Grand Prixs

Roar Of The Crowd / Lost Love

Tina : 1014


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  • Artist: Grand Prixs
  • A Side: Roar Of The Crowd
  • B Side: Lost Love
  • Label: Tina
  • Format: 45s



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

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Not the Calloway Bros team from Detroit, but a rare spring of 1966 Los Angeles production guided by two of the L.A.'s Soul scene's up and coming producers, Billy Revis and the gifted James Anthony Carmichael; with the added ingredient of the talented William Powell as co-writer. Between the three they conjure up not one but two towering slabs of vocal-group Northern Soul.

The a-side of course is a classy harmony dancer with a cult following; Magnificent vocals introduced by a potent bass guitar, followed by thundering horns from Revis's in-house "Counts Orchestra". The richly blended vocals fronted by a seamlessly slick beseeching lead, cradled by silky male choruses that range from highly pitched doo-wah falsettos to hovering aloft. Proper real deal neighborhood vocal-group Northern Soul, served up on a barrage of brass.

But this record's charms do not end there, hidden away on the flipside (the original a-side) is another Northern Soul winner, the currently overlooked "Lost Love" which also carries the same high-energy vocal group presence, riding a another "Counts Orch." brass laden arrangement which in my opinion is every note as good as "Roar" and to my knowledge has yet to break surface on the NS turntables, but is saturated in all the potential to turn heads..

Billy Revis label owner and mentor for such renowned L.A. Soul singers as Kell Osborn, Rosalind Madison, Arthur Lee even a Jimi Hendrix cameo. Billy Revis was into his 2nd year as label owner of his new labels venture. Assembling this mysterious male vocal group gathering, who never recorded again as far as we know), the team may well include any or all of the above mentioned contributors. Billy certainly believed in this song, this was his second attempt at a hit with it, his first outing was a version he recorded 6 releases before on Tina, using Albert Esberido and his Majestic Four as the vocalists; another Latino/Soul group who were a one 45 wonders.

Two great NS dancers from the street of Norwalk, that seldom comes to market.

Condition Report

Two clean label, strong gloss on vinyl, revealing only a few soft wispy hairlines when angled in the light, a strong clean excellent throughout.

A Side

  • Title: Roar Of The Crowd

    B Side

  • Title: Lost Love
  • Year: March 1966
  • City: 11311 East Imperial Highway, Norwalk, California