Gene Chandler

Mr. Big Shot / I Hate To Be The One To Say

Constellation : C-172 MANSHIP MINT

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  • Artist: Gene Chandler
  • A Side: Mr. Big Shot
  • B Side: I Hate To Be The One To Say
  • Label: Constellation
  • Format: 45s



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

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Chicago's Constellation label is a series littered with fabulous Northern Soul delights, some stand out way above the others. This Washington, D.C. and Chicago hybrid many consider its most potent Northern Soul moment of them all.
Ironically the flipside could be considered one of the label's challengers to that well earned crown. Two quintessential NS dancers back to back, both sides written by "Shrine" pupils Keni Lewis & Carl Kidd their inspirational lyrics meshed into a brass powered Sonny Sanders and Carl Davis collaboration, a Northern Soul juggernaut of immense magnitude is born.

Washington wisdom meeting Chicago charisma triggers a double explosion of real-deal foot-to-the-floor Northern Soul. Honkin' horns, mingle with Mike Terry-esque Baritone burps, vibes, split in two by an insane saxophone ambush. This is KITCHEN SINK Northern Soul cram-packed with all the instruments that arouse extreme dancefloor footwork and show-stopping all-niter gymnastics. A torrent of back-up power, carrying one of Soul's most authoritatively qualified lead vocals, cradled by a considerate male harmony chorus... a proper stomper to remind us what the "Northern Soul Sound" really is... an exciting journey into motivational escapism within an unparalleled world of music. So we could easily not even mention the flipside, couldn't we ignore it almost equal brilliance....

A simplistic "Eddie Foster" styled intro takes you by the hand leading you through a memorable Northern Soul dancer that is in it's own right, is again utterly exhilarating. I can only describe " I Hate To Be The One To Say" as Gene Chandler's second best Northern Soul offering...

Gene Chandler's two finest NS recordings both conjured up by Carl Kidd & Keni Lewis and saturated in "Shrine" qualities riding the Chicago muscle of Sonny Sanders & Carl Davis...

What's not to love.. ?

Condition Report


A Side

  • Title: Mr. Big Shot

    B Side

  • Title: I Hate To Be The One To Say
  • Year: 1966
  • City: Chicago, Illinois