Smoke Inc.

Waitin' For Love / It's The Same Old Song

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  • Artist: Smoke Inc.
  • A Side: Waitin' For Love
  • B Side: It's The Same Old Song
  • Label: Smoke Records Inc.
  • Format: 45s



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

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1977 Bay Area "Modern Soul Grail hidden" on the flipside of a rather poor attempt at the Four Tops classic; little wonder this 45 is Unicorn rare.

The Bay Area's ability to fused Jazz and Soul has over the decades crafted some of the Rare Soul scene's rarest, most-wanted 45s. This one, from the affluent area of Marin County (DJ Shadow territory) has remained excruciatingly elusive, whilst demand and awareness has steadily built up through the years. Until reaching its zenith recently with only less than 56 copies surfacing over the last 30 years or so.

Rare indeed, and it's so damn good. I adore the classy "bar" that Bay Area artists set when they blend Soul/Jaz/R&B together, no region does it better.

This beyond rare example is one of the finest. Swirling organ, gentle piano, subtle drumming, accomplished guitar riffs are the perfect platform for the softly rasping lead vocal to glide through. His teammates' on hand to add a rich "da da doo" chorus at every opportunity. A fabulous flute solo, cushioned by impressive cymbal tickling is is the highpoint as the vocal takes pause, the group enrich this already impressive session into to rare soul greatness.

A superior journey into Soul/Jazz/fusion in stunning condition

Condition Report

two clean labels, flawless mint minus vinyl, as good as it gets condition.

A Side

  • Title: Waitin' For Love

    B Side

  • Title: It's The Same Old Song
  • Year: 1977
  • City: San Anselmo California 94960