GOLDIE – Could It Be (Top Sounds) 7”

by admin  5th Feb 2017 Comments [3372]

At the end of 1965, Goldie—a.k.a. Genya Ravan—found herself solo in the England, her Gingerbreads having returned to home to America without her. So in January 1966 she recorded, “Could It Be,” a lovely slice of big production blue-eyed soul written by Denny Cordell and Jamaican singer Tony Washington, “Could It Be.” The track was not released at the time, but has now been salvaged from an Emidisc acetate and etched into heavy seven-inch vinyl by the Top Sounds label for your listening pleasure.

Andrew Loog Oldham signed her to a management deal around the same time, and produced what was to be her debut solo release, a sublime version of a newly-minted Goffin-King number, “Goin’ Back,” arranged and conducted by Art Greenslade. The single was issued on Immediate in February with the Oldham-scribed B-side “Headlines,” a brassy soul number with cinemascope lyrics later recorded at a much faster tempo by Chris Farlowe. Unbeknownst to Oldham and Goldie, though, Dusty Springfield also had plans to record “Goin’ Back,” and when she got wind of Goldie’s version, she threw a fit. In the subsequent tempest in a teapot—detailed in the liner notes—Oldham agreed to withdraw the release, clearing a path for Dusty to take the song into the UK Top 10 that summer.

“Goin’ Back” and “Headlines” make up the flipside of this excellent three-song EP, which comes in a classy full-color sleeve with a booklet insert. (Mike Stax)