Junior Parker – 1971 – Love Ain’t Nothin’ But A Business Goin’ On

Mr Magic Blues makes a ’70s soul classic and Mr.Moo kindly offer it to us.

Yes his classics from Sun Records have there own place, but do not be misled by this man’s long history in the music business, this album from the 70s, is brilliant,wonderful soul, funk, blues etc. so many good tracks and great covers eg of Beatles ‘taxman’ is great; and ‘outside man’ among  others make this album a classic as well as the iconic artwork- a great all rounded.

This is a @320 vinyl rip (supplied by Mr.Moo) of the original Groove Merchant LP including covers

A1 Love Ain’t Nothin’ But a Business Goin’ On 3:20
A2 The Outside Man 3:12
A3 Darling Depend on Me 3:43
A4 Taxman 3:42
A5 Rivers Invitation 2:45
I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone 3:38
B2 Just to Hold My Hand 3:51
B3 You Know I Love You 3:33
B4 Lady Madonna 2:12
B5 Tomorrow Never Knows 3:25

Review by Andrew Male (Mojo Magazine)

Herman Parker Jr. was born at the heart of the blues in Clarksdale, Mississippi in 1932. He died tragically young, from a brain tumour in 1971. In between, he produced some of the most soulful blues of the ’50s and ’60s. Mentored by Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin’ Wolf and talent-spotted by Ike Turner, Parker started out as Little Junior who, with The Blue Flames cut the riotous Feelin’ Good and the eerie Mystery Train for Sun Records. Parker’s downhome late-’50s sides for Duke brought him success but when he moved away from hard blues he lost his audience. As a result, most scholars tend to write off Parker’s later, more soulful sound. This is a shame as his final recordings contain some of the most warm-heated sunshine soul of the period. Cratediggers rate this album (alt. titled Outside Man in its Capitol incarnation) because of Sonny Lester’s clear production, and in-the-pocket groove from Jimmy McGriff’s soul-jazz combo and Parker’s three Beatles tracks – Taxman, Tomorrow Never Knows and Lady Madonna – where the singer’s good-hearted character cuts through the clichés, even going so far as to blanche at the meanness of George Harrison’s lyrics on Taxman (“Oh, this is awful!”).

Also worth tracking down is Parker’s glorious cover of Ain’t It Funny How Time Slips Away from the same period; an epic spoken-word reworking of the Willie Nelson country classic that deserves to sit alongside such other soul overhauls of white radio standards as Isaac Hayes’ By The Time I Get To Phoenix and Bobby Womack’s cover of The Carpenters’ Close To You.


Biography from AMG

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  • Carl Howard
    Posted at 01:49h, 23 August 2010 Reply

    Looks great!

  • Eugene
    Posted at 02:06h, 23 August 2010 Reply


    A big thanks to you & Mr Moo for this generous post. Just the thing to start off the week ahead. It will be on my walkman for the trip to work in the morning.



  • Davis
    Posted at 09:35h, 23 August 2010 Reply

    Fantastic share. Thanks a million.

  • hooch
    Posted at 12:23h, 23 August 2010 Reply

    Many thanks Mr Moo & Nikos

  • sonray
    Posted at 20:42h, 23 August 2010 Reply

    cool looking cover…cant wait to hear it…thanks for sharing

  • rich
    Posted at 22:06h, 23 August 2010 Reply

    great post nikos and mr.moo

  • SoulSizzle
    Posted at 23:06h, 23 August 2010 Reply

    Already have a copy of this, but this is def one of my favorites. Keep up the good work.

  • Andreas
    Posted at 00:10h, 24 August 2010 Reply

    Wonderful. I just love it.

  • Javier
    Posted at 13:18h, 24 August 2010 Reply

    Amazing share. Thank you both.

  • Grumpy
    Posted at 15:07h, 24 August 2010 Reply

    Nice one! Classic work, a milion thanks.

  • Dreamer456
    Posted at 18:09h, 24 August 2010 Reply

    Mr. Moo always comes correct. Thanks as always for the great music.

  • HeavySoulBrutha DaveB
    Posted at 17:29h, 24 August 2010 Reply

    AMAZING!!! Thanks so much! Peace and SOUL…

  • k02
    Posted at 01:11h, 25 August 2010 Reply


  • Len
    Posted at 03:52h, 25 August 2010 Reply

    WOW !!! Guys another excellent share to be sure.Great Clean production,killer grooves,killer band and I love the unique takes on the Beatles covers. Just FANTASTIC.Thanks again for all of your love,time and effort.

  • Melvyn
    Posted at 14:18h, 25 August 2010 Reply

    Thank you for this wonderful share which I’d like to explore more.

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 23:47h, 25 August 2010 Reply

    Absolutely fantastic this one!!!!!!!!! Thanks a lot !!!!!!!

  • Nicholas
    Posted at 00:03h, 26 August 2010 Reply

    I’d never heard this – thank you!

  • DJ hush
    Posted at 19:50h, 26 August 2010 Reply

    I really like this post very good pic.

  • Jimmy
    Posted at 23:29h, 26 August 2010 Reply

    Great. Thank u so much.

  • Jazz Obsessive
    Posted at 20:51h, 27 August 2010 Reply

    This is a great L P.

  • goo
    Posted at 03:34h, 28 August 2010 Reply

    my soul is funked @!

  • Alexandro
    Posted at 16:01h, 28 August 2010 Reply

    Magnífico disco.

  • Casper
    Posted at 11:34h, 29 August 2010 Reply

    I never heard this before. Thank you x one million. I’m digging this so much.

  • Leon
    Posted at 11:57h, 29 August 2010 Reply

    A voice smoother than the oldest single malt scotch. Such a shame to be cut down at a young age.

  • Jeremy
    Posted at 18:06h, 29 August 2010 Reply

    Awesome. Excellent blog. Congrats.

  • Gledix
    Posted at 21:36h, 29 August 2010 Reply

    Fantastic choice. Superb guitar game.
    Very good album. Who may have been the guitarist on the album ???

  • Marcel
    Posted at 21:46h, 29 August 2010 Reply

    A voice smoother than the oldest single malt scotch.

  • pedro
    Posted at 05:44h, 04 September 2010 Reply

    Thanks for this mid stream blues

  • Andy
    Posted at 15:15h, 03 October 2010 Reply

    Great LP – I have a different version of this LP called Outside Man with a black and white cover. Same tracklisting. The veriosns of Taxman and Tomorrow.. are great

  • shoul
    Posted at 13:32h, 29 October 2010 Reply


  • tolmatchov
    Posted at 21:47h, 18 May 2011 Reply

    absoluuuteeelllyy fabulous!
    This record made my month!!!! One of my best. Love aint nothing than a business is great
    Fantastic site.
    Keep it going!

  • DD
    Posted at 19:14h, 03 June 2012 Reply

    ENORME !!!


  • felipe
    Posted at 19:05h, 27 October 2012 Reply

    el mejor disco de blues,funk,soul y todo propio

  • Danny Boy
    Posted at 04:51h, 19 January 2013 Reply

    If you enjoy this record you oughta check the early Sun sides of the man known as Little Junior Parker, gaddam classics that will rock your soul. The Driving Whell Lp is worth listening to.

  • TheJazzHoppa
    Posted at 19:35h, 22 June 2013 Reply

    Anything Groove Merchant is worth diggin’ on. Thanks a ton brother

  • thegroove
    Posted at 14:47h, 21 November 2013 Reply

    Quality as ever from Junior Parker. The man lived in the groove! I concur with Danny Boy, all the man’s output is worth a listen.

  • hi-lite
    Posted at 23:09h, 09 March 2016 Reply


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