Rough Trade recommends: Wayne Cochran – Goin’ Back to Miami

After all the years that I have been selling records there are still things out there waiting to be discovered and I just love it when something new to me arrives in the shop, we get it on the decks and all those potential sales flash before my eyes.

Ace recently reissued this fantastic 2CD set – an extraordinary blue eyed soul voice, but with an even more extraordinary haircut! The black audience in the USA has traditionally embraced larger-than-life characters and their accompanying schtick in their quest for entertainment. In the golden era of the 1950s and 60s, James Brown had his cape and you-can’t-make-me-leave routine, Solomon Burke his regal robes, Little Richard his pancaked flamboyance.

When it came time for a Caucasian analogue, the R&B-infatuated Wayne Cochran knew what needed to be done to make his mark. Cochran’s platinum blonde “do” and outrageous image are well-remembered by those who witnessed them but, lest we forget, unlike today, back then an entertainer truly had to deliver. There is enough available footage of Cochran and his crack 12-piece C.C. Riders to prove he was a mesmerising performer, and for the best part of two decades he filled venues across America with a thrilling rhythm and blues showcase.

Goin’ Back To Miami collects the choicest sides he cut in the R&B style. Disc One features prime cuts from his 1968 album for Chess, which was recorded in part at Fame in Muscle Shoals and saw him enter country soul territory with tracks such as Eddie Hinton’s ‘Big City Woman’. For the most part, he stuck with the bluesier material he understood best, although he flirted with psychedelic rock on a second album, for Starday-King in 1970.
Overall, the set features a dozen studio tracks completely new to CD, including several unissued titles.

Nigel House, Co-founder Rough Trade record shops

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