- Artist: Cashmeres
- A Side: Back To School Again
- B Side: I Ain't Coming Back
- Label: Hubba Hubba
- Format: 45s
A silky-smooth double helping of 60's gliding group-harmony from Washington, D. C. two off-the-scale rarities from the desk of the late great Freddie Perrin, a master of the mids-60s vocal group sound. Remembering his session with "The Moments - "Baby I Want You" on Hog or indeed his other Cashmeres session "Showstopper" on Hem. All three from the same time and place. This example being by far their rarest of the three.
For me it's difficult to choose the side we lead with, both sides written by E. H. Jefferson, the creative pen on all six Cashmeres recordings. But my bias nominates the sleek mid-tempo recording "Back To School Again" because of the social message within. This 45 gives up a narrative of a young man working so hard in school, to pass his exams; a social message to young Afro-americans to go to school and work hard. Echoing the White House agenda from vice-president Hubert Humphrey and the President Lyndon B. Johnson following civil right act of 1964. 1965 was a big year for soul recordings "messaging" the importance of working hard at school.
Now listen to mid-sixties street-level neighborhood vocal group harmony from the Capital at its purist, considered by vocal-group scholars as a Grail.
Flip it over for the grittier, Northern Soul mid-tempo groove portraying male defiance to walk to walk away from love. A defiance that would serve Freddie Perrin well, 13 years later when he crafted the world best seller for ""Girl" defiance when Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" became a worldwide hit that is still considered a GIrl-anthem today.
So listen to Freddie beginnings with "I Ain't Coming Back" a classy Northern Soul floater with edge. . doubling up with a sublime example of 1965 vocal-harmony Soul that is so sought after both sides of the Atlantic.
Condition ReportTwo lightly worn light blue labels, but free of any writing or tears. All text clear and legible, see imaqes. The vinyl on "Back To School Again" carries multiple surface marks but plays well, c=check out the soundfile lifted directly off this disc (vg+). The other side "I Ain't Coming Back" is more heavily marked at (vg) but again plays well. music dominates with any soft background ticks not distracting from the tune itself. A super rare 45 I've only seen once before and tat copy was in the same used condition. a record so rare, it transcends OCD condition requirements.
- Title: Back To School Again
- Title: I Ain't Coming Back
- Year: 1965
- City: Washington, D.C.