Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Setting that '70s mood in Bonn

Coming up on May 6, during the next European tour, Fred and the New JBs will play in Bonn, Germany, as part of the Pauluskirche church's "Soul Preacher" series, thanks to the work of church member and our friend, longtime fan, and our favorite photographer and graphic designer, Heinrich Buttler, who writes that he has been doing some research to get in the mood:

... I have a 300 plus something single collection. Strictly 7 inch 45s on vinyl by James Brown, Fred and other J.B. related artists. The J.B.'s had - for some odd reasons - a bunch of different names. For instance J.B.'s Wedge, The Progressors, The Devils, A.A.B.B. and others ... I found eight singles that read "Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s" and two are introducing "Fred Wesley & The NEW J.B.'s". The latter two are the same, just issued by different European countries. ... I have made color copies from the singles and will decorate the church hall or the front of the stage with these covers, so the people can catch the feel of the time when the records came out. ...

He was kind enough to share the following images and information, which we're now sharing here. Enjoy!

Fred Wesley & The J.B.s, 1974, Polydor Int. 2066455, probably French issue
Damn Right I Am Somebody, Part 1 &2
Same as above but German issue
"...the hard to find DJ-Edition of 'Damn Right I Am Somebody.' This record never leaves ebay below $100 because it contains the unedited version of the same titled song 'Damn Right I Am Somebody (Love And Happiness).' In the original recording Brown says: 'To me happiness is Fred WERLEY aaaammh Fred WESLEY playing his horn.' For the official release the mistake in the middle was cut out. Strange enough, but this is the only variation to the market pressing. Plus the promo LP contains a sticker that reads:  'Promotional copy DJ not for sale.'"

All the Funky Fred rarities from Heinrich's collection.

1 comment:

  1. Good god, I´m so looking forward to hear you play in the same church our daughter was baptized in :-)After Pee Wee last year this will be another night to remember.

    Great news.

    See you soon at Bonn.

    Your long time fan Goswin