Jack Ashford Just Productions CD
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Jack Ashford Just Productions CD

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Title: Jack Ashford Just Productions CD
Artist: Various Artists
Label: Kent
Catalogue #: CDKEND447
Format: CD
Genre: Northern Soul, 60s Soul, 70s Soul
Release Year: 2016
Condition: New & Sealed

1. I'm Gone - Eddie Parker
2. Sweet Baby - Al Gardner
3. Do It (Instrumental) - Johnny Griffiths
4. Let's Do It Again - Billy Shar-rae
5. Where Are You - The Four Sonics
6. Love You Baby - Eddie Parker
7. Stay Here With Me - Sandra Richardson
8. Payback's A drag - The Smith Brothers
9. Body Chains (Vocal Version) - Eddie Parker
10. I'll Fly To Your Open Arms - Jack Ashford
11. After You Give Your All (What Else Is There To Give) - Softouch
12. There Can Be A Better Way - The Smith Brothers
13. Crying Clown - Billy Sha-rae
14. Don't Take Your Love - The Magnificents
15. But If You Must Go - Eddie Parker
16. Don't Leave Me Baby - Ray Gant & Arabian Knights
17. I Can't Stand It - Al Gardner
18. Tell Me You're Mine - The Four Sonics - Plus One
19. I Need Your Love (To Satisfy My Soul) - Lee Rogers
20. Do The Choo-Choo (Vocal Version) - Jack Ashford & The SOund Of New Detroit
21. Did She Do It To You - Ray Gant & Unknown Female
22. The Ring - Sandra Richardson
23. Don't Worry - The Smith Brothers
24. Deserted Garden - Sandra Richardson

 When Jack Ashford and Shelly Haimes’ Pied Piper Productions folded in late 1967, Ashford continued to produce soul music in Detroit with Pied Piper artists and songwriter and artist Lorraine Chandler taking on a producer’s role.

 

 Ashford’s contacts from his time as one of Motown’s Funk Brothers were considerable and he continued to work with some of the city’s top musicians and singers. His new set-up, Just Productions, found a brilliant new talent in the gruff-voiced Eddie Parker whose ‘Love You Baby’ and ‘I’m Gone’ made a little noise in the Motor City but stunned UK Northern Soul fans in the 70s with the soulful intensity of music and vocals. It was perfect for adrenalin-charged youths and took uptempo soul to a new level; the records were heavily bootlegged.

 

 Like ‘I’m Gone’, the Four Sonics’ ‘Tell Me You’re Mine’ and Al Gardner’s ‘Sweet Baby’ creatively utilised tracks from the Pied Piper days. Billy Sha-Rae was a Pennsylvanian-based singer whose band, the Soul Congress, became the nucleus of the Just Productions musicans. Their song ‘Do It’ was a hit but the instrumental version by ex-Funk Brother Billy Griffith was even more powerful and is hugely popular in soul clubs nowadays. Sha-Rae was an exciting vocalist whose excellent take on Parker’s beat ballad ‘Crying Clown’ is featured.

 

Just Productions appeared on their own Sepia, Triple B, Ashford and Awake labels and there were licenses to Jay Walking, Buddah, Spectrum, Premium Stuff and Inter Soul. Ray Gant & The Arabians’ ‘Don’t Leave Me Baby’ was a musical high-point: the song was covered by Maxine Brown on her Epic LP. In the mid-70s they approximated the Philly Sound with the Smith Brothers’ brilliant double-sider ‘Payback’s A Drag’ / ‘There Can Be A Better Way’ on Soul Dimension. In 1975 Eddie Parker cut the now in-demand ‘Body Chains’ and also ‘But If You Must Go’ unreleased until MAM-Miko issued it after Ashford moved to Los Angeles around 1976.

 

Revered Detroit drummer J.C. Heard supplies a rare early instrumental groove ‘J.C.’s Grit Gitter’ and from the later period is Sandra Richardson’s club favourite ‘Stay Here With Me’.


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