Gentleman June Gardner

It's Gonna Rain / Last Night

Emarcy : E-4050

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  • Artist: Gentleman June Gardner
  • A Side: It's Gonna Rain
  • B Side: Last Night
  • Label: Emarcy
  • Format: 45s



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

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Huge dancefloor motivator!

This New Orleans Jazz troop, along with band leader Gentleman June Gardner, features some very familiar names to the Northern Soul scene. George Davis on guitar, Walter Booker on bass, Gentleman June Gardner on drums, with the great NS contributor Wardell Quezergue guiding proceedings. The gang intelligently rework Sonny & Cher's all but forgotten flipside to "I Got You Babe" transforming "It's Gonna Rain" into a momentous bombardment of horns, cascading over pulsating percussion provided by Gentleman June himself; whilst a scything saxophone pumps out shrill aerial notes, then brilliantly trading them for rich low-blow burping sax prompts.

The whole thing welds together seamlessly, into a killer jazzy Northern Soul delight that has been packing the floors the UK, its throbbing presence impossible to ignore. A current floor-filler of immense popularity..

Records like this are one of reasons the Northern Soul sound is impossible to define, whilst simultaneously making NS unpredictability, one of the strengths that keep this scene so vibrant...

Really so very cool, so very addictive, everybody loves this New Orleans march to the Northern Soul drum..

On the flipside the gathering, rework the Memphis instrumental anthem "Last Night" in Crescent City big band style, that doesn't work so well, but the addictively brilliant "It's Gonna Rain" more than makes up for it a 100 times over..

Condition Report

Two flawless labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl

A Side

  • Title: It's Gonna Rain

    B Side

  • Title: Last Night
  • Year: 1966
  • City: New Orleans, La