Bob Green

Estelle Axton’s Fretone label in Memphis did issue some good southern soul even if her best seller was Rick Dees’ hideous “Disco Duck”. The tasty ListenPlease Forgive Me is one of the best, a super chugging beat, horn blasts very nicely done and Green soaring over and around the melody with a flavour of his namesake Al’s falsetto bursts. Green’s other release appeared on the Michigan based Super label before being picked up by Phil LA of Soul for national distribution but it certainly doesn’t sound like it was recorded up there to me. It feels just like an extension to the Fretone 45 and may well have been cut in Memphis – just check out that drummer and the horn arrangement. Whatever the recording studio ListenSweet Sweet Memories is another really strong easy swaying ballad on which Green sounds even more influenced by the Rev Al G – but that’s no bad thing in my eyes.



ListenPlease forgive me / I’ve never found a girl ~ FRETONE 026 (1975)
Running and hiding / ListenSweet sweet memories ~ SUPER 7073 / PHIL LA OF SOUL 378 (1975)


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