Reuben & Alfonso Ramos

Slip Away / You Can Make It If You Try

Capri Records : CA-130 DJ

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  • Artist: Reuben & Alfonso Ramos
  • A Side: Slip Away
  • B Side: You Can Make It If You Try
  • Label: Capri Records
  • Format: 45s



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

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A listing for those of you who read this Blog/Auction every week in the hope of encountering something weird, wonderful and decidedly rare. Well how bout this delicious hideously rare piece Tex-Mex Soul from Dallas.

Reuben Ramos takes Jimmy Hughes's classic Muscle Shoals statement, giving it an uplift raising the pace from a pleading ballad, into a mid-paced Northern Soul cruiser. Staying true to the authenticity to Alabama Southern Soul but lifting the pace, adding extra horns, bringing the guitar upfront for full effect. It is rare indeed for a Muscle Shoals classic to be bettered by anyone, but the Ramos's delivers a killer take on the MS anthem. The accomplish "Southern" guitar opening gives way to an on his knees plea for his girl to slip away late at night for an illicit meet up. His desire is palpable his voice stretching out in yearning... drenched in Soul, portrayed by a aching need.

Vocally superb, instrumentally authentic.. a very rare tune by two "unknown" Texas Soul Boys.

Flipside is a Deep Soul conversation of Gene Allison's Vee Jay recording "You Can Make It If You Try" perhaps Ted Jarrett's most telling composition. Reuben & Alfonso craft a very convincing remake, utilizing beseeching horns, whirling Hammond decorated by considerate guitar picking. A killer Deep Soul update with the same redeeming features as the a-side, these guys from Texas have distilled Soul running through their veins...

A dog-rare disc, giving up two great sides.

Condition Report

Full gloss vinyl revealing on the merest storage hairlines, both sides play mint...Two clean and very attractive labels, a-side label has a tiny nimble nibble area just left of the text "Slip" see images. Flipside label is flawless

A Side

  • Title: Slip Away

    B Side

  • Title: You Can Make It If You Try
  • Year: 1969 ?
  • City: 3521-B McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204