I've Just Been Feeling Bad / Don't Fight It

T. C. B.: RI3166


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  • Artist: Groovers
  • A Side: I've Just Been Feeling Bad
  • B Side: Don't Fight It
  • Label: T. C. B.
  • Format: 45s



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

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A listing for those of you serious about their Soul ballads. Those foragers seeking out neighborhood street-level vocal-group steppers of quality and proven rarity.

A b-side of a recording we can imagine illuminating the small clubs and halls Virginia and the Carolina states, as the Groovers aimed their style at the Beach Music scene through the late 50's and 60's. Their penchant was certainly drawn from the "Stax/Atlantic" Memphis sound. The 45 leads with a Northern Soul version of Wilson Pickett's "Don't Fight It". With the five man gathering choosing another "Steve Cropper" composition with a silky version of Eddie Floyd's Deep Soul ballad "I've Just Been Feeling Bad". Unlike Eddie's version, producer Warren Harding Jr., brings in haunting girl-group choruses, swirling strings, considerate subtle horns building a landscape for the group's preference for soulful covers spring from. A difference style to Eddie's hardcore Memphis mournful horn driven Deep Soul classic.

This mysterious disc is by far the Groovers rarest recording, a 45 that never comes to market. A beautifully played out song of regret and remorse, with soften edges guilt and palpable sorrow. A fabulous ballad drenched in obvious potential for Sunday Chill-out days or Lowrider sets, seeking to expose the seriously obscure.

Relegated to the flipside of a raucous thumping NS dancer, in true classic "Memphis" mode. The Groovers are in destructive mood, calling up persistent muscular keyboard rhythms, blasting horns and stabbing saxophone; then it's all hands to the pump as they do Wicked Pickett's classic, more than justice.

Two great sides, a local recording, registering a total absence of any Discogs acknowledgements EVER! underlining this 45's beyond-rare status.

Check out the group only minor success when they covered William Bell's " Every Day will Be Like A Holiday" and "The Temptations - Ain't To Proud To Beg" with small local success in Virginia. With seemingly only two 45s on their home town label T. C. B.

If you like 'em ludicrously rare, this low-run Virginia indie from 1967 ticks all the boxes.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, revealing some soft storage wear but free of writing, stain, stickers or tears. Vinyl carries strong gloss, some some surface hairlines show when angled in the light. both sides play clean, as you will hear.

A Side

  • Title: I've Just Been Feeling Bad

    B Side

  • Title: Don't Fight It
  • Year: 1967
  • City: 417-B Pratt Street, Fredericksburgh, Virginia 22401