Thursday, October 27, 2016

Great Obscure U.K. 60's R&B Sides: Duffy Power with help from The Paramounts

DUFFY POWER-Tired Broke And Busted/Parchman Farm UK Parlophone R 5111 1964

Duffy Power has long been one of my favorite 60's British r&b performers. We discussed two of his earlier singles for the Parlophone label over here and here. Today's topic was his fourth release for the label where he was backed (albeit uncredited) by fellow r&b label mates The Paramounts (who of course would later find fame as Procul Harum).

"Tired Broke And Busted" was originally cut by Floyd Dixon in 1952 in the US and released on the Aladdin label. Power's version stays pretty much true to the arrangement in practice. It's a bit more uptempo and utilizes some wailing harp (absent from the piano blues shuffle of the original). As always Power's voice is in top form and gives it all he's got and Robin Trower provides a brief but raw little guitar solo on top of Gary Brooker's subtle stride piano.

A host of British r&b bands recorded Mose Allison's "Parchman Farm" . Duffy Power was actually the first believe it or not beating The Nashville Teens, Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames and John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers and Peter Jay and the Jaywalkers to a U.K. release. Power's version maintains the same uptempo arrangement Georgie Fame utilized with some tasty piano from Gary Brooker and blistering, but restrained guitar bursts from Robin Trower. TRIVIA NOTE: Early U.K. promo copies listed the track as "Parchment Farm".

Both sides were collected on the excellent RPM Duffy Power double CD "Leapers And Sleepers", which I cannot recommend enough if you don't already own it. "Tired Broke And Busted" also graced EMI's excellent CD compilation "Rhythm And Blues (With A Little Soul) At Abbey Road 1963-167" (which was my first introduction to the track).

Hear "Tired Broke And Busted":

Hear "Parchman Farm":

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