Saturday, 18 December 2010

NS551 Charles Johnson [1980] - Never Had A Love So Good [Alston ALSX 3751]

b/w: Baby I Cried, Cried, Cried (official A side)
Format: 45
Label: Alston
Cat No: ALSX 3751-B / Reissue 3743
Year: 1980
Value: $450-$600

Our first foray into some modern soul, leaping from the mid 60s to 1980 for this track by Charles Johnson on Alston.  This is a trmendous piece of soul music with a great deep soul flip (which is the official A side).
Both tracks were written and produced by Horace Straws and Nathaniel Dean who turn up on a number of other interesting records e.g. Snoopy Dean - Lady, Lady, Lady; David Hudson / Paulette Reeves - Let Me Wrap You In My Love.

Other tracks include:

Charles Johnson [1975] - I Betcha Don't Know / Instr. [Mighty Mo 902]
Is a very rare sweet soul ballad produced by J.R. bailey and Ken Williams which much rarer than the Alston 45.

Charles Johnson [1980] - Baby I Cried, Cried, Cried [Alston ALSX 3751-A]
Charles Johnson [1980] - Good Good Lovin' [Dash 5065]

I can't find any further information on Charles Johnson.  The only 3 records I've managed to find all come from the Miami area on TK based labels between 1975 and 1980.  There is a Charles Johnson & The Revivers gospel group.  I'm not sure if it's the same Charles Johnson who has turned to gospel or maybe always was a gospel singer who recorded a couple on secular tracks?

Charles Johnson [1980] - I Cried, Cried, Cried [Alston 3743]

Charles Johnson [1980] - Good Good Lovin' [Dash 5065]

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