Operating out of Los Angeles’ Mid City neighborhood, Viscojon was but one imprint of John Spriggs’ empire of mini labels that also included Lo-Lace and Natru, as well as JonVis, Blue Port, and Gigantic publishing companies. The Viscojon label’s gimmick—though not always employed—was to press everything on colored vinyl, preferably blue if ALCO Research & Engineering pressing plant had it in stock.
The label issued somewhere in the neighborhood of a dozen singles and at least two LPs during its 11 year run, covering the gamut of black American popular music styles. Charles Taylor, Vince Howard, and Ralph “Oopie” Williams all turn in serviceable R&B sides, but it’s the unissued Earsley Young and April Yen demos where the magic really happens. Yen channels her inner Astrud Gilberto on “Beware,” while Young plows Charley Pride territory on “I’m A Winner.”
We’ve compiled the most interesting bits of released and unreleased material from Viscojon’s labored existence, as well as remastered Ralph Williams & John Mixon’s Doing What You Want To Do and Vince Howard’s Barry White/Isaac Hayes facsimile LP Heart-Soul Inspiration.
Other titles you may enjoy
Ralph Williams & John Mixon Duo:
Doing What You Want To Do
I Want To Live High
Heart-Soul and Inspiration