David Porter – 1970 – Gritty Groovy And Gettin’ It

His first LP on his own, with production by Isaac Hayes, backing by the Bar Kays, and lots of nice cuts that have a produced soul sound that’s similar to some of the stuff that Ike was doing at the time. Although he was best known as part of the song writing team of Porter/Hayes, this LP, like Ike’s early ones, has mostly material written by other composers. Unlike Ike’s LPs, which had mainly pop stuff done in a soul style, the tracks on here are a good batch of soul classics, like “Im A Telling You”, “I Only Have Eyes For You”, and “Just Be True”.

This a @320 vinyl rip of the original Stax records LP including covers. Never released on CD. 

A1 I Only Have Eyes for You 2:59
A2 Guess Who? 4:33
A3 I’m a Telling You 4:08
A4 Just Be True 3:04
B1 The Way You Do the Things You Do 3:45
B2 Can’t See You When I Want To 7:49
B3 One Part – Two Parts 3:08
B4 I Don’t Know Why I Love You 2.59

David Porter is most famous as the songwriting partner of Isaac Hayes during the 1960s. Functioning as house composers for Stax, they penned most of Sam & Dave’s hits, including such classics as “Soul Man” and “Hold On! I’m Coming”; they also wrote material for other acts on the roster, such as Carla Thomas, Johnnie Taylor, and the Soul Children. Starting in the late ’60s, Hayes became increasingly involved in his own recording career, eventually leading to the end of the partnership. Many soul fans remain unaware that Porter also began to record his own albums for Stax. In fact, in the ’60s he had released a few singles for Savoy and Hi under the pseudonyms of Little David and Kenny Cain, and had done a single for Stax itself in 1965, “Can’t See You When I Want To.” A remake of “Can’t See You When I Want To” became a Top 30 R&B hit for Porter, and he cut several albums for Stax in the early ’70s, including an ambitious concept LP, Victim of the Joke? which connected conventional pop/soul tunes with dialog. By this time he had teamed up with a different songwriting partner, Ronnie Williams, but as a solo artist he ultimately made little impact.


Listen up the wonderful “Can’t See When I Want To”


As a bonus here is his 2nd (??)album on Stax.

It’s really a mystery what is happening with this album. AMG do not include it in David Porter’s discography. Neither Stax as you can see. But…look at the cover with the STAX label. 

On the other hand his Victim of the Joke?: An Opera” album contains the same songs as concept album of sorts, the songs linked together by dialogue based around a thin romantic plot.

So i really can’t understand what is happening. Probably “If I Give It Up, I Want It Back” released first but soon disappeared or failed and later David decided to make it again as an opera. I would be grateful if anyone can help to solve it.

This is a @192 vinyl rip of the original Stax Records LP. Never released on Cd. 

A1 If I Give it Up-I Want it Back 2.22
A2 When U Have to Sneak (You Have To Sneak)3.22
A3 Help 3.26
A4 I’m Afraid the Masquerade is Over 9.39
B1 Storm in the Summertime 5.47
B2 Pretty Inside 3.31
B3 Human 3.48
B4 Airplane Ticket-Bus Ride-Can I Borrow Your Car 3.47

You can play a game with this record. Its called ‘spot the sample’ as in a matter of 1 minute you will hear Wun Tang Clan , Lords of the Underground and the break to B.I.G.. ‘who shot ya’. This is one of the dopest soul tunes you all really need to take a listen to this record as i cant recommend it enough.

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Listen up the killer “I’m Afraid The Masquerade Is Over

I knew David porter as a songwriter and couldn’t imagine how great were his own recordings. Enjoy them!


Conversation for album: David Porter – 1970 – Gritty Groovy And Gettin’ It

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:40h, 05 September 2008 Reply

    I needed some Porter! Thank you… 🙂

  • k02
    Posted at 19:15h, 05 September 2008 Reply

    i was anticipating this post like crazy, thank you Nikos.

  • luke703
    Posted at 21:37h, 05 September 2008 Reply

    2 must haves. A great post. Thank you much.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 21:37h, 05 September 2008 Reply

    I’m definitley feelin’ this one Nikos! Much Appreciated!

  • per aspera ad astra
    Posted at 22:52h, 05 September 2008 Reply

    Thank you very much for this. Please Let´s get it on…

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 00:12h, 06 September 2008 Reply

    Thanks, bro! Was eagerly awaiting this to drop! Now the weekend is saved! :¬)

  • Noa
    Posted at 00:21h, 06 September 2008 Reply

    Thank you for another amazing post.

  • robert
    Posted at 01:58h, 06 September 2008 Reply

    I never knew David Porter made records but I’m glad to hear them, these are exceptional!

    Many thanks, Nikos.

  • rg
    Posted at 03:27h, 06 September 2008 Reply

    thanks again

  • 2timez
    Posted at 03:40h, 06 September 2008 Reply


  • ish
    Posted at 04:53h, 06 September 2008 Reply

    what a find. thanks!

  • Doctor Okeh
    Posted at 07:57h, 06 September 2008 Reply

    lovin the groovy tunes fam!, many thx for the hook up!
    the only track I think I have by Mr Porter is The Masquerade is Over, what a nice share , thx again bubz!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • John F
    Posted at 09:24h, 06 September 2008 Reply

    Really fantastic post man.

  • musicmeiho
    Posted at 10:16h, 06 September 2008 Reply

    Excellent! Thank you

  • Larry
    Posted at 10:26h, 06 September 2008 Reply

    Yes, David Porter can sing so goooood! and that “Masquerade” song is great.

  • fooliver
    Posted at 11:14h, 06 September 2008 Reply

    Thx for the David Porter Albums!!! Good work…

  • XMan
    Posted at 18:05h, 06 September 2008 Reply

    Superb work. This blog is stunning.

  • Messiah
    Posted at 18:58h, 06 September 2008 Reply

    I really love this dude man…that Victim of The Joke album has been sampled by so many producers but it’s actually a great album….i’ve never this album by him so i’m anxious to get into this one…thanks Nikos! Peace


  • W
    Posted at 21:25h, 06 September 2008 Reply

    Sweet stuff! And produced by Isaac Hayes, how cool is that? Thanks.

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 00:16h, 07 September 2008 Reply

    Great posts. Thank you so much.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 00:43h, 07 September 2008 Reply

    Great post! This dude makes some real soulful music. man.. Thanks!!

  • Frosty
    Posted at 01:29h, 07 September 2008 Reply

    David Porter is one of the greatest figures in soul music. i wasn’t familiar with his own releases and believe me it’s a great surprise.

  • roger1
    Posted at 04:13h, 07 September 2008 Reply

    thanks nikos, you have a great selection and i thank you for the hard work

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 04:36h, 07 September 2008 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • alex
    Posted at 18:36h, 07 September 2008 Reply

    many thanks for 2 great albums nikos!
    really appreciated man!

  • Son
    Posted at 19:46h, 07 September 2008 Reply

    These two albums are great. Thanx man.

  • Lukas
    Posted at 00:57h, 08 September 2008 Reply

    Fantastic tunes.

  • kizza
    Posted at 10:38h, 08 September 2008 Reply

    Classic soul music indeed! Great posts!

  • pierre
    Posted at 10:44h, 08 September 2008 Reply

    i love David Porter now because o f these posts. So thanks a million.

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 13:05h, 08 September 2008 Reply

    There’s surely a mess about which David Porter album considered to be his second. Many Stax historians point out “Opera” as his 2nd solo effort, but at the same time they say it’s his 3rd! Nevertheless, David, a long time Stax devotee, had a full of emotions solo career, deflecting most of the painful situation he was going through at the eve of 70’s. His mother has just passed away and moreover he was amidst some serious personal crisis, according to his own words. And that you can hear in his first full album, which was produced mostly by him, despite the sleeve notes that give full credit to his long time friend and partner, the late Isaac Hayes…

  • Ryan
    Posted at 13:16h, 08 September 2008 Reply

    Certainly a must have. This is the best collection of soul music compared to any of the related blogs. Incredible work.

  • Rich
    Posted at 18:29h, 08 September 2008 Reply

    Nikos whats good? thanx for these two amazin records by david porter great songs and great info on him.

  • Mbone
    Posted at 20:19h, 08 September 2008 Reply

    great post – Love it when I discover new stuff through your blog! Hopefully someone can shed a light on what the deal is with this album!

  • Angel
    Posted at 23:07h, 08 September 2008 Reply

    Really great grooves. Bravo.

  • Berry
    Posted at 09:29h, 09 September 2008 Reply

    Thanks for the David Porter, not much of his stuff out there, thank you again for sharing.

  • Oak
    Posted at 10:46h, 09 September 2008 Reply

    Sweet. Thanks

  • hooch
    Posted at 11:56h, 09 September 2008 Reply

    Many thanks indeed Nikos!

    Posted at 12:16h, 09 September 2008 Reply

    wowwaaahh! Wonderful albums. Much appreciated.

  • Mark
    Posted at 09:24h, 10 September 2008 Reply

    Great sound … thanks

  • Ron
    Posted at 17:28h, 10 September 2008 Reply


  • BMack
    Posted at 09:44h, 17 September 2008 Reply

    Thanks for posting these gems from a truly talented musician!!! Heads should really get up on these joints!!

  • Musicdawn
    Posted at 12:14h, 23 September 2008 Reply

    Great Album As always Nikos! Big Thanks Soul Bro!

  • keviekev
    Posted at 06:14h, 06 October 2008 Reply

    Very nice. Thank you very much. Respect

  • Arkane1
    Posted at 16:39h, 16 October 2008 Reply

    Hello Nikos! I have been so busy lately with work & my art. Just stopping thru to catch up. Hope all is well. These 2 D. Porter albums are probably 2 of my all time favorite albums. I can’t stop listening to them! Thank you very much for sharing these. Peace!

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 23:43h, 20 October 2008 Reply

    Really thanks because i don’t know him very well

  • Martin - The Elder Statesman
    Posted at 19:32h, 21 October 2008 Reply

    Hello Nikos!,

    perhaps i can help with the mix up of his albums. I do believe, that the If I Give It Up, I Want It Back” is one of those “european only” release, where the record companies over here believe to be more successful when they market the record differently. So in the 70s we still had different covers sometimes even different songs released on different albums and singles. That’s what makes collecting so exciting. Nowadays we rarely have a different cover (oh, the amy winehouse album has a diff. artwork in the us) if released on vinyl and cd after all. Just my two pence. And thanks for a great block from germany!


  • Chris
    Posted at 22:48h, 12 November 2008 Reply

    I’ve got ’em on vinyl, now I have ’em on MP3!!! Thanks for taking the time to save me and the rest of us the time. PEace

  • pedro
    Posted at 15:31h, 06 December 2008 Reply

    it must be said his biggest strength was his song writing along with homer banks, hayes but he was a great singer.

  • analog6
    Posted at 02:05h, 22 December 2008 Reply

    Thanks for both of these great albums, Nikos.

  • johnv
    Posted at 06:59h, 12 January 2009 Reply

    Thanks for these great David Porter albums. This cat was really underappreciated.

  • KB
    Posted at 20:00h, 25 May 2009 Reply



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