Patterson Twins – 1978 – Let Me Be Your Lover

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Rare Modern  Soul  Holy  Grail.

I had no idea of this record since i noticed that it was sold for 620 bucks on ebay recently and as you can see here never sold less than 350.

It contains “Gonna Find A True Lover” a  brilliant 70’s modern soul dancer an extended album version with it’s saxophone break that builds to a climax during the final 60 seconds. Nice ballads and disco – flavoured  songs make it “a must “ for every soul fan.

A1. Let Me Be Your Lover 5.28
A2. He’s A Looser 5.45
A3. How Long Must The Show Go On 5.22
A4. A Good Thing 2.34
B1. Gonna Find A True Love 5.20
B2. Funk Machine 3.15
B3. You Give Me Someone To Love 4.00
B4. Disco Dream 5.08

Review by Trakbuv

“Date: 9th December, 1946, a mother from Magee, Mississippi is in labour bearing twins – with Estus bolding venturing into the outside world just 15 minutes before his sibling Lester.  And so the Patterson Twins are born.  They cut their baby teeth on a traditional Church upbringing, eventually becoming part of the gospel group, the ‘Southern Sons’.  They then broke away to establish themselves as a duo under the imaginative title, ‘Soul Twins’.  After graduating from High School, they moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, but continued to travel back to neighbouring Jackson, Mississippi to attend a Mid-South Revue during the period of 1968-69.  That migrational behaviour eventually paid off as they were spotted by Hense Powell, who subsequently put them on his show among the likes of Dorothy Moore.

As the Soul Twins, they recorded several singles under the Big Beat banner (based in Greenville, Mississippi) during 1972, before joining Star Fox Enterprises using the revised title of ‘The Patterson Twins’.    Again, several 45s emerged from this tenure, this time on King Records, one of which is included on the LP presented here (the track ‘A good thing’). Also around this time (1973) they recorded the wonderful two-step groover ‘I need love’ on Malaco records, that wasn’t released until 1976.  They then signed up to Commercial Records based in Nashville, Tennessee, and the fruits of those sessions are presented here.

On the lead title track, a deceptive funky intro suddenly transforms into glitzy, popcorn disco, a blatant reminder of the 70s disco era at its peak.  A free-flowing guitar on the exit was a nice surprise on this one.  Next up, with warning rhymes like ‘loser’, ‘uptown cruiser’ and ‘woman user’, we have the tell-tale signs of a bitter man. ‘He’s a loser’ has a warm, striking arrangement – my pick of the ballads.  That warm soulful sauce continues onto ‘How long must the show go on’, a delightful ode to love turned sour that is delivered with tenderness by the brothers, and possesses a curious sing-a-long chorus.  Then it’s a wonderful time-escalator ride to the cusp of the 70s complete with monophonic sound, ‘A good thing’ is something Don Covay would have been proud to be involved in (and is a result of the aforementioned Star Fox sessions).  Swinging, honest-to-goodness grits that is a positive joy from the first note, it is however far too short and left me demanding an encore !  Side Two signs on with the unrelenting ‘Gonna find a true love’, a crisp pulsating melody that is rightly a club classic, and busy enough to command its 5.19 minutes running time.  Wonderful.  We are then greeted with some drag-funk in ‘Funk machine’, with snarling over-dubbed vocals and retorting horns, this is a very competent and fun escapade.  ‘You give me someone to love’ was another single lifted from the LP, a bluesy joint with a sombre violin adding fragility to the message, and I was reminded of Don Covay again on this one.  Not bad at all.  For the final cut with a title like ‘Disco dream’, I was expecting to be blinded by the bright spangle of the boogie, but no ! This is a midtempo offering that plays like an inferior version of Hot Chocolate’s ‘Emma’ (itself a brilliant record by the way).

What we have here is a record that appears to pre-date its release, and to have been complimented with some disco-flavoured tracks to make it more contemporary.  As such, there is a rich seam of soul that runs through it, intertwining effortlessly betwixt funk, balladry, or dance.”

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  • Traj
    Posted at 22:28h, 30 January 2009 Reply

    I’ve been lucky enough to have the 7″ for a while now but knowing that there was a longer version that I had never even heard was making me crazy. FINALLY!!!! You’ve outdone yourself.

  • Donoso
    Posted at 23:53h, 30 January 2009 Reply

    1 word:


    Keep ’em coming Nikos!

  • Redddox
    Posted at 00:16h, 31 January 2009 Reply

    Hi Nikos, thank you very much for the album version of the awesome modern soul dancer “Gonna Find a true love”. I only had the 7” version that’s on the Soul Spectrum compilation. That break was really nice.

    Thanks again! Peace /Redddox

  • Redddox
    Posted at 00:31h, 31 January 2009 Reply

    BTW , there is a little annoying jump @4.57 into that song, if it´s due to the rip and not the record, please re-record when you have time… I wouldn’t care if the song wasn’t so brilliant. Thanks.

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 01:17h, 31 January 2009 Reply

    Redddox, please mail me [email protected]

  • manny
    Posted at 03:27h, 31 January 2009 Reply

    thanks for posting

  • hooch
    Posted at 03:55h, 31 January 2009 Reply

    Thank You Nikos!

  • Funkish Bass
    Posted at 08:34h, 31 January 2009 Reply

    Bravo Nikos,
    This LP is hot!
    Keep up the excellent work

  • Sam
    Posted at 12:51h, 31 January 2009 Reply

    Never heard of them but they are great!

  • k02
    Posted at 14:36h, 31 January 2009 Reply


  • andrea
    Posted at 21:15h, 31 January 2009 Reply

    what a brilliant rare record. Amazing site.

  • Kelly
    Posted at 21:29h, 31 January 2009 Reply

    oh, thank you nikos!

  • Paul
    Posted at 00:21h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    Many thanks for this groovy stuff.

  • Chris-T
    Posted at 02:12h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    Good one, thanks.

  • invisiblenigma
    Posted at 02:31h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    Great Bio Trakbuv! I can’t wait to hear this Gem! Much Thanks Nikos and Trakbuv!

  • Christiano
    Posted at 13:43h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    Thanks for another rare treat.

  • Eddie
    Posted at 13:49h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    Thanks nikos. Love the twins, always excited to hear the album.

  • phatrapper
    Posted at 16:27h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    Thanks for posting Nikos!!

  • quas
    Posted at 17:09h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    thank you!!

  • Keith
    Posted at 18:43h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    That’s incredible. I’ve never heard it before. Thanks for sharing that with us.

  • alex
    Posted at 19:51h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    many thaks nikos for this great drop!

  • JTF
    Posted at 23:09h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    I didn’t even know of this gem!

  • Jimmy
    Posted at 23:32h, 01 February 2009 Reply

    Respect. Hugh excellent collection of records.

  • Erik
    Posted at 00:53h, 02 February 2009 Reply

    Excellent Nikos! I’ve been searching for this record for a long time and now I can finally listen to it thanks to you. Keep up the good work!

  • Diego
    Posted at 10:19h, 02 February 2009 Reply

    Nice one, thanks so much.

  • Vic
    Posted at 14:28h, 02 February 2009 Reply

    Yeah!!!! Great find.

  • LaurenS
    Posted at 19:53h, 02 February 2009 Reply

    keep doing ya thing, props for this!

  • J2X
    Posted at 21:24h, 02 February 2009 Reply

    thanks 4 this gem

  • Paul
    Posted at 02:31h, 03 February 2009 Reply

    Thanks her of any of these tracks other than the single, Thank you for sharing

  • Carlos Alberto
    Posted at 10:37h, 03 February 2009 Reply

    i would like to say that you do an absolutely great job ! i love this kind of music…funk and soul 70’s.

  • Lafayette
    Posted at 17:14h, 03 February 2009 Reply

    Hey Nikos! Great post as always! This album is way to good to have that low-res cover…so I just mailed you the one I got! The album itself is one of my personal favourites, which has been in my possesion now for over 20 years (long before it became all that

    Keep up the great work…and that goes for your entire “staff” (Trackbuv, MsMerising, Groovy E etc)…I mean, who doesn’t enjoy a daily visit to this fountain of timeless music!


  • nikos1109
    Posted at 20:30h, 03 February 2009 Reply

    Hey Laf! Thank you so much! I do not own the LP. who can spend more than 350$ nowadays?
    And i have the pleasure to inform ya all that legendary 4Brothers Beats blog will be back very soon!!!! That’s really great news!!!

  • rich
    Posted at 21:39h, 03 February 2009 Reply

    thank u for this wonderful patterson twins album

  • Astral Pro
    Posted at 04:48h, 04 February 2009 Reply

    Thanks again Nikos

  • Redddox
    Posted at 14:35h, 04 February 2009 Reply

    Lafayette, do you mind re-ripping “gonna find a true love” from your album? 😉 That would be great… as i pointed out there is a little jump towards the end in the file nikos gave us, no big deal but since the song is sooooo good I care. peace

  • nikos1109
    Posted at 15:47h, 04 February 2009 Reply

    Redddox, i also mail to Laf and here his reply

    Hehehehe…yeah….I would have posted it on the 4BB blog a long time
    ago if it wasn’t for it’s poor poor quality…I’ve played it to pieces
    – two decades worth of party work does that to a fragile LP!

    I was actually very happy to download the rip you posted, so that I
    could enjoy once more…without skips and scratches! :¬)

    I’ll check that track in particular but I’m almost certain that the
    one you posted beats my copy!

  • Redddox
    Posted at 03:29h, 05 February 2009 Reply

    Thanks for the info, Nikos. Let’s wait and see what happens. 🙂

  • Groovy Emmanuel
    Posted at 12:55h, 06 February 2009 Reply

    Imagine yourself onto a floating boat fighting good to some strong waves of uptempo groovers under a clean blue sky of some nicely calm ballads. An excellent training to keep the balance, an excellent choice and a yet again over the top review by Trakbuv…

  • Rob [My Favourite Sound Equipe]
    Posted at 23:48h, 10 February 2009 Reply

    Hi Nikos, thank you for this great album. Greetings from Rome

  • Daidodread
    Posted at 11:30h, 11 February 2009 Reply

    Thank you you make my day !!!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 14:16h, 23 February 2009 Reply

    thanks for this still an awsome site thanks nikos

  • Liam
    Posted at 08:50h, 27 February 2009 Reply

    Unknown to me, thx for keeping and I look forward (hopefully) to a non-skip dload 🙂

  • ChrisPatterson
    Posted at 05:24h, 14 April 2009 Reply

    wow this gives me reason to be proud of my dad..

  • TL
    Posted at 04:00h, 06 June 2009 Reply


    Thanks again!

  • Geewiz
    Posted at 03:13h, 12 July 2009 Reply

    Thanks, Nikos!!!!

  • biliaCignar
    Posted at 16:43h, 12 July 2009 Reply

    Вы не правы. Я уверен. Могу отстоять свою позицию. Пишите мне в PM, обсудим.
    Мне кажется это замечательная мысль

  • nik
    Posted at 06:29h, 23 April 2015 Reply

    i’m on this site getting an education in music — never heard of this duo but i’m looking fwd to listening. appreciate all of the knowledge you all provide.

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