Saturday, October 21, 2017

Skip Mahoney – Janice (Don’t Be So Blind To Love)

Most Wanted! Skip Mahoney – Janice (Don’t Be So Blind To Love) (Salsoul Records)

Far from being as famous as labelmates Instant Funk, Loleatta Holloway or Skyy‘s classics back in the day, Skip Mahoney‘s ‘Janice’. A blowing song which nevertheless made it in the UK where it made its way as a Northern Soul classic.

Strangely enough Mahoney got himself surrounded on this by James Purdie and Matthew Allen. Both of them being his former partners in crime under the Skip Mahoney & The Casuals banner who disbanded a year prior to this release, back in 1979.
Hard to not get the Salsoul familiar feel though. Bobby ‘DJ’ Guttarado playing with these characteristic Discoish string lines on its remixing work. Therefore making of it a jam one can hardly resist to. Don’t you think?

Quite sought after both on its 12″ promo copy, as on UK label Underworld, it also appeared on the Skip Mahoney & The Casuals”Now Then & Forever’ album released back in 2007…

Overview
George Norris, James Purdie, Matthew Allen and Skip Mahoney formed Skip Mahoney & The Cajuals back in 1965 in WDC. Strangely enough, they released only 2 (studio) albums in 14 years of activities together. ‘Your Funny Moods’ back in 1974 on DC International Records Inc. And ‘Land Of Love’ on Abet two years after.

Norris eventually contributed to 3 albums albums from 1974 until 1980. Purdie collaborated with Tenderness and Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers. Not to mention Frank Hooker & The Positive Peopleamong others. Meanwhile Matthew Allen also collaborated with the latter as with Al Mason.

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