Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Georgia Soul Time!

Langston & French - Tumbling Down (stream only)

Kudos are in order for Georgia Soul's Brian Poust, who is featured in the new issue of Stomp and Stammer in connection with the magazine's feature on the Numero comp Eccentric Soul: The Tragar and Note Labels, which Brian helped put together. The article spotlights Poust's journey in unearthing information and recordings from the Atlanta soul label and some of the musicians who made the rare records featured on the two-disc comp.

Today's selection comes from that comp. Langston George was the "fourth Pip" in the early years of Gladys Knight & The Pips, and he hooked up with Charles French to record the great Southern soul ballad "Tumbling Down," not to be confused with the James Fry record on Hi of the same name. The two men nail the ballad with their solo parts and harmonizing, and their voices remind me somewhat of Nashville soulsters Earl Gaines and Jimmy Church. It's a fine recording, one of the many that earn that distinction on the comp!


Agent45 said...

Thanks for featuring this tune, J.S.! This record has become pretty special to me, personally, because of the compilation. Charles French is an extremely nice fellow who I had a couple of good conversations with. He has had a couple of unfortunate things happen to him, health-wise, in his day but retains a wonderful attitude about life and is a genuinely kind man. Langston George's widow is an extremely kind and proud woman who was beyond helpful to the project and seems to be very pleased that her husband is finally getting a little bit of recognition for his work. From all I've heard, he was a really great Family man.

Ben The Balladeer said...

Love it
I have an mp3 of a great song by the same title by Junior Lewis on Atco 6242