Bessie Banks

I Can't Make It (Without You Baby) / Need You

Verve: VS 563 DJ

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  • Artist: Bessie Banks
  • A Side: I Can't Make It (Without You Baby)
  • B Side: Need You
  • Label: Verve
  • Format: 45s



  • Vinyl Condition: M-
  • Label Condition: M-
  • Sleeve Condition: VG

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If there ever was any doubt in these pages constantly billing Bessie Banks as the "lost" Soul Diva that cruel fate took away from the public eye. And consequently stole a "Soul Angel" away from the catalogue of recordings that should have utilized that most magnificent of voices. Go validate our claim for the last time we present this double helping of her extreme talent.

3 years after disappointment of "Go Now" New York arrangers and producers were still striving to get this Soul Sister into the charts. Husband Tony May and the masterful Horace Ott guide Bessie through to thundering sessions that only the immortal Linda Jones could have hoped to equal. The slow mournful intro, is perfect for the monumental Bessie-boom to spring from. Drum-roll and Horace brings in the horns, Tony weaves in the vibes, guides the girl chorus, blaring brass builds and Bessie just gets stronger and stronger. The sound of New York, the Big City Build-up compliments this lady's uncompromising needs as she delivers an avalanche of emotion whilst out-performing the whole orchestra with that almighty voice.

Big play in the early days of Cleethorpes Pier for "Poke" always a DJ for the dramatic Soul tune... and always good for an understatement as he said to me, the b-side ain't bad either.

Flip it over, to hear yet another testament of "Diva" status, an unquestionable validation, as the simplistically titled "Need You" grabs you by the balls and drags you into her palpable pain, desperation and need.

There you have it, one of the greatest Sister voices of all time, no album, no hits, although "Go Now" did have her brushing fame in 1964. But isn't that why we all collect, desire and continually seek out Soul recordings. They are heart rendering reminders of lost talents, missed chances, twists of fate all brought home by magnificent voices and tumultuous productions..

After listening to these two Bessie-broadsides, resist this 1967 British Pink & Silver demo is you can..

Condition Report

Two clean labels, immaculate unblemished as-good-as-it-gets vinyl, housed in a rather tired birth-sleeve.

A Side

  • Title: I Can't Make It (Without You Baby)

    B Side

  • Title: Need You
  • Year: 1967
  • City: United KIngdom