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.