In 1965, Freddie Perren and brothers Larry and Fonce Mizell recorded a promotional 7″ with hopes of gaining exposure via local radio stations. Although the record went relatively unnoticed, the Mizell brothers would later achieve great notoriety for revolutionizing soul jazz music alongside their musical mentor Donald Byrd. “Baby I Want You/Pray for Me” showcases a little known side of this musical team, resulting in a pair of sweet soul gems that provide some insight into the musical roots of this enigmatic combo.
“Baby I Want You” b/w ” Pray for Me” captures the youthful innocence of these gifted young talents. The songs are instantly nostalgic and evoke a timeless feeling of young love. Few original copies of this record have ever surfaced, making “Baby I Want You” an even more unique offering.
This limited edition 7-inch is packaged in an attractive, full color sleeve and includes extensive liner notes by Wax Poetics contributor Ronnie Reese.