Africa LP - Music From Lil BrownLabel: Ode Matrix Number: Z12 44010 [& B] Vinyl Wear Visual Grade: M- Pressing Quality: 8 / 8- Loudness of Vinyl: Average Condition of Jacket: EX- (gatefold cover with 1/16" hole punched
through the whole cover in upper right corner;
moderate wear to all edges & corners; mild
wear/soiling to front & rear surfaces, but almost
none to gatefold interior surfaces; some ring wear
at the top of rear cover ) PLEASE SCROLL DOWN TO THE RED PANEL BELOW TO VIEW GRADING STANDARDS Side One: Side Two: SOUND SAMPLES TAKEN FROM ACTUAL RECORD AT FLAT RESPONSE This is a rare original first pressing of the 1968 release "Music From Lil Brown" by the South Los Angeles-based group Africa, produced by Lou Adler (Mamas & Papas, Johnny Rivers, Barry McGuire, Scott McKenzie, The Grass Roots, Spirit, Carole King and Cheech and Chong) on his Ode label. With great luck, one can occasionally stumble across a copy of this wonderful and unique record in used record stores, at flea markets and on Ebay, but given the age of the album, obtaining a copy with the vinyl in superb condition like this one is like finding a phonograph needle in a haystack. It's a good quality pressing with low surface noise and only a few pops. I find it hard to believe that this one-of-a-kind record has never been reissued on CD. Some of the tracks have been posted as videos on YouTube and can be previewed in their entirety there. The tracks were recorded in the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles (the historical heart of L.A.'s African-American community) at the group's backyard home studio - - a small brown playhouse that group member Gary Pipkin had built for his kids, which they called "Lil Brown". The entire graphic design of the album is a take-off on The Band's 1968 debut album on Capitol, "Music From Big Pink". But the music is a far cry from Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson & company: this is a hard-to-categorize mostly-unplugged vocal group soul band with a latin flavor (great conga drumming!) that leans towards the psychedelic. Most of the tracks are fairly loose jams and you can tell that the group's having a blast. They cover four popular rock/pop songs mostly by white musicians/groups, but three other tunes are fine originals. One of them, the sublime "Here I Stand" was released as a mono single (a shorter radio-edit version), with "Widow" on the flip. It enjoyed brief airplay on West Coast soul radio, then sank without a trace, but not before I rushed out and snagged a still-cherished copy for myself! The members of Africa were Brice Coefield, the great Billy Storm (a.k.a. Billy Spicer, amazingly enough, uncredited here), Chester Pipkin, Chester's cousin Gary Pipkin, Ed Wallace and Freddie Wills. All are veteran vocalists from the 50's L.A. doo-wop scene and the first three were in the Valiants (who also went under many other names like the Untouchables, Alley Cats, Sabers, Gents, Chavelles, Del-Mars, Freedoms, and the Electras). While it is not clear which members played which instruments, it is more than likely that Chester Pipkin is the fine guitarist here. For more info on the Valiants, check here: /themes-valiants__1_-184943.html
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Side One 1. Paint It Black [Rolling Stones Cover]
2. Light My Fire [Doors cover]
3. Here I Stand (feat. Billy Storm on high tenor lead vocal) Side Two
1. Medley: Louie Louie / Ode To Billie Joe [Richard Berry/Bobbie Gentry covers]
3. Savin' All My Love
4. You Take Advantage Of Me
This record is from my personal collection; I'm not really a buy-and-sell-or-trade type of seller. Like much of my vinyl, I bought this record when it came out, played it a few times, reco...
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