Tony Drake

Suddenly / It Hurts Me More

Brunswick : 55437 DJ


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



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

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After a few years on the comeback trail, this 1970 Chicago Crossover killer is now a very popular turntable choice, for those DJs lucky enough to have a copy.

From the fertile pens of Eugene Record and Barbara Acklin; aided by Chicago Soul studio magians Tom Washington & Willie Henderson the team craft a striking piece of end of a decade Soul.

New decade, new approach ? As this dancer carries a abundance of characteristics that no other Brunswick 45 is blessed with.

Rattling bongo intro, tin drum tickles, Tony Drake purring away in the background poise to strike with those imploring lyrics as the trumpet takes to the air...
some "cool" intro; then it's lift off on a wave of strings, subtle brass, and 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, with provocative saxophone intrusions.. and up to fabulously classy Northern Soul you could never tire of hearing.

In recent times one of my personal favourites fitting snug into today's preference for soulful dance productions from that era between the 60s and 70's when producers pushed the envelope, creating more imaginative sounds.. This record is unique in it's Chicago make-up, nothing sounds quite like it. Memorably different..

We feel this rarity has a long, 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 matches its individuality...

Some potent crossover tune this is.. and not easy to find, especially in this fine, play perfect condition.

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

Both labels are clean except for the rubber-stamped May 16 1970 release date, see scan housed in birth-sleeve. The vinyl plays perfect both sides. Under strong light inspection there are a few mild blemishes none of which transfer to the stylus.. Listen enjoy what it a wonderful example of Chicago Soul in transitio

A Side

  • Title: Suddenly

    B Side

  • Title: It Hurts Me More
  • Year: 1970
  • City: Chicago, Il