- Artist: Lovers
- A Side: Without A Doubt
- B Side: One Way To Love
- Label: Frantic
- Format: 45s
San Francisco entrepreneur/talent scout /manager/producer Arvey Andrews, having watched The Emotions in local Frisco clubs, took these popular 5 guys from a Northern California Deal Air station into the studio, hoping to turn them into local high-flyers. Recording first of all as The Emotions on his Vardan labels, quickly changing their name to "The Lovers". When lawyers pointed out there was already a male vocal-group "The Emotions" recording and releasing 45s for 20th Century Fox.
"Love Of A Girl" c/w "Do This For Me" Arvy quickly recorded and released a new b-side to couple with "Do this for me" b/w "someone" on the Gate label enlisting the seasoned experience of Arthur Wright from L.A. . Today both highly prized double siders of fine vocal group Northern Soul on their first local labels. With "Do this for me" b/w "someone" achieving national release through Philips in 1966.
But before you today is Arvey's most-wanted least seen 45, giving up two staggeringly fine examples of Rare Soul on the highly regarded "Frantic" label, an imprint just littered with highly collectable 45 from local bands from all over California. The Lovers consisted of James Gregory, Danny Saunders, Melvin Williams, McHenry Otis, and Robert Coleman. James Gregory & Danny Saunders were the lyricists behind both the Frantic recordings.
"Without A Doubt" is high-octane foot to the floor proper Northern Soul blasting horns, battering-ram percussion, interchanging lead vocals, burping brass intrusions and an insane trumpet solo welding all parts together. Soaring vocals riding a torrent of explosive instrumentation - PROPER NORTHERN SOUL - the real deal sitting in the exclusive category of unparalleled Northern Soul.
Flip it over - different tastes could argue "One Way To Love" is the superior recording, a festival of vocal group harmony excellence. The guys display their tight accord with a precisely constructed stroller, showcasing soaring vocals that change pitch at will. sympathetic horns gently cradle the voice and simplistic drumming rolls out the pace.
The Emotions The Lovers did not fade there they went to to become The Pacesetter for Willie Hoskins label Boola-Boola, moving to Liberty's national vehicle Minit Records then back to the bay with a solitary 45 on Berkeley's Fantasy label.
Such a talented gathering, with Frantic 2134 being by far and away their finest moment if you are a stalker of ultra-rare 45's.
Condition ReportTwo totally clean promo labels (see impressive images), both sides of the vinyl carry multiple light surface marks, giving up light pops and ticks along the way. The music dominates on both sides (listen)
- Title: Without A Doubt
- Title: One Way To Love
- Year: 1965
- City: San Francisco, Calif