Willie Tee

First Taste Of Hurt / Funky. Funky Twist

Gatur Record Company : 509 1005

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  • Artist: Willie Tee
  • A Side: First Taste Of Hurt
  • B Side: Funky. Funky Twist
  • Label: Gatur Record Company
  • Format: 45s



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

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Not only because it is significantly rarer than the green label release, more importantly a totally different version to the green label release even though the labelling carries the same release number 509 release number and oddly master number1005 also .

This release is even more unimaginably brilliant, thoughtfully considered, a softer take, with a different vocal, than the muscular Hammond organ propelled version on the later green label release; was preceded by mesmerising piano and horn alchemy, brought down into an awesome flood of beseeching Northern Soul, sublimely filled with warnings of impending "hurt".

Preeminent New Orleans Northern Soul with few comparisons; Willie knew he had written something very special, indeed lyrically remarkable, unadulterated Soul poetry drenched in the irony of karma. One of the greatest records ever to emerge out of The Crescent City, we think inexplicably revamped and re-promoted by Willie Tee. But he knew he had written a gem but he didn't feel it carried enough "funk" to capture the public's attention. So he abandoned his first draft and re-recorded it for release on the more familiar green Gatur label take. Leaving the original "session" adrift, to be discovered by dedicated European Soul Scholars and DJ's who still swoon in its soulful purity today.

For me no superlative is too strong, to clothe this record in, utterly brilliant, frustratingly rare and seldom if ever encountered in anything but poor condition.

Today is an opportunity to acquire a masterpiece with hardly a blemish revealing it's near 50 years of age..

Condition Report

Two very clean crisp bright light blue labels, vinyl shows only the merest hairline or two, very close to Mint minus. A spectacular copy, the only way to own this unparalleled Northern Soul experience.

A Side

  • Title: First Taste Of Hurt

    B Side

  • Title: Funky. Funky Twist
  • Year: 1971
  • City: New Orleans, La