SummaryIn the annals of soul music, few names command the majesty and the mystery of The Servicemen, the four-part R'n'B vocal group based at Luke Air Force Base west of Phoenix, Arizona, who recorded several flawless sides in 1966 and 1967 before dispersing to points unknown.
Today, the handful of properly released Servicemen songs such as "Are You Angry," "I Need a Helping Hand" and "My Turn" are acknowledged internationally as all-time classics, particularly among England's "Northern Soul" enthusiasts. But it took years for those obscure records, which scarcely attracted any attention at the time but are now worth hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to hardcore collectors, to earn their reputation and percolate to the top of music lovers' want lists. With every spin at a soul all-nighter, every sky-high bid in a rare record auction, and every unauthorized bootleg repressing, the Servicemen's legend grew.
This CD release aims to fully satisfy the Servicemen's fans' appetite, presenting the public with the most complete musical portrait of the group to date. Details about the group's personnel remain frustratingly elusive, but for the first time their revelatory a cappella audition for producer Hadley Murrell and other powerful lost tracks from the vaults are accessible by the masses.