Kenny Shepard

What Difference Does It Make / Try To Understand

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  • Artist: Kenny Shepard
  • A Side: What Difference Does It Make
  • B Side: Try To Understand
  • Label: Maxx
  • Format: 45s



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

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MANSHIP MINTS and it's 11 months to Christmas !

Beat Ballad Heaven not once but twice over, as it matters not on which side the arm is dropped on, the result is the same; Van McCoy genius floods your senses.

As if there was ever any doubt that Van McCoy is just the greatest creator of rare Soul delights, this song confirms his mastery of the big production. Taking Kenny Shepard's gilded vocal and gently lacing it through a mood-
changing production.

The NS anthem of missed chances, lost opportunities, hesitation and dashed dreams. Kenny's saturated in regret vocal, transmitting a tidal wave of remorse on the back of skyward soaring strings. McCoy during his short life rose to become arguably the greatest exponent of the New York Beat Ballad with his singular work. Listen how he builds up a mountainous production, with a cocktail of girl-group choruses woven into a bank of strings. He was only 24 years of age when he crafted this masterpiece.

The voice was hand-picked for this, perhaps his most magnificent work, as Kenny Shepard's honeyed purring voice glides from one peak to the next.

Flip it over to hear Kenny confirm himself as one of the unsung truly great balladeers, as he meanders through the Latin flavoured "Try To Understand" with a consummate ease comparable with Jesse Belvin or Sam Cooke.

Two glorious songs that should come under the new category of "BEAST Ballad Heaven"..

Condition Report

A flawless copy, previously unplayed, housed in birth-sleeve, revealing only the merest sleeve storage hairlines under direct light, plays of course perfect!

A Side

  • Title: What Difference Does It Make

    B Side

  • Title: Try To Understand
  • Year: 1964
  • City: New York, N.Y.