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Eccentric Soul

The Dynamic Label

Whipped up in the dust of Rene & Rene’s Tejano tornado “Angelito,” the Dynamic label was just one among San Antonio record and real estate mogul Abe Epstein’s enterprises. Dynamic’s flagship outfit, the Commands, marched “No Time For You” up to the middle of the charts in 1966 with performance chops honed jet-sharp by the demanding Air Force Base circuit. That takeoff paved a runway for 20 more soulful Dynamic singles over an impressive 30-month campaign. Epstein’s open-door policy brought a diverse cross-section of Texas talent into convergence within his General McMullan Drive studio, as whites, blacks, and Latinos alike suited up for service in whichever new group the call of duty called for. Epstein’s Alamo City melting pot is ladled out here in 21 (28 on the 2LP) of Dynamic’s most intriguing dishes by the Tonettes, Little Jr. Jesse & the Tear Drops, Don & the Doves, Willie Cooper & the Webs, Bobby Blackmon & His Soul Express, and Doc & Sal. Lone Star pic sleeves, full-color dancehall photography, and rich ephemera plant a new flag for soul in soil that’s seen its share of hoisted banners.

Track List

  1. The Commands Don't Be Afraid To Love Me
  2. Willie Cooper & the Webs I Can't Take It No More
  3. Don & the Doves Together
  4. The Webs Don't Ever Hurt Me
  5. The Commands Must Be Alright
  6. Bobby Blackmon & the Soul Express She's Gotta Have Soul
  7. Doc & Sal Laughing To Keep From Crying
  8. The Webs Try Loving Me
  9. The Commands Too Late To Cry
  10. Doc & Sal My Dream
  11. Little Jr. Jesse & the Tear Drops If You Don't Love Me
  12. The Webs Can't Let You Go
  13. The Commands A Way To Love Me
  14. Little Jr. Jesse & the Tear Drops It Keeps Rainin'
  15. Don & the Doves I Need You
  16. Bobby Blackmon & the Soul Express You'll Find Another
  17. The Commands Around The Go-Go
  18. The Commands Hey It's Love
  19. Little Jr. Jesse & the Tear Drops Give Your Love To Me
  20. The Tonettes I Gotta Know
  21. Doc & Sal Can't Get You Offa My Mind
  22. The Commands I've Got Love For My Baby
  23. Willie Cooper & the Webs You Don't Love Nobody
  24. Little Jr. Jesse & the Tear Drops Ain't No Big Thing
  25. The Commands No Time For You
  26. The Webs Little Girl Blue
  27. The Tonettes My Heart Can Feel The Pain
  28. Doc & Sal Cry & Wonder Why