John Edwards – 1973- John Edwards
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A great sweet soul album.
The first album by John Edwards a richly talented vocalist who would go onto become the lead singer of the Spinners in later years, singing on some of their last big hits. This album’s a very different effort and features John singing in a deep Southern Soul style, mixed with the smoother production of the Hotlanta scene. The real strength of the record, though, is the songs as John sings a great set of tracks by writers like Sam Dees (“I’ll Be Your Puppet”, “Claim Jumpin”, “Stop This Merry Go Round”), Jimmy Lewis (“Careful Man”), Floyd Smith (“You Were Made For Love”, and Bobby & Linda Womack (“It’s A Groove”). Nice stuff, and the production and arranging’s as strong as the writing!
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Aware Records LP including covers.
A1 Stop This Merry-Go-Round (2:58)
A2 Spread The News (2:29)
A3 Careful Man (2:33)
A4 Claim Jumpin (2:25)
A5 I’ll Be Your Puppet (3:25)
B1 You Were Made For Love (3:14)
B2 Messing Up A Good Thing (2:56)
B3 It’s A Groove (3:00)
B4 Exercise My Love (5:05)
Arranged By – Skip Lane
Producer – Floyd Smith
Once an extremely popular regional attraction, John Edwards moved from the chitin circuit to the big time when he joined the Spinners. Born in St. Louis, Edwards began singing in men’s clubs while stationed in Germany during his Army days. When he was discharged, Edwards came to Columbus, GA. He appeared once with Wilson Pickett and then did several dates in Chicago, where he met Curtis Mayfield in 1968. Mayfield got Edwards a session at Weis Records and Jo Armstead produced “If I Don’t Lose My Head” in 1969. Armstead produced other singles for Weis and Twin Stacks before Edwards moved to Bell in 1972. Floyd Smith co-wrote and produced “The Look on Your Face,” after which Edwards moved again to Aware, in 1973. Smith produced his LP John Edwards, and “Messing up a Good Thing” generated some attention. But it was “Careful Man” in 1974 that got Edwards his first and only hit as a single act; it reached number eight. When Aware folded, Edwards did a few dates with The Spinners in 1973, but continued his solo career withCotillion. His 1976 LP Life Love and Living contained some excellent deep soul tunes, particularly “Baby, Hold on to Me,” but didn’t get much attention. Edwards joined The Spinners full-time in 1977 and remains with them currently. “Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl” and “Cupid/I’ve Loved You for a Long Time” in 1980 are the biggest Spinners hits featuring Edwards to date.
John Edwards – 1976 – Life Love and Living
Kind of a key transitional point for Edwards slicker than his southern soul material for the Aware label, but not as polished as his work with The Spinners later in the 70s. The album was produced by David Porter, and has an odd Carribean groove on many cuts not really reggae, but with kind of a light tropical flourish over the top. The real strength, though, is Edwards’ voice which on the best cuts has a strong vibe that runs the gamut of southern soul influences (Al Green, Sam Dees, and others) from the time. Titles include “You, Trouble, & Me”, “That’s That”, “The Key To My Life”, and “Baby, Hold On To Me”.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of the original Cotillion Records LP including covers.
A1 I (Who Have Nothing) (3:29)
A2 Honey, I Don’t Mind (3:11)
A3 Forced To Fight (This Losing Battle) (3:07)
A4 The Key To My Life (4:02)
A5 Thats, That (3:24)
A6 Sister Rose (3:00)
B1 You, Trouble And Me (6:19)
B2 (You’ve Got) My Mind Working Overtime (4:44)
B3 Baby, Hold On To Me (4:53)
B4 Nobody, But You (4:07)