Tamla RecordsTamla T 54042 (B), June 1961

B-side of Same Thing

(Written by Mickey Stevenson)

Scan kindly provided by Gordon Frewin, reproduced by arrangement.  All label scans come from visitor contributions - if you'd like to send me a scan I don't have, please e-mail it to me at fosse8@gmail.com!Before hearing the actual songs featured on this, Gino Parks’ “real” debut single, I’d guessed (with only the titles to go on) that the A-side, Same Thing, would be a gospel-inflected ballad, rather than the loose, tooth-rattling rocker it actually turned out to be. Similarly, I’d pegged its B-side, That’s No Lie, to be an upbeat dancefloor number, and instead this turns out to be a solid, somewhat rambling, ultimately inconsequential blues. Just goes to show.

The liner notes to The Complete Motown Singles: Volume 1 describe this one as “screaming” and Parks as “positively hair-raising”. I don’t think either of those things is particuarly apt. For sure my hair remains unrisen, but more pertinently it’s Parks who’s (quite literally) screaming here, not the song itself, which is relatively staid and nowhere near as fun as the A-side. Parks can’t be accused of holding anything back, giving a full-on hellfire gospel-rock-blues-whatever performance with echoes of James Brown, but it’s wasted on a standard-issue doo-wop backline that seemingly can’t quite decide on what it wants to be, and an underpowered groove that never gets properly into it.

Once more, the compilers of The Complete Motown Singles: Volume 1 couldn’t find a master tape for this one, so it had to be mastered from a 7″ single. The drop in sound quality is noticeable, but no more than that; I doubt a pristine transfer would have made the record any better, to be honest.



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