Tony Drake

Suddenly / It Hurts Me More

MCA Australia : Australian MCA 1123

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  • Artist: Tony Drake
  • A Side: Suddenly
  • B Side: It Hurts Me More
  • Label: MCA Australia
  • Format: 45s



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

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1970 AUSTRALIAN PRESS - ridiculously RARE!!

In recent times, this killer slab of Chicago Northern Soul has hit the comeback trail hard. Getting lots of spins to strong dancefloor appreciation. This spectacular 1970 Chicago Crossover from the pens of Eugene Record and Barbara Acklin; aided by two other Chicago Soul masters Tom Washington & Willie Henderson; together the team craft a striking piece of end of a decade Soul.

But how many collectors or DJ's own or have even seen the 1970 AUSTRALIAN PRESS! insanely rare and in immaculate condition.

The Brunswick Soul team enter a new decade, with a new approach? As this dancer carries a bucket full of inventive characteristics that no other Brunswick 45 are blessed with.

Rattling bongo intro, tin drum tickles, Tony Drake purring away in the background poised to strike with the lyrics...some "cool" intro indeed. Then it's lift off on a wave of strings, muted brass and spine-tingling jazz breaks collide with vocal-group chants of "Ooh, Arrh, Arhh, Pa Da, Ooh Pa, Dah " with Mr. Drake's searing vocal upfront and fully in charge. Add provocative saxophone intrusions.. and you instantly recognise your listening to pure CLASS...

In the last two years featuring in my personal favourite DJ set as it seamless linking the Answers, Four Coins etc. with that era between the 60s and 70's when producers pushed the envelope, creating more imaginative sounds.. This record is a unique in it's Chicago make-up nothing sounds quite like it. AND IT FILLS THE FLOOR!

We feel this rarity has a long way to go, recently hearing several others dropping the arm on, what has been in the past a forgotten jewel. In a packed room and a loud system nothing sounds like it.

A real head-turner for the turntable voyeurs and a collection jewel in the crown for those of you seeking the rarest format, and of course a grail "Australian Appreciation Society of Soul Collectors"

PS do not overlooked Tony's silky delivery of a fabulous Van McCoy song on the flipside, a stunning mid-tempo that should feature in on of the Chill out Sundays..

Condition Report

a flawless copy, impeccable unblemished vinyl. Clean none faced labels. Light unidentified mild splash stain bottom of label see images.

A Side

  • Title: Suddenly

    B Side

  • Title: It Hurts Me More
  • Year: 1970
  • City: Australia