Eccentric Soul
The Path Label
NUM5096
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Notes About the Release
Operating out of a living room in the West Oak Lane section on the far north end of Philadelphia, Thomas Shepard’s Path label was among several hundred upstarts trying to break black records in the City of Brotherly Love in the 1960s. Over the course of a decade, Shepard managed to eek out eleven singles, covering a wide swath of R&B styles including southern pleaders, northern stompers, girl groups, sister funk, and the failed dance craze “The Jump Back,” all primarily sold from the register at his Smiley’s House of Wax record parlor in Fishtown. Their proximity to the Raymond Rosen projects brought an unending string of local talent through the door, including Devolia Lasane, the Passionetts, the Fugitives, Pattie Ward, Brenda Devlin, and Camden, New Jersey’s Toni & the Hearts. Following the closure of Smiley’s in 1973, the entire contents of the Path label were lost in fire. When Thomas Shepard passed in 2010, all knowledge and history of the enterprise went with him.
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TRACK LIST

Pattie Ward (Girls) You Have To Wait For Love
Devolia Lasane Don’t (Take My Love Away)
Brenda Devlin I Love You More Than Anything
Toni & The Hearts Would You Love Me?
The Passionetts My Fault
The Fugitives Jump Back
Don & Donna Sparks A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love)
Brenda Devlin Were You Ever Lonely
Pattie Ward Get Off My Stuff
Toni & The Hearts Back To School
Toni & The Hearts Stay In School
The Sparks Don’t Be A Fool
The Fugitives I Love You More Than Anything
Toni & The Hearts Thank You Baby
The Passionetts My Plea
Toni & The Hearts Come Back Baby
The Sparks I’m Forever Yours
Toni & The Hearts Never Change Our Love
Devolia Lasane Flyin’ High
Toni & The Hearts Return Your Love
Toni & The Hearts Respect
Operating out of a living room in the West Oak Lane section on the far north end of Philadelphia, Thomas Shepard’s Path label was among several hundred upstarts trying to break black records in the City of Brotherly Love in the 1960s. Over the course of a decade, Shepard managed to eek out eleven singles, covering a wide swath of R&B styles including southern pleaders, northern stompers, girl groups, sister funk, and the failed dance craze “The Jump Back,” all primarily sold from the register at his Smiley’s House of Wax record parlor in Fishtown. Their proximity to the Raymond Rosen projects brought an unending string of local talent through the door, including Devolia Lasane, the Passionetts, the Fugitives, Pattie Ward, Brenda Devlin, and Camden, New Jersey’s Toni & the Hearts. Following the closure of Smiley’s in 1973, the entire contents of the Path label were lost in fire. When Thomas Shepard passed in 2010, all knowledge and history of the enterprise went with him.

TRACK LIST

Pattie Ward (Girls) You Have To Wait For Love
Devolia Lasane Don’t (Take My Love Away)
Brenda Devlin I Love You More Than Anything
Toni & The Hearts Would You Love Me?
The Passionetts My Fault
The Fugitives Jump Back
Don & Donna Sparks A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around And Fall In Love)
Brenda Devlin Were You Ever Lonely
Pattie Ward Get Off My Stuff
Toni & The Hearts Back To School
Toni & The Hearts Stay In School
The Sparks Don’t Be A Fool
The Fugitives I Love You More Than Anything
Toni & The Hearts Thank You Baby
The Passionetts My Plea
Toni & The Hearts Come Back Baby
The Sparks I’m Forever Yours
Toni & The Hearts Never Change Our Love
Devolia Lasane Flyin’ High
Toni & The Hearts Return Your Love
Toni & The Hearts Respect
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