Roosevelt Matthews with the Billy Ball & The Upsetters

You Got Me Diggin' You / Tighten Up

King : 45-6173

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  • Artist: Roosevelt Matthews with the Billy Ball & The Upsetters
  • A Side: You Got Me Diggin' You
  • B Side: Tighten Up
  • Label: King
  • Format: 45s



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

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a double helping of spectacular Rare Soul - mesmerizing Northern Soul Crossover on one side - pulsating Deep Funk on the other.

We start with the warm-glow of Roosevelt's purring voice. Heading up a considerate horn-powered arrangement from Bill Ball and his Upsetters sympathetically cradling his masterful vocal. Crafting a soulful stroller of the highest order, as it pulls yoiu into it's bewitching mood. A truly wonderful Rare Soul moment.

THIS NORTHERN SOUL CROSSOVER at its most sublime.. but there's more..

In total polar opposition, explosive FUNK awaits on the flipside. A revamp of Billy Butler & Archie Bell's timeless classic, takes on a new character of its own, once The Upsetters start to roll out their muscular-musicianship. Rattling drums, killer base-line guitar pulses, intricate plectrum manipulation; Roosevelt's rich-chanting out the major dance-cities across the USA and "Tighten Up Tighter" mantra rings out loud and clear... "You Gotta Tighten Up Tighter.." Then the zenith of the session opens up, when a fanfare of off-key trumpets eject a hanging interlude of persuasion into the mix. BRILLIANT!

Two sides to die-for!

Condition Report

A super clean a-side promo label, flipside label has a date 10/68 and X on it (see images) vinyl is flawless still housed in birth-sleeve.

A Side

  • Title: You Got Me Diggin' You

    B Side

  • Title: Tighten Up
  • Year: October 1968
  • City: Cincinnati, Ohio