μετά από ένα σαββατοκύριακο με το special category στο repeat [είναι να μην του κολλήσει κάτι, την έβαψες] και ψάχνοντας στοιχεία για τους μυστηριώδεις the roe-o-tation και το ένα και μοναδικό single τους του 1969 [στην πίσω πλευρά είχε το old love], βρήκα ολόκληρο το στόρι σε ένα αμερικάνικο μπλογκ. δηλαδή το στόρι του single και του gerald sims που κρύβεται πίσω απ’ το περίεργο όνομα [ο ασχημομούρης στη φώτο], κι o οποίος εξακολουθεί να βγάζει δίσκους [μάλιστα έχει έτοιμο καινούργιο].
«Precious little is known of the Roe-O-Tation themselves, but the credits of their sole 45 reveal much: this record was the handiwork of Gerald Sims, a name ubiquitous in ‘60s Chicago soul. Gerald Sims, born in 1940 and a participant on the city’s music scene since his arrival from Kalamazoo, Michigan at age nineteen, was absorbed early on into the Daylighters, a vocal group then recently transplanted from Alabama. His considerable musical gifts – singing, writing, guitar playing – found Sims assuming lead vocal and songwriting duties for the Daylighters, and he would oversee the group’s transition from R&B to soul with solid regional hits like 1962’s “Cool Breeze” and “I Can’t Stop Crying.” Sims himself would release two obscure soul singles under his own name on Okeh Records. His performing career, however, would be exchanged for expanded behind-the-scenes duties as a session guitarist, songwriter and producer with Okeh, Constellation and Chess Records, easily three of the city’s most vital soul labels in the mid-‘60s. Later that decade, Sims procured work as a songwriter and orchestra leader at Brunswick Records, but - before finally landing a producer role at Jerry Butler’s Fountain Productions in the early ‘70s - Sims worked in some time to release one record, this selection, on his own independent label, Gerim. Likely produced in 1969 or ’70, “Old Love” (and its flipside, “Special Category”) would be a one-off trial run for Sims’ label aspirations. The sublime “Old Love” is a production in every sense of the word, a stunning bit of theater with wild tempo changes and an almost psychedelic vibes-and-guitar breakdown – great for making the whole dancefloor list to one side. “Old Love” makes you wonder what was happening in 1970. These soul guys were always running into old girlfriends on the street. Gerim Records operations would be revived in the early ‘80s - the Chicago scene a pale shadow of the powerhouse it had been a decade earlier - for a brief flurry of contemporary soul releases from local groups like MC², Encore and 7 Miles High».
το σίνγλκ και το κουλ μπριζ βρίσκονται εδώ. δεν τα ξεφορτώνεσαι εύκολα. κι εδώ είναι ένα κομμάτι των daylighters. ο ασχημομούρης είναι φωνάρα.