Papa and the Utopians

Cry For Joy / Express To Utopia

Poizon : P.P. 2000

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  • Artist: Papa and the Utopians
  • A Side: Cry For Joy
  • B Side: Express To Utopia
  • Label: Poizon
  • Format: 45s



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

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A extremely sought after vocal-group Sweet Soul cult item from The Bay.

Jimmy McCracklin's wingman writes and produces this icy-cool Lowrider masterpiece that has been at the forefront on many "diggin' deeper" collectors conversations for several couple of decades. Very hard to acquire especially in playable condition. The last one I was lucky enough to find m any years ago, was in an unplayable states with badly worn labels.

So how refreshing today to meet a clean copy again, so I can wax-lyrical about this truly awesome ballad, arranged by local jazzman William Morrow.

The head-turning intro of a weeping man "Crying For Joy" because "Love's Gonna Find Me" lyrics which the lead falsetto takes off the scale! Backed up by a spectacular "Dells-worthy" flood of choruses from "The Utopias" So typically Bay Area with a rapping midway break quoting philosophic words of hope. The whole session glides from one peak to another, forming a mountain-range of superior vocals. Knitted so tight, so impeccable, your ears will be demanding another listen..

At this time my usually fertile brain fails me as I try and recall a more impressive vocal-group floater carrying this level of rarity.

Do not pass by this gem hardly ever come to market...

PS the innovative instrumental flipside will trigger interest from the obscure Jazz fans...

Condition Report

Two clean labels, vinyl reveals some light marks, but as you can hear it plays nice and clean, with only occasional very low-fi ticks that do not detract from the beauty of this exceptional song.

A Side

  • Title: Cry For Joy

    B Side

  • Title: Express To Utopia
  • Year: 1974
  • City: San Francisco, Cal