Mr Floods Party - Compared To What / Fork In The Road - Can't Turn Around Now 45
  • Mr Floods Party - Compared To What / Fork In The Road - Can't Turn Around Now 45
  • Mr Floods Party - Compared To What / Fork In The Road - Can't Turn Around Now 45

Mr Floods Party / Fork In The Road

Compared To What / Can't Turn Around Now 7"

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A Side: Mr Floods Party - Compared To What
B Side: Fork In The Road - Can't Turn Around Now
Label: Outta Sight
Catalogue #: OSV168
Format: 7" Vinyl
Genre: Northern Soul, 70s Soul
Release Year: 2017
Condition: New

WELCOME TO DETROIT. Or to be more precise, 14611 Nine Mile Road, East Detroit, the original home of GM Records and recording studio founded by Guido Marasco in 1968. Marasco also ran the Bumpshop label from the site, named after the car repair shop next door. A tiny third label, Love, was also part of the operation but only spawned one release, the mighty funk outing “The Pusher” by Final Decisions. Marasco died in 2015 leaving behind an interesting legacy of R&B, Funk, Psych and Northern Soul that is only now enjoying the recognition that is deserves.

 

COMPARED TO WHAT – MR. FLOODS PARTY (GM 714)
“Compared To What” was an original composition by Gene McDaniels and was first recorded by jazz musician Les McCann on his 1966 album Les McCann Plays The Hits. It is a highly regarded Vietnam protest song and has been covered by over 270 artists. Mr Floods Party recorded and released their version in Detroit in 1970 on GM 714. It was released the following year in Europe on Ember (UK), Metronome (Germany) and Melody (Greece). The Northern Soul scene adopted it as a new release at The Torch all-nighters in Stoke-on-Trent but it gained its anthemic status a few years later at Wigan Casino. It was reissued in the UK, by popular demand, in 1975 on the Bulldog label but both of the UK releases use an alternate master that lacks the energy of the original ‘GM’ 45 featured here on our official 2017 edition.

 

CAN’T TURN AROUND NOW – FORK IN THE ROAD (GM 712)
A superb, reactivated, Wigan Casino oldie originally released on GM 712 in 1970. Little is known about Fork In The Road except that the quartet, from Detroit, were clearly inspired by the Four Tops but only managed one 45, although it did see a release in the U.K. on Ember and in a picture sleeve on German Vogue. The Ember release is the rarest and is now highly collectable.

 


• Torch and Wigan Casino anthem
• Wigan VS Cleethorpes – two legendary venues – two legendary 45s


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