Friday, May 5, 2017

J.P. Robinson - What Can I Tell Her?

 Repost by request - FROM ME!

Some things just need to be out there now and again. Most of the old guard here have had this for years now, but join me in the joy of imagining the jaw dropping moment of new folk discovering this dude.

OH, OH, MY, MY, My Prepare thy selves to receive a miracle!

How is it that there are still these guys who stop you dead in your tracks from the first moment you hear them; guys who are singing great songs with fine arrangements, one after another, and yet even rabid soul fans have heard at best only a stray track or two. Hell, even Howard Tate was better known than John Pooderou Robinson!

It is kind of fitting to drop this bomb in the midst of our O.V. fest, once you have heard J.P. you will see why. Robinson had the same kind of magical timing and control to wring every last bit of passion from every lyric, but he also has that unhinged quality that reminds me of Tate or Little Willie John. If you can listen to What Can I Tell Her or the jaw dropping George Jackson (which easily joins the ranks of 10 best Dylan covers ever) and not at least get a lump in your throat, then we may need to check your pulse.

This was a rare talent whose voice leaps out through the speaker. The songs paint him the ultimate heartbreaking bad boy whose passion always brings them back no matter how badly he has strayed.


He was  allegedly an unbelievably intense performer who regularly left women weeping and shrieking in the aisles. Producer Willie Clark recalled
 "J.P. seemed to go berserk at the microphone. He was so caught up in the feel of his songs, at times we thought we would have to hit him with a bat to calm him down. He was electric! When he was going to do a recording session, people would try to get in on it just to watch him work. His sessions were like watching a show."

There is a fine essay from John Ridley (Sirshambling of Deep Soul Heaven) in the notes to provide your biographical information on this one. This is a new release and this mp3 sample is provided to hip you to it and get you to go buy one! It is only by our patronage that these amazing discoveries will continue to find light of day. Besides which, how much fun will it be to spring this one on your musically savvy friends?

Full credit to Unkie Cliff on this discovery and the disc.

21 comments:

poppachubby said...

Pfffffft... another awesome post guys. The problem is finding time to listen to it.

Preslives said...

Great one, KC! I just picked this CD up last month and was as astounded as you were.

pmac said...

New one to me. But, with that send up, I can't wait to give it a listen.

Moe said...

Wow! Thanks. I've been looking for this one. I've heard some stuff from youtube and was really impressed.

poppachubby said...

Ya this is killin... Hot Love is not to be missed!

Anonymous said...

Unkie Cliff sez: I started looking for What Can I Tell Her back in 1972. Took a while to find as well as a few other 45s. The music speaks for itself but one small heads up... there is a CD with some of the same material titled Henry Stone Presents AVOID that one at all costs, lousy mastering from really bad vinyl. Besides this one has all the tracks on that hockey puck PLUS.

ceedee said...

Come to mama. Wonderful. How Much More Can She Stand will take you to country soul heaven.

pmac said...

Just listened to this three consecutive times. I'm stunned. I honestly cannot recall the last time I was this awestruck by a musician that was previously unknown to me. KC, I owe you yet another beer.

KingCake said...

Yeah you right Homey, btw send a direct email so we can exchange digits

pmac said...

You got it. Party is still on, and you are mos definietly coming on down.

GuitarGus said...

Yeah KC a great post
Never heard of this guy ...and he grows and grows on you !!
Cheers as always

fmules said...

Always great to discover a new artist here at the crypt. Think I'm gonna like this one. Thanks for the post.

Anonymous said...

what a voice! thanks for posting. will seek out the original.
-john

fcapeau said...

Another discovery ! With you, KC, every day is a good day ... Many thanks

pmac said...

If anyone didn't get this the first time around, you absolutely should do so, now. Pure musical genius.

antreas72heep said...

OMG Thnaks a lot!

hooch said...

Awesome - many thanks!

KingCake said...

http://www97.zippyshare.com/v/wKMuOj2Q/file.html

KingCake said...

Just noticed a Roy Orbison feel to some of the songs, the flower continues to unfold!

Chris T said...

Thanks a lot KingCake

Iceman said...

New artist for me. I'll buckle myself in for the ride! lol

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