Billi Welles and the Outer Realm Unlimited

Date With Destiny / Trying To Keep From Crying

Mercede : JM 3000

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  • Artist: Billi Welles and the Outer Realm Unlimited
  • A Side: Date With Destiny
  • B Side: Trying To Keep From Crying
  • Label: Mercede
  • Format: 45s



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

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This colourful independent label is from an unlikely source, a relocated (from Connecticut) husband and wife team, now residents of sunny Florida, craft an obscure vocal-group stepper, backed up by a Norman Whitfield inspired Funker. Two impressive sides...

Both, well worthy of its growing reputation among scholars of the classier obscure rare-soul creations. The a-side fast becoming an essential soulful stroller after exposure at such highly regarded events like "Color One Tear Black" from hugely respected, investigative DJ's like Jim Edwards, Thierry J Cochet etc. This captivating style of the mournful outlook, delivered by seamless harmony vocals over an imaginative arrangement is a style that's really taking hold across Europe. Premiership soulful harmony that demands your attention.

But this 45 is much more than a one-side wonder. The flipside borrows heavily from Norman Whitfield innovation that completely changed the course of The Temptations style. "Trying To Keep From Crying" incorporates all those successful ingredients. Fuzz guitar displays of the highest calibre support, gliding psychedelic voices, as they soar high on the intricate funky arrangement.

You would expect an attempt by a white married couple supporting their daughter's (Nancy Mercede) musical ambitions, would steer away from Motown's most-innovative style of success, for something slightly easier to replicate than Norman Whitfield's genius. But no, they reproduced the vocal-group "Psyche sound" brilliantly without flaw or pause. This is top-drawer 1971 vocal group Funk that either The Undisputed Truth or The Temptations themselves would have been happy to put their name to.

Two sides of real-deal turn-of-the-decade Soul, avant-garde, effective and memorable, that many of the worlds visionary Soul Jocks are sourcing to improve their sets with.

Condition Report

Two mint labels, full gloss vinyl revealing only the merest sleeve storage blemish, when angled in the light. Both sides play flawless (listen)

A Side

  • Title: Date With Destiny

    B Side

  • Title: Trying To Keep From Crying
  • Year: 1971
  • City: Mercede Building, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33306