Rosbud / Isn't It Lonely

Carmen : CJS 1001

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  • Artist: Carmelita
  • A Side: Rosbud
  • B Side: Isn't It Lonely
  • Label: Carmen
  • Format: 45s



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

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In my opinion one of the greatest modern Soul discoveries this century, it maters not which side you drop arm onto. Delicious mood-changing Sister Soul steppers takes to the air. So exception I was having trouble deciding which side to list first, they are equally stupendous slices of L.A. independent Soul.

Willie Hoskins has delighted the Soul collector and dancer so many times before with his lush arrangements on Boola Boola etc. from his Bay Area, Oakland studio. This time he goes south to Los Angeles joining the equally talrented producer Jerry "Pynes" Pittman the pairing nailing two absolute beauties on one disc.

We lead with the side Jerry & Willie chose as the a-side "Rosebud", an excruciatingly pure Soul production saturated in "Just Like A Rosebud" "Carmelita sings of her man's power to refresh her emotions and her life. This session draws the same emotions out of me that "Color Him Father" did the first time I heard it. Inspiring, uplifting, joyous testament of recognition of another person making your life so much better. I've not heard this record in quite a few years, today it set off exactly the same emotions inside, it did 16 years ago.

Back in the early 00's it was world renowned Australian DJ "Miss Goldie" that knocked everyone sideways with her new discovery "Isn't It Lonely" not surprising as records of this quality rarely show themselves. Again Carmelita displays the same impassioned delivering supported by lavish choruses, a bank of swirling strings, cradle her beseeching delivery of her broken romance. Hitting the high notes with ease, her dismissal of her returning boyfriend is a truly a great monent in the annals of D.I.Y. modern Soul.

If today "MIss Goldie" was still the solitary owner of this disc, Soul Sam would be sleeping on Melbourne beach every night, banging on the lady's door for ownership. I believe no amount of money could have persuaded a sale of this doubly-delicious statement of Soulful Dance. Both sides just curl me up with delight!!

Condition Report

Two flawless label, immaculate vinyl. As good as it gets condition.

A Side

  • Title: Rosbud

    B Side

  • Title: Isn't It Lonely
  • Year: 1975
  • City: Los Angeles, Cal