- Artist: Gloria Barnes
- A Side: Uptown
- B Side: You Don't Mean It (diff mix)
- Label: Maple
- Format: LPs
When you talk about the Real-Deal Soul Divas of the last century; Aretha Franklin, Linda Jones, Doris Duke, Belita Woods, Marva Whitney.. the rare vinyl performances from Gloria Barnes, that most of the world have yet to encounter; are right up there alongside and in some cases superior to those legendary Goddesses of Soul mentioned above. A solitary undisturbed listen to this album, completely qualifies that statement...
Gloria's vocal intensity will leave you breathless, in little doubt as to why this frustratingly elusive platter is considered by many as "THE" 60's Soul Sister album.
From searing, gut wrenching, eye-watering Deep Soul, to gutsy runaway-truck Northern Soul dance.. Gloria is just as comfortable with both styles, with her voice rising up crashing through and over previous bars set by other Soul Sisters; little wonder that Soul Scholars considers her one the very best voices ever committed to vinyl.
Click the soundfile, and prepare to be blown away..
1. You Don't Mean It - a totally different mix to the A&M single release, spectacular Northern Soul!
2. Gotta Get Away - a rattling good Northern Soul session, that has yet to break through to the NS audience
3. I Found Myself - Deep Soul from the abyss ... Gloria grabs you by the throat and leads you into a story of rescue from despair.
4. I'll Call You Back Later - every note as good as "You Don't Mean It" total domination by a lady, hurting from inside..
5. She Wants A Stand In - Killer horn saturated mid-tempo as Gloria convincingly tells her man that "That New Girl" down the block is not for him.
6. I'll Go All The Way - so very deep, even Dave Godin may have struggled to find the superlatives to give it justice.
Not recorded is the 7 minute 22 second journey into one of the greatest moments of Deep Soul ever recorded... so delicately torturous, leaving the listener is a state of wonderment. The lucky new owner will have the pleasure of pouring the drink of his choice in preparation of falling in love with one of the most formidable female singers of the last century... as Gloria draws you into her web of Soul.
What an album, a monumental testament to Soul and to the public's eternal shame that this lady did not become a worldwide superstar..
in a lifetime, opportunities to own this 1968 original album are few and far between...
Pass by and dice with eternal regret..
Condition ReportTwo perfect labels, vinyl surface reveals on the occasional hairline under close inspection. As you can here it plays beautifully.. cover has a discreet bb drill, light storage rub to the front. Free of writing, splits or tears. Check over the images provided
- Title: Uptown
- Title: You Don't Mean It (diff mix)
- Year: 1968
- City: new york, n.y.