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Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds

Twistin'

Half of a decade before Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds delighted dance floors with their Magic Touch disc “Get Down,” the Milwaukee-born ensemble was laying down slabs of sweat-soaked R&B for Cuca Records. Scales’ 1963 debut single “The Clock” b/w “Every Step Of The Way” was issued under his Twistin’ Harvey pseudonym and was backed by The Birdlegs. “I had a twist contest with Chubby Checker and beat him out,” Scales recalled. “That’s how I got the name.” Later that year Scales’ formed The Seven Sounds, featuring bassist and bandleader Albert Vance, guitarist Rudolph Jacobs, drummer Bill Stonewall, and a horn section of trumpeter Monnie Smith, bari saxist Bill Purtie, and the dueling tenor saxes of Ray Armstead and Mel Taylor. In addition to the eight sides pressed on Cuca between 1963 and 1967, eleven previously unissued cuts have sat in the vaults since, swaying from dance floor movers to group harmony ballads.

Track List

  1. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Glamour Girl
  2. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds (On The Street Of) New York City
  3. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Independency
  4. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds I Want To Apologize
  5. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Ten Thousand Years
  6. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds The Clock
  7. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Every Step Of The Way
  8. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Outcast (Gypsy Girl)
  9. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Forever Crying
  10. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Yesterday
  11. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Canadian Sunset
  12. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Midnight Till We Meet
  13. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Can't Have Me
  14. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Just Ain't Right
  15. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Mice Will Play
  16. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Love That One
  17. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Respect
  18. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Monkey Time '67
  19. Harvey Scales & The Seven Sounds Bootleg