April 2009 Reply

    Oh! I’m gonna have a good time listening to this. Thank you.

  • vincent the soul chef
    Posted at 03:35h, 22 April 2009 Reply

    Just dropping by to show some love… great choice as always. And thank you so much for posting that Fabulous Counts joint 🙂

    Peace and blessings.

  • Antonis
    Posted at 11:29h, 22 April 2009 Reply

    Great job. Beautiful album. I like ‘Nobody but You Babe’ and the beatles cover. Thanks for sharing.

  • yodasbestmate
    Posted at 13:47h, 22 April 2009 Reply

    Ahhh yeah, more fire from FMS! Thanks as always Nikos, and props to Mr Moo for the assist!

    ybm

  • Thomas Andriopoulos
    Posted at 16:32h, 22 April 2009 Reply

    Mr.Moo, thank you very much for sharing this joint! we seek for more contributions from you. Please be around!

  • fredde
    Posted at 16:59h, 22 April 2009 Reply

    What is Mr. Moo’s blog+

  • Konstantinos
    Posted at 18:03h, 22 April 2009 Reply

    Mr. Moo pass the ball and Nicos score!!! And we enjoy “champion’s league” music!

  • tomed
    Posted at 19:41h, 22 April 2009 Reply

    Brilliant, thanks once again!

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 01:03h, 23 April 2009 Reply

    Mr Moo on the ball now – Mr Moo sees an opening in the FMS schedule – brilliantly conceived delivery to a remarkably young looking Nikos who then dribbles around the whole defence – just the goalie to beat and unselfishly he passes to Mr Moo – oh no, Mr Moo is too busy eating the Wembley turf – oh yes, Mr moo is eating it behind the goaline inside the goal itself !!

    Couldn’t resist stealing some of Konstantinos’s comment.

    I will get round to grabbing this soon – in the meantime, many thanks for this very rare webpost – hope all is well my man

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 07:51h, 23 April 2009 Reply

    fucking amazing.
    thank you soo much

  • Stone
    Posted at 09:08h, 23 April 2009 Reply

    anyone else notice that the bar pictured on the cover of this album is the same one on the front of the little beaver album party down??

    where is this bar? probably miami or something

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 17:51h, 23 April 2009 Reply

    Wow, Nikos & Moo…great choice here…was just looking into Clarence more tidy side of music – especially after a long stint of listening a lot to Betty Wright. And I just had his “Running Water” album from 1973 since before, so this is a very welcome addition! Thanks!

    /Laf

  • Jan
    Posted at 21:06h, 23 April 2009 Reply

    Definitely worth checking this one out!

  • Robert
    Posted at 00:49h, 24 April 2009 Reply

    Pretty unoriginal but thanks guys for this!! lol

  • Robert
    Posted at 00:49h, 24 April 2009 Reply

    oops,I meant my comment….

  • D.R.
    Posted at 03:14h, 24 April 2009 Reply

    Much love and respect for the wonderful work.

  • Soulsister
    Posted at 03:18h, 24 April 2009 Reply

    I’ve wanted to put my hands on it. Always appreciate your contributions. Thanks!

  • jose a.
    Posted at 14:25h, 24 April 2009 Reply

    great, thanks again and again!!

  • Fever
    Posted at 14:36h, 24 April 2009 Reply

    Fantastic, thank you very much!

  • Andre
    Posted at 17:35h, 26 April 2009 Reply

    man this one is hot! thanks a million Nikos!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:27h, 27 April 2009 Reply

    Excellent.Thank you.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:58h, 02 May 2009 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 18:20h, 18 May 2009 Reply

    Thanks Mr.Moo & Nikos,

  • analog6
    Posted at 06:41h, 20 May 2009 Reply

    Clarence Reid is always a welcome addition. Thanks.

  • Geewiz
    Posted at 02:54h, 12 July 2009 Reply

    sweet!!!!

  • noone noone
    Posted at 10:29h, 20 November 2009 Reply

    this is funk by all means.
    thank you, both.
    😉

  • Radek
    Posted at 23:33h, 27 June 2010 Reply

    Thank you very much for this excellent album.

  • SCROB
    Posted at 08:27h, 14 January 2012 Reply

    Happy New Year from BLOWFLY (I’ll probably do his next album cover): http://SCROB.TV/2012/01/12/blowfly-happy-new-year-2012-artwork-by-scrob/

  • Eddie
    Posted at 19:22h, 16 March 2014 Reply

    Thanks for sharing!

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