Music Box 26th November 2022

Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces were a US soul group from Montgomery, AL, reformed in 1961 to record, having originally formed in 1952 in Fort Benning, GA. The Rhythm Aces supported singers like Etta James, Kim Weston, Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke and Otis Redding in their career. This is Hey Mr D J, the B-side to their debut single Searching For My Love (Checker 7” 1966).
Our UK pop-psyche gem from 1969 comes from band Freedom. Freedom was a psychedelic/progressive rock band from England, United Kingdom, that was formed in 1967. The band split up in 1972. Formed initially by Procol Harum members Ray Royer and Bobby Harrison, who had performed on the hit single "A Whiter Shade Of Pale". Royer and Harrison then formed Freedom with Steve Shirley and Tony Marsh, who was immediately replaced by pianist / organist Mike Lease, releasing two German singles and the soundtrack for the Tinto Brass/Dino De Laurentiis film Attraction (original title Nerosubianco, also known as Black on White). In 1968, Harrison entirely overhauled the group's membership, and the new line-up began recording with more of a hard rock sound, scoring tour dates with Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, and The James Gang. They achieved great renown for their excellent version of The Beatles song "Cry Baby Cry" on their second album Freedom At Last (BYG Records 1969, released 1970). Here is Cry Baby Cry.
Alex Lahey is a singer-songwriter from Melbourne, Australia. This is I Need To Move On, from her second LP The Best Of Luck Club (Dead Oceans 2019). Buy here.
Mutual Benefit is a music project created by singer-songwriter Jordan Lee. The band consists of various musicians gathered by Jordan Lee, and has no concrete band line-up. This is Golden Wake, from their second album Love's Crushing Diamond (Soft Eyes/Other Music 2013).
We conclude with a brace of excellent songs from The Beat (North America: The English Beat), 2 Tone Ska revival group formed in 1978 in Birmingham, England. First, Mirror In The Bathroom (Go-Feet Records 7” 1980,) and then Save It For Later (Go-Feet Records 7”/12” 1982). Brilliant. Until next week …