Try / Vehicle

Talent Scout: 105

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  • Artist: Maze
  • A Side: Try
  • B Side: Vehicle
  • Label: Talent Scout
  • Format: 7"



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

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We do enjoy listing the obscure, mysterious 45s. Here's two RARE inventive fusions of Soul/Funk/Garage from an undocumented group "The Maze" from Nashville, who could be the same gathering as the Calla band, as they also covered a Jerry Ragovoy song in 1968. But we can't say for sure they are, as the links are tenuous.

We with a deconstruction of Jerry Ragovoy's 1968 composition for Lorraine Ellison, Lorraine's original version to "Try" is a bluesy/deep soul affair, whilst The Maze liven up proceedings with a meaty bass guitar on the intro., followed by constant blasting barrage of brass, whilst incorporating a nice level of psyche keeping it all very edgy and inventive.

It seems the other side "Vehicle" is also causing some ripples amongst "Funk" DJs and collectors, another fine cover-version; this time the band rework Jim Peterich's "Ides Of March" 1970 funker for Warner Bros.... and what a fine version it is too, again liberally dressed with triumphant horns, elevating the snarling lead vocal to the next level.

It matters not which side you drop the arm on, you are treated to a fanfare of horns supporting a roaring gnarl vocal with a huge studio presence. This tiny Nashville independent did well bring a production heavy-weight to guide this local band, Nashville legend Charlie Louvin summons a storm... both sides.

Condition Report

Two clean labels, full gloss Mint minus vinyl.

A Side

  • Title: Try

    B Side

  • Title: Vehicle
  • Year: 1970
  • City: Talent Scout Productions, 728 16th. Avenue South, Nashville, Tennessee