Sunday, 3 May 2015

The Amen Break: The Winstons - Color Him Father (Metromedia Rec.,1969)

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The Winstons

''Color Him Father''
( LP Metromedia Records, 1969 )
Catalog # MD 1010 Stereo

The Winstons were a 1960s funk and soul music group, based in Washington, D.C.. They are known for their 1969 recording of an EP featuring a song entitled "Color Him Father" on the A-side, and a song entitled "Amen, Brother" on the B-side. Half-way into "Amen, Brother", there is a drum solo (performed by G.C. Coleman) which would cause The Winston's EP to become one of the most widely-sampled record in the history of electronic music. Sampled audio clips of the drum solo became known as the Amen Break, which has been used in thousands of tracks in a large number of musical genres, including: hip-hop, drum and bass, jungle, Big beat, Industrial, Electronica, and pop music.
The "Color Him Father" record sold over one million copies, and received a gold record awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America on 24 July 1969.

Tracklisting:
01 - Color Him Father
02 - I've Got To Be Me
03 - The Chokin' Kind
04 - The Greatest Love
05 - A Handful Of Friends
06 - Everyday People
07 - The Days Of Sand And Shovels
08 - Birds Of A Feather
09 - Only The Strong Survive
10 - Traces
11 - Amen, Brother

Personnel:
Alto Saxophone, Vocals – Ray Maritano
Arranged By, Conductor – Emory Gordy, Jr.
Art Direction – Sid Maurer
Bass Guitar, Vocals – Sonny Peckrol
Design [Album Design] – Michael Mendel
Drums, Vocals – G. C. Coleman
Engineer – Rodney Mills
Lead Guitar, Vocals – Quincy Mattison
Organ, Lead Vocals – Phil Tolotta
Producer – Don Carroll
Tenor Saxophone, Lead Vocals – Richard Spencer

Notes:
Recorded At – Le Fevre Sound Studios, Atlanta
Format:Vinyl, LP, Album
Country:US
Released:1969

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Review:
The last track is the original source of the famously sampled drum break generally referred to as "the Amen break". The title track was a hit and they had another hit with Love Of The Common People which is not on this album.

The Winstons
The Winstons

Biography by Bruce Eder (AMG):
A Washington, D.C.-based soul act led by Richard Spencer, the Winstons signed to Curtom in early 1968 and lasted there for one single, the rousing "Need a Replacement." They had a sound that was somewhat similar to the Impressions, but were unfortunate enough to have signed with Curtom before the label had national distribution, and the single never got the play it should have. A year after leaving Curtom, they hit for the Metromedia label with a huge single called "Color Him Father," which became a Top Ten R&B and pop hit, just missing number one on the R&B list, and also earned a Grammy for Best R&B Song. It was both a great tribute number and outstanding lead vocal from Richard Spencer, along with Ray Maritano, Quincy Mattison, Phil Tolotta, Sonny Peckrol, and G.C. Coleman. Mattison and Coleman were veterans of Otis Redding's band. The Winstons eventually toured as the backup band for the Impressions, but never again made any noise on the charts.

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''Everyday People''

About the Amen Break:
The Amen break is a brief drum solo performed in 1969 by Gregory Cylvester "G. C." Coleman in the song "Amen, Brother" performed by the 1960s funk and soul outfit The Winstons. The full song is an up-tempo instrumental rendition of Jester Hairston's "Amen," which he wrote for the Sidney Poitier film Lilies of the Field (1963) and which was subsequently popularized by The Impressions in 1964. The Winstons' version was released as a B-side of the 45 RPM 7-inch vinyl single "Color Him Father" in 1969 on Metromedia (MMS-117), and is currently available on several compilations and on a 12-inch vinyl re-release together with other songs by The Winstons.
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''Amen Brother''


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