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Various Artists: Loving On The Flipside: Sweet Funk And Beat-Heavy Ballads 1969-1977

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    THE LONG OVERLOOKED BALLADS FROM THE FLIP SIDES OF THE FUNK 45S IN THE NOW-AGAIN AND TRUTH & SOUL VAULTS. 21 RARE AND UNRELEASED TRACKS, 80-PAGE BOOK WITH FULL ANNOTATION, NEVER-BEFORE-PUBLISHED PHOTOS AND EACH BAND'S STORY.

    We at Now-Again unearthed so much information about the bands that recorded the definitive disco and modern soul contained in our recently launched Soul Cal anthology that we decided we had no choice but to release an album and a book at the same time. Well, following that line, the music contained on Loving On The Flip Side music is too damn good to be anonymously relaunched, decades after musical visionaries blended the best of heavy funk and sweet soul into a unified whole. And simply telling the stories of these vocalists and bands without allowing their lovelorn pleas to be heard again wasn't an option. Thus, Loving On The Flip Side again offers the enthused a chance to listen to, read about and reflect on another great burst of black American creativity: the creation of the sublime genre we like to call "sweet funk."

    It seems laughable to skip past Thomas East's "Slipping Around" 7" for the cheesy funk of 'Just A Trip," or to listen obsessively to Lou Ragland's instrumental funk on the Hot Chocolate LP and ignore his indolent-yet-stirring "We Had True Love." Yet we did just that, until we and the production team known as Truth & Soul first heard the Darling Dears and Funky Heavy's beautiful two-sider nearly ten years back. This was the record that set Loving On The Flip Side in motion, as the Darling Dears and Funky Heavy's two songs precipitated the sweet funk genre: the dichotomy of Funky Heavy's skull snapping rhythm section and the teenage Dears' angelic harmonies didn't sound like anything we'd heard before. That discovery set off a decade long search for the band and culminated in their discovery, the documenting of their stories, the emergence of their master tapes and the inclusion of their songs on Loving On The Flip Side.

    The excitement we felt while listening to the Darling Dears and Funky Heavy's masterworks forced us back into the field, in search of other sweet funk swooners and beat-heavy ballads to round out this anthology. The opportunity to present anew such wondrous soul music made the exhaustive process that produced Loving On The Flip Side worthwhile, and allowed us to collect one-offs that escaped prior investigations into the deep funk and sweet soul genres.

    Double Gatefold LP comes paired with an 80-page book filled with rare photos and each band's story.

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    1. Darling Dears - 'I Don't Think I'll Ever Love Another'
    Producers: Alvin 'Lawrence' Lofton; Mary Anne Bradford
    Year: 1972
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    2. Eddie Finley & The Cincinnati Show Band - 'Treat Me Right Or Leave Me Alone'
    Producers: The Cincinnati Show Band
    Year: 1972
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    3. Thomas East - 'Slippin' Around'
    Producers: Lee Anthony; John Craig
    Year: 1970
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    4. Hot Chocolate - 'We Had True Love'
    Producers: Lou Ragland
    Year: 1970
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    5. Little Janice - 'Since You've Been Gone'
    Producers: Paul Gayten
    Year: 1970
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    6. The Equatics - 'Merry Go Around'
    Producers: Benjamin Crawford; Frank Johnson
    Year: 1972
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    7. Black Conspirators - 'Love'
    Producers: Black Conspirators
    Year: 1971
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    8. Jazzie Cazzie And The Eight Sounds - 'Young Girl'
    Producers: John Terrell; Rodney Stepp
    Year: 1970
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    9. Rhythm Machine - 'Whatcha Gonna Do?'
    Producers: Rhythm Machine
    Year: 1972
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    10. Lee Bonds - 'I'll Find A True Love'
    Producers: Paul Coleman
    Year: 1969
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    11. Ed. Nelson - 'I'll Give You A Ring (When I Come, If I Come)'
    Producers: Edward 'Apple' Nelson
    Year: 1974
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    12. Darling Dears - 'And I Love You'
    Producers: Alvin 'Lawrence' Lofton; Mary Anne Bradford
    Year: 1972
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    13. Symphonic Four - 'Who Do You Think You're Fooling (Part I)'
    Producers: Randy Hudson
    Year: 1970
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    14. Black Exotics - 'What Am I Waiting For'
    Producers: Sonny Thomas
    Year: 1975
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    15. The Conspiracy - 'I Believe (Our Love Has Gone Away)'
    Producers: Lee Anthony
    Year: 1973
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    16. Black Velvet - 'Is It Me You Really Love'
    Producers: Sammy Campbell
    Year: 1971
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    17. Primitive - 'You Are Everything To Me'
    Producers: Primitive
    Year: 1977
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    18. Eunice Collins - 'At The Hotel'
    Producers: L. Hamilton
    Year: 1974
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    19. Hunts Determination Band - 'Are We Through'
    Producers: Regional Garland
    Year: 1973
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    20. Disciples Of Soul - 'Together'
    Producers: Reed-Henry-Nash
    Year: 1970
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    21. Symphonic Four - 'Who Do You Think You're Fooling (Part II)'
    Producers: Randy Hudson
    Year: 1970
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