Calvin Grayson

Love Just Begun / You've Got To Be Willing

In Records : In 6312

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  • Artist: Calvin Grayson
  • A Side: Love Just Begun
  • B Side: You've Got To Be Willing
  • Label: In Records
  • Format: 45s



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

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This snarling stomper I first heard played by the intrepid Blair Hayden at Cleethorpes Pier. Better known as the iconic DJ "Poke" a turntable revolutionary who always thought outside the box. This production didn't quite fit into the dancefloor rhythms of 1975 on the east coast. But in typical "Poke" single-mindedness for persisted playing this thumping slab of Bay Area Northern Soul. Eventually causing intense record-room-chatter within the glass-fronted dining room where everyone completely ignored the uninterrupted vista, of that scary power called an angry North Sea. Crashing against the stanchions of that hopefully sturdy pier.

Brilliantly constructed by label controller Ricardo Lewis, none of the Eddie Foster - I Never Knew - none of his piano subtly with this session. This time Ricardo goes all-out for a bludgeoning attack on the senses, Blaring brass, burping baritone sax open the gates for Calvin's "Niagara" level rumbling voice, bolstered by a muscular male vocal-group. With the middle passage delivery mouth opening magnificence whenm all the components converge with untold power raining down on the dancefloor!

PROPER REAL DEAL NORTHERN SOUL with an off-the-scale rarity reputation.

Today though, the string saturated flipside is triggering ripples of appreciation among the ranks, as "You've Got To Be Willing" becomes better known, courtesy of the worldwide web. Another overlooked flipside that never got considered in 1975 but sounds completely ideal for a head-turning spin in. Turntable voyeurs will jump to their feet..

Condition Report

This record would grade mint minus if it wasn't a lone soft scuff on the a-side that only reacts with the eye, NOT the stylus, if you listen intently there are a couple of low-fi, soft background pops lost in the power of the music 2/3rds through. Both labels are brilliantly glossy clean.

A Side

  • Title: Love Just Begun

    B Side

  • Title: You've Got To Be Willing
  • Year: 1967
  • City: Berkeley, California