Willie Tee

First Taste Of Hurt / Funky. Funky Twist

Gatur Records: 509


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



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

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Willie Turnbinton updated version, from the rawer first mix, on the light blue imprint.

This green label release, is a revisiting of his lyrically brilliant predictive warning. "First Taste Of Hurt" an updated different version but still carrying that message of a poignant "look out" even though the green label release, carries the same release number 509 release number and oddly the same master number 1005, it is clearly updated.

Willie lyrical mastery crafts an unimaginably brilliant narrative, thoughtfully considered, a gentle "warning" with no malice, but a little satisfaction of being the first man "to put her down". Held firm by Willie's muscular keyboard prowess and abrasive throaty soulful delivery. This potent Hammond organ propelled version, peppered with cowbell taps at odds with the blaring horn alchemy, dominating the Soulful flow.

An awesome flood of New Orleans, Soul sublimely filled with warnings of impending "hurt".

Thinking ad comparing, we underline that, this is premiership New Orleans Northern Soul with few equals. 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 consider totally worthy of a revamp and re-promoted by Willie Tee who rightly recognised it as the pinnacle of his vast contribution to NOLA soul. But he knew he had written a gem first time round 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. 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 elusive.

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

Condition Report

two clean labels, full gloss mint minus vinyl - a beauty!

A Side

  • Title: First Taste Of Hurt

    B Side

  • Title: Funky. Funky Twist
  • Year: 1972
  • City: New Orleans, La