OC Tolbert

Black Diamond: Dave Hamilton's Detroit Masters CD

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Title: Black Diamond: Dave Hamilton's Detroit Masters CD
Artist: OC Tolbert
Label: Kent
Catalogue #: CDKEND352
Format: CD
Genre: Northern Soul, 70s Soul
Release Year: 2011
Condition: New & Sealed

01 Let Me Be Your Only Man
02 That's Enough
03 You Gotta Hold On Me
04 I'm Shooting High (I Reach For The Sky)
05 You Got Me Turned Around
06 A Message To The Black Woman
07 Goodness
08 Message To Mankind
09 Rough Side Of The Mountain
10 Where Were You?
11 Give It To Glory
12 That's All She Wrote
13 Hard Times
14 The Grown Folks Thing
15 Fix It
16 Everybody Wants To Do Their Own Thing
17 Along Came A Woman
18 Ride The Gospel Train
19 Back To The Dust
20 Somebody Is Here With Me
21 I'll Take It All
22 All I Want Is You

O.C. Tolbert is an enigmatic character who also recorded under the names of King Diamond, Damn Sam The Miracle Man and Tolbert and had very collectible discs issued under each alias. His best work was his first recordings with Detroit producer Dave Hamilton who cut him on several excellent late 60s and early 70s tracks, few of which were issued.  
Since Kent bought Dave Hamilton’s collection of tapes many Tolbert gems have emerged onto the scene to much acclaim. Finally there are enough tracks to give O.C. his deserved album of recordings. Several are being issued for the first time and all come from master tape that has preserved his rough, awe-inspiring tones.
‘You Got Me Turned Around’ is an alternate vocal to Tobi Lark and Little Ann’s in-demand ‘Sweep It Out In The Shed’. ‘Fix It’ is a newly discovered funk powerhouse. ‘Let Me Be Your Only Man’ is the original opus that was later re-cut as by Damn Sam The Miracle man on his much-vaunted Tayster LP.
Dutch journalist Andreas Vingaard is writing an article on O C Tolbert’s later producer Jack Taylor for publication in Wax Poetics magazine or similar.
Compiled by Ady Croasdell.  - Ace Records

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