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Various - Takin Care Of Business - RSD 10 x 45rpm boxset - Vam
[LP Takin box]


East LA is much more than an area located east of the Los Angeles River. Inhabited almost exclusively by Chicanos with their own way of life, there is not enough space allotted here to explain the East LA culture. Suffice it to say that back in the 60s, lowriders cruised Whittier Boulevard in old Chevys that had been customized so much that they looked as if they were from outer space yet only sit a few inches from the ground. They needed a soundtrack and it was provided by local groups like Thee Midniters, Cannibal & the Headhunters, The Blendells, The Premiers, The Ambertones and dozens others. These bands would play high school dances, union hall parties and supermarket openings; anywhere they could get a group of teenagers together and make some noise. There was a market for Chicano music ever since Richie Valens struck with ‘Come On, Let’s Go’ in 1957. In the 60s, East LA garages, where the bands rehearsed, were mined by record companies searching for the new sounds. Each of the bands could excel at ballad singing, as well as hard-hitting, Rolling Stones-influenced rock & roll and highly authentic soul music. One of the movers and shakers of this scene was a fellow named Eddie Davis, who started his Faro label around 1958. Faro issued mostly pop-oriented records, but also Richie Valens-influenced rockers like ‘So You Want To Rock’ by Chick Carlton & The Majestics. Davis formed other labels as well, like Linda and Rampart. Davis’ music enterprises really took off in 1964, when ‘La La La La’ by The Blendells, ‘Farmer John’ by The Premiers and ‘Land Of 1000 Dances’ by Cannibal & The Headhunters all became hits. All three songs were licensed to larger companies: Warner Bros, Reprise and Date, respectively. This compilation consists of tracks from Eddie Davis’ family of labels and it is evidence of the wonderful music that was made at that place, at that time, with a solid emphasis on the groove. R&B was always very important on the East Side. One of the primo music venues in the area was the El Monte Legion Stadium, which featured such fabulous acts as Don & Dewey, The Penguins, Chuck Higgins, Marvin & Johnny, Johnny Otis and Johnny “Guitar” Watson. Local musicians dug the shows and just about every East LA band covered the top soul hits in their live acts. Nearly every song in this box set reflects that influence. The included recordings by Sarah James & The Soul Babies, Thee Enchantments, The Majestics and Sammy Lee are among the finest soul records ever recorded, however they are never acknowledged in books about the genre. One of the best R&B records cut for Faro was ‘Tracy (All I Have Is You)’ – a cool, Ray Charles-influenced stormer – by a young Barry White (his first record) backed by The Atlantics. Also featured herein are some fine, fine, super fine party records: Little Ray’s ‘Come Swim With Me’, The Atlantics’ ‘Beaver Shot’ and The Blendells’ ‘Huggies Bunnies’ are among them. They liked to rock on the East Side, that’s for sure, and three of the tracks included here – those by The Romancers, The Premiers and Sunday Funnies – have enough beat, snarl and fuzz-toned guitars to count as garage/punk in anybody’s book. No serious East LA compilation of music would be complete without a romantic soul ballad. Dig ‘One Like Mine’ by The Salas Brothers with The Jaguars. PLUS, the totally grease-i-fied version of ‘Crystal Blue Persuasion’ by The Invincibles, a soul trio that had been kicking around LA for at least five years (with singles on WB & Loma) before it covered the Tommy James hit in 1969. Davis continued his operations into the early 70s with Gordo. Many of the songs recorded for this label exuded new-found Chicano pride, such as ‘Via Tirado’ by El Chicano and especially the two included here by Willie G with Six Pack and Two Tons of Love. Soon after, Eddie Davis lost interest in the music business. However, music lovers have most definitely NOT lost interest in the music Eddie Davis recorded. Here are 20 songs jam-packed with the grease and the grit – and mostly the soul – of East LA.

1A –The Atlantics Beaver Shot
1B –The Blendells Huggie's Bunnies

2A –Barry White & The Atlantics Tracy (All I Have Is You)
2B –Little Ray Come Swim With Me

3A –Ron Holden Girl I Love You
3B –The Mixtures Poochum

4A –The Pageants Big Daddy
4B –Sarah James & The Soul Babies Takin' Care Of Business

5A –The Enchantments I'm In Love With Your Daughter (Part 1)
5B –The Salas Bros. with The Jaguars One Like Mine

6A –The Majestics (I Love Her So Much) It Hurts Me
6B –Sammy Lee It Hurts Me

7A –The Four Tempos Come On Home
7B –The Invincibles Crystal Blue Persuasion

8A –Willie G with The Six Pak Brown Baby
8B –Two Tons Of Love Brown And Beautiful

9A –Thee Royal Checkmates Get Out Of My Life Woman
9B –Sunday Funnies Watcha Gonna Do (When The Dance Is Over)

10A –The Romancers Love's The Thing
10B –The Premiers Get On This Plane

This product was added to our catalogue on Wednesday 02 May, 2018.


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