Kimberley Briggs – 1972 – Passings Clouds

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Here’s an album sooooooo rare!!!!. A collector’s item. But also a real gem.

Nashville-born/Cleveland-raised singer/songwriter Dorothy Kimberley Tolliver is an unsung Southern Soul heroine to many collectors of rare and antique R&B records. Blessed with a powerful and tremendously expressive set of pipes.

This is her first and rarest of her two albums.
I feel very proud and honoured that Mr. Moo share it with us through this blog.

I think that the regular visitors will know Mr. Moo through his past uploads in the cbox, and a lot of you are already members of his wonderful blog.
We were introduced to each other by Lafayette of 4BB and found out that we share a similar love for old school soul and funk music. Furthermore he is running a small private blog (What Da Funk) for about a year now, which focuses on seventies and eighties funk, soul, rap & disco. An exceptional blog full of great music, I suggest you should visit daily.

Mr. Moo explains : “ I found this one in a box with other (mostly scratchy) albums years ago, (almost literally) in a haystack near a home of an aunt of an old late friend. The album didn’t come with a sleeve, so I include a front and back cover I found on the internet. The quality of the vinyl is only average, but I did my best to make it soundable.”

And he did. Be sure you can find it only here cause the artist and record is so rare. Neither label promoted the pleasing LPs and both were deleted before most knew they existed.

‘Come & Get Me I’m Ready’ her 2nd album, now released on CD for the first time – thanks to the new US reissue label Reel Music, proves to be a genuine soul masterpiece.

This is a @256 vinyl rip of the original Fantasy Records album.

Tracks
A1. My Whole World Ended 5.11
A2. Give A Man An Inch 2.23
A3. What In This World’s Happening To Love 8.37
A4. He’s Still On My Mind 3.32
B1. Girl Talk With Parents 3.29
B2. The Letter 6.41
B3. Leaving On A Jet Plane 5.51
B4. If I Could Work A Miracle 3.35

Despite the fact that she never had a hit single in her lengthy career, those who know Kim Tolliver’s recordings will testify that her brand of emotional passion and power made her a premiere league singer. Her voice could project a sense of world-weariness and resignation like no other, making her ballads deep soul of the highest quality. And unlike many of her contemporaries she wrote some very fine songs, not just for herself but also for others, notably Margie Joseph in the early 70s.
Kim’s recordings started with the 1967 release of “In Return For Your Love”. Although released on Don Robey’s Houston based Sure Shot label the songs certainly weren’t cut in Texas, but most likely taped in Memphis or Nashville. The excellent deep ballad top side showed that Kim had matured into a powerful vocalist with a fine sense of dynamics
In 1968 she signed with Jack Taylor in New York, who issued four Kim Tolliver 45s on his Rojac label. With his superb series of recordings by Big Maybelle, Taylor had already demonstrated that he could bring out the best in a female artist, and the tracks he cut with Kim were further proof.
Kim was by now married to Freddy Briggs, a songwriter of no mean ability and the couple based themselves in Memphis and Cleveland, the first fruits of this Memphis connection being Kim’s releases on Superheavy and General American Records. The self-penned “How Long Can I Keep Hanging On” (Superheavy 301) was issued under the pseudonym “Big Ella”, possibly for contractual reasons. It was another of those emotionally wracked songs at which so excelled, as was the flip of the GAR release “Get Myself Together” which had a fine melody and the benefit of a tortured vocal performance.
Over the next couple of years Kim issued her two LPs. Briggs pressed up copies of the first set on their own Kimbrig label and titled it teasingly “Who’s Kimberley?” Fantasy picked it up the following year and issued it as“Passing Clouds” by Kimberley Briggs. Sadly the rather overproduced set vanished without trace. As did her second album, “Come And Get Me I’m Ready” which was issued in 1973 on Chess. This set was in a different league to the first effort, full of finely honed songs; although the production was again heavily orchestrated there were less of the soul/rock overtones that rather marred “Passing Clouds”. I think it was very significant that neither Fantasy nor Chess issued a 45 from the albums – were they both aimed at the rock market rather than a black audience?
After a dance orientated 45on Castro, Kim had a very fine 45 which was leased to Pathfinder. This was a truly excellent version of a country hit “Standing Room Only” on which Kim gave one of her very best vocal performances. It’s one of the very best country soul records cut in 70s – up there with the Candi Staton discs on Fame and Marion Love singles on Mercury. These singles are just the tip of the iceberg of Kim’s mid-70s recordings as enough material for another LP was cut but sadly never released. She issued – if that’s the word for pressing a couple of hundred copies – a piece of a live performance singing “If Loving You Is Wrong” at a venue in LA on her own “Revillot” label (try “Tolliver” backwards). This lengthy two-part version has a rap related to the one with which Millie Jackson scored so heavily.

It wasn’t until 1980 that Kim had one last shot at making a hit record. She reunited with Jack Taylor who had re-activated his Tay-Ster label and released two 12” singles with no success.

“Passing Clouds” – From John Ridley’s liner notes…

Tolliver and Briggs adopted a similar production approach to Kim’s own first album, which was cut in a variety of southern studios during 1971. Briggs couldn’t get Stax interested in it so he pressed up copies on their own Kimbrig label and titled it teasingly “Who’s Kimberley?” Fantasy picked it up the following year and issued it as “Passing Clouds” by Kimberley Briggs. On the set Kim tried a lengthy rap to the Box Tops hit “The Letter” and also did a big orchestra number on David Ruffin’s “My Whole World Ended”. She even essayed John Denver’s “Leaving On A Jet Plane” but the tracks that have stood the test of time best are the originals. “He’s Still On My Mind” is Kim at her desperate best and the tuneful “If I Could Work A Miracle” is first class as well. Marketing the album was a big problem. Fantasy was not known as a soul label and failed to issue a “taster” 45 from the set. Furthermore, the name on the front was an unfamiliar one and the anodyne skyscape on the cover did little to help sales. The LP disappeared without trace.

I would like to thank the amazing Mr. Moo for this contribution. Enjoy and show him some love and respect.

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69 Comments
  • k02
    Posted at 19:12h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    Thank mr moo appreciate it

  • Andre
    Posted at 19:44h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    thanks Mr. Moo i love the rare stuff, i gotta see what this is about.

  • Lookin4crates
    Posted at 20:38h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    keep it comin hommie! thanks a lot

  • Gea
    Posted at 20:40h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    Thanx for the rare find Mr.Moo. Looks very promising.

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 21:49h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    thank you Mr. MOO !!

  • cafecafecafe
    Posted at 22:13h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks Mr.Moo and Nikos. Great one. I love her voice.

  • Soul is the Music
    Posted at 22:33h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    What a surprise!!!!! Nobody seems to know her. I like the voice. The killer cover of Box Tops “the letter”, is my favorite till now. Thanks Mr.Moo for the gem and nikos for keeping soul alive through this excellent site.

  • cob
    Posted at 23:59h, 23 June 2008 Reply

    many thanks and much respect to both you and mr. moo!

  • tswift98
    Posted at 00:03h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    Much respect Nikos and Mr. Moo……….hey Mr. Moo, how can I be a member of your blog?

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 00:25h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!

    Fantastic collab, gentlemen! :¬)

    This is something I definitely could get used to…on a regular basis!

    Love & respect,
    Lafayette

  • Jaguar
    Posted at 00:27h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    Looking greatly forward to this deep soul item.

    Many thanks to Mr Moo & Nikos.

  • robert
    Posted at 00:55h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    You’ve got my interest piqued! Looking forward to getting acquainted with this one.

    Thank you Mr. Moo and as always, Nikos.

  • UMA
    Posted at 01:57h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    i can’t get enough of you babe!!!!! The cream of the soul blogs! F…ING unbelievable post nikos & Mr.Moo. Bless you.

  • london
    Posted at 02:16h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    a lost diamond guys! Powerful voice. i can’t believe ‘Come & Get Me I’m Ready’ is better. i haveto buy the cd. it’s the only way to find out.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 02:23h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    London, hurry up and buy it my friend. Read this : it sounds a little like Stax meets Motown.Despite its high quality in terms of performance, material and production, sadly ‘Come & Get Me I’m Ready’ didn’t see any chart action and sank without trace soon after its release. It’s been championed by soul collectors for many years and now, finally, is granted a new lease of life that with any luck, will result in an army of new admirers. Go and get it while you can…
    (CW) 5/5 from Soul and Jazz and Funk

  • manny
    Posted at 02:27h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    oh yes im super excited to hear this one, thanks for posting

  • beats2go
    Posted at 02:50h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    GREAT RARE FIND!
    THX THE SHARE….

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 02:58h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    Much thanks Nikos and Mr. Moo For this Beautiful Post! You Guys are both amazing

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 08:00h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    Lost in the south. A fantasy trip wandering in a long dusty road, a “Thelma & Louise” imaginary soundtrack for Kim & Fred Briggs, not the end of the road but just the moment they reach their destination and then back again on the road. Dry and clean southern sound. Too bad it went unnoticed then, too good it is right here now. It’s never too late brothers… All due respect to Mr. Moo and Nikos for bringing up these wonderful sounds.

  • muchosoul
    Posted at 08:46h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks for sharing a true treasure

  • fritzthecat
    Posted at 13:16h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks for sharing a rare records.

  • catacaldos
    Posted at 14:12h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    Much appreciated.Thanks for sharing all these gems.Great blog and superb info

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 14:43h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    Go to back pages and check another great singer – Margie Joseph – https://www.funkmysoul.gr/?p=67 – “Makes a new impression” album – where Freddy Brigs with Kim’s help produced the album on Stax Label. A must have, brothers.

  • Arkane1
    Posted at 15:58h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    Wow! This record is amazing!!! It has quickly become a favorite album in my life. The composition & musical arrangements are excellent. And when Kimberley’s sweet voice melts over each of the tracks…..a classic is born. Thank you very much Mr. Moo & Nikos, for putting me on to yet another great soul record that I didn’t know even existed! Peace & Blessings!

  • Doc_wonderful
    Posted at 16:28h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    1000 thanks. Appreciate the share. Shouts to Mr. Moo!

  • Alvis Edgar
    Posted at 19:41h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    Thank you both, Nikos and Mr Moo, you’re making this blog the Real Soul Heaven

  • yodasbestmate
    Posted at 20:40h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    always on point – much love nikos and props to the moo man… the funk phenomenon goes on and on and on…..

    ybm

  • W
    Posted at 21:51h, 24 June 2008 Reply

    This is a rare one! Thanks.

  • oak
    Posted at 01:12h, 25 June 2008 Reply

    awesome post. the lady is a dynamite. so grateful nikos & Mr.moo.

  • Eva
    Posted at 07:14h, 25 June 2008 Reply

    How do I get an invitation to the What Da Funk blog? Thanks Eva

  • FEAR
    Posted at 10:33h, 25 June 2008 Reply

    Great album- thanks a million dude.

  • hotty
    Posted at 10:49h, 25 June 2008 Reply

    Many thanks for this rare treasure. Any chance for the 2nd album?

  • hooch
    Posted at 13:15h, 25 June 2008 Reply

    Many thanks nikos & mr moo for this gem – Thanks Guys!!!

  • vinc
    Posted at 15:56h, 25 June 2008 Reply

    Perfect guys! i’m so impressed by this post. I like Kim so much.. Is the 2nd one available?

  • Kizza
    Posted at 16:31h, 25 June 2008 Reply

    Superb post! Mr.Moo – thank you from the bottom of my heart! Can’t wait to listen to it – sounds like it’ll be right up my alley!

  • Rich
    Posted at 20:00h, 25 June 2008 Reply

    Mr. Moo wow what an amazing album thanx for this rare gem.

  • Mr. Moo
    Posted at 20:35h, 25 June 2008 Reply

    @tswift98 & Eva: what’s your addy?

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 01:25h, 26 June 2008 Reply

    i have a link ([email protected]) for Kim Tolliver’s “Come and Get Me I’m ready”. Sorry guys but i don’t think is proper to post an album just released on CD. i have to respect the Record Company. But for those who want a link please place your mail here in the commets section or mail me directly ([email protected])and you’ll get it.

  • Eva
    Posted at 05:09h, 26 June 2008 Reply

    Mr. Moo I’m EvaDStruc at aol dot com. Thank you so much!

  • Dr. Derty
    Posted at 08:01h, 26 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks.

  • aggelo
    Posted at 10:20h, 26 June 2008 Reply

    A great share. amazing blog.

  • N.L.
    Posted at 12:45h, 26 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks. I love it. always good stuff.

  • daniel
    Posted at 13:03h, 26 June 2008 Reply

    super post. Kim’s voice is wonderful.

  • johnnie
    Posted at 21:46h, 26 June 2008 Reply

    thanks Mr. Moo, look forward to hearing this!

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 22:51h, 26 June 2008 Reply

    Nikos & Moo…just had to come back here and thank you guys properly once more – this album is SOOOO good! Have been playing it daily since I got it…just plain wonderful!

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    /Lafayette

  • Humboldt
    Posted at 19:05h, 27 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks so much for this lost gem.

  • BJK
    Posted at 21:26h, 27 June 2008 Reply

    As always. 1st class post.

  • Jmateo
    Posted at 04:31h, 28 June 2008 Reply

    DOPE!!!! Cheers for this one!

  • daniel S.
    Posted at 01:55h, 29 June 2008 Reply

    Never heard of this one…!!!Thx

  • Xenia
    Posted at 01:49h, 30 June 2008 Reply

    A Classic. a lost gem. Great!Great!Great!

  • Ricardo
    Posted at 14:24h, 30 June 2008 Reply

    Thanks to both of you for this rare gem

  • pedro
    Posted at 15:26h, 07 July 2008 Reply

    thank you mister moo only ever heard a coulpe of tracks of kim thanks for this

  • mr playa
    Posted at 00:20h, 14 July 2008 Reply

    great album many thanks …….excellent…..

  • oui
    Posted at 21:16h, 21 July 2008 Reply

    much appreciated rarity

  • Style
    Posted at 15:53h, 24 July 2008 Reply

    Man you rock guys this is some wicked music pure magic thanks for educating me.. Moo how can i get some knowledge from your blog bro?

    Thank you very much..
    Respect
    Stylez

  • Mr. Moo
    Posted at 11:41h, 16 August 2008 Reply

    What’s your addy, Stylez?

  • Eric Briggs
    Posted at 12:15h, 25 December 2008 Reply

    Hey Freddy Briggs is my grandmother oldest brother and I was trying to found some of his work. He worked under the name Coldwater Stone. An also if you could found some of his wife work. The Briggs family would be very thankful.

  • audie
    Posted at 17:08h, 11 February 2009 Reply

    Thanks so much Nikos and Mr. Moo really wonderful! Thanks for your work making the recordings of these artists available so knowledge of their artistry doesn’t disappear.

    -audie

  • Noelia
    Posted at 12:11h, 19 March 2009 Reply

    Thanks a lot!

  • tengoku from tokyo
    Posted at 14:34h, 30 April 2009 Reply

    Greeeeeeeeeat!!!
    But I think Her singles, not on any album, issued under a name Kim Tolliver are much greater.

  • brotherpete
    Posted at 21:22h, 30 September 2009 Reply

    Respect !!!

  • Dan
    Posted at 00:55h, 29 October 2009 Reply

    Big thanks to Mr Moo & Nikos for this great album.

  • Alex
    Posted at 21:59h, 04 January 2010 Reply

    look out Hi-Tek is about to sample this for new Reflection Eternal album and the chop/arrangement is no joke

  • Monte
    Posted at 11:08h, 23 July 2010 Reply

    Wow! I’ve been looking for and wanting to hear this for many many years. Had given up. Thanks!!

  • jknapper
    Posted at 07:58h, 27 November 2010 Reply

    Hi all, I have the original pressing of Passing Clouds in MINT condition going up for sale on eBay. It’s actually a WHITE LABEL PROMO as well, making it ever more rare than it already is – if that’s possible! It’s going up on eBay Sunday and will be there for a week, ending on December 5th at around 7pm PST. Good luck!

  • StrawberryFinn
    Posted at 18:27h, 24 April 2013 Reply

    Thank you Mr Moo and everybody who contributes to this amazing blog thank you very much !!!

  • steve in toronto
    Posted at 04:41h, 18 May 2016 Reply

    she is spectacular. THANK YOU for posting and keeping it live!

    steve

  • rich
    Posted at 20:15h, 24 August 2016 Reply

    thank you mr moo

  • Andee Latrice Caver
    Posted at 17:19h, 08 June 2019 Reply

    She was my grandmother. She was my fathers mother. My NaNa AKA Mamma Kim.

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