December 28, 2010

California Playboys - Trying to Become a Millionaire LP



Easily one of my all time favorite private press soul LPs from any era, this one just happens to be from 1977. These guys could have been huge if they had just dropped the songs about 10 years earlier. Beautiful music, lyrics, vocalist is fantastic, their traditional northern soul sound with a little bit of crossover funk and a tiny hint of southern blues soul is just perfect. One of the top private soul albums of all time. I don't know how available it is out there in blogosphere, so I wanted to make sure my readers had a nice copy of it. It used to run about 600-900 dollars, not sure if its quite that high now, to my knowledge theres never been a repress though. I do know that the main track, "trying to become a millionaire" has been comped by a number of modern soul/northen soul goldmine cds, but not the whole album. I dont know if thats even the best song really. Also, Interestingly, someone recently sold the Master tape reel of this album on ebay for about 1600, so somebody out there owns a friggin hifi reel of this bad boy, and Im guessing they have been booting it, but maybe not if its a serious private collector. Anyway here it is, and more super bombs coming your way very soon. And get that damn Tombouctou already, the shizz is hot.

CALIFORNIA PLAYBOYS - Trying to Become a Millionaire (1977) Loadstone Records.

9 comments:

cinturon negro said...

nice blog man! im checking all the posts and rare stuff you got
peace from chile

Anonymous said...

The album is from 1983 - not 1977...

transpac said...

Funny you mention that because I originally had 1983 as the date, but then I read somewhere that it was 1977 so I thought I must have bad info or something, I wonder if 1983 is the release date or the recording date or both. Why does 1977 get associated with this album then i wonder. Strange. Anyway thanks for the info. Its amazing how un-1983 the production is.

Anonymous said...

Is there any personnel information on the back?

Gary Spendkve said...

Hi Chaps

It's definately not 1983. I bought the LP new circa 1977 after hearing our local Northern DJ, Tony Dellar, play: 'Just say a four letter word' at the Howard Mallet Soul Club in Cambridge. The back of the LP is dated 1976. Yes, I still have the LP, with much of the shrink rap intact!

transpac jackson said...

Thanks man, you are awesome, I always enjoy hearing from people who bought the LP new at the time. I knew it was too good to be 1983, that would have been such a throwback album if that was the case. I wonder why these 'collectors' seem to think it's from 1983? Thank you for ending the debate once and for all.

transpac jackson said...

Let me correct that statement, because 1983 has some incredible boogie/modern soul tracks, so it's not 'too good' to be 1983, it sounds too much like 1977 to be 1983... thats what i meant.

Robert said...

Someone asked in these comments a couple of years ago whether there is any personnel information in the liner notes. I was the arranger for most of the tunes on this album and also played keyboards. If anyone has questions about the tunes, musicians, etc. feel free to shoot me a note. Also by the way I was the tenor saxophonist on Pure Funk's tune, "Nothing Left Is Real" Robert Jacobs (CEO, Alexis Entertainment Group)

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