Chosen Few

Message From a Black Man / Am I Black Enough?

Trojan : TR 7894

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  • Artist: Chosen Few
  • A Side: Message From a Black Man
  • B Side: Am I Black Enough?
  • Label: Trojan
  • Format: 45s

Condition

Condition

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

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Description


Description

We flip the sides over, to highlight a truly magnificent song, and one of it's finest versions of it.

Norman Whitfield's magnificent plea for social justice, first portrayed by The Temptations on the highly acclaimed "Puzzle People" album. Later in 1970 immortalized by The Spinners on their V.I.P. single. With The Whatnauts, The Natural Four etc also in unanimous approval of Norman Whitfield poignant lyrics, cutting their own versions.

The same year 1970 the messaged was echoed in Jamaica by The Heptones, Derrick Harriott, LLoyd Charmers, Prince Buster etc. A song that highlighted the struggle of the black man in 1970.

On this 1973 Derrick Harriott revisits this anthem, to produce a rhythmic version, that many consider one of it's finest attempt to frame the "Black Man's" struggle that still goes on today. Out-tempting the "Temps" surely not.. but you will find it impossible to fault the vocal prowess displayed on this session - the message comes through loud and clear on a wave after wave of mesmerizing, dazzling vocal harmonzing.

The original a-side is also something to take notice of also, "Am I Black Enough?" a Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, a Wah-Wah driven dance tune with another strong though provoking message.

Two great sides, a 1973 British press that's very hard to acquire in decent condition - this copy is immaculate throughout.




Condition Report

two unblemished labels, 4 prong centre intact. vinyl is a magnificent full gloss mint minus. as good as it gets for this near 40 year old.

A Side

  • Title: Message From a Black Man

    B Side

  • Title: Am I Black Enough?
  • Year: 1973
  • City: United Kingdom

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