Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul (LP)

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Format: LP
Label: Mr. Bongo
Year: 2020

Media Condition: New
Sleeve/Cover Condition: New


A1 (I Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind
A2 I Made A Promise
A3 The Trouble With Trouble
A4 The Way They Do My Life

B1 Find Yourself
B2 Gonna Get Me A Friend
B3 Give Me Back My Freedom
B4 I Feel Like This
B5 Live Now Brothers

Originally released in 1973. Includes gatefold sleeve.


Bass – Gregory C. Hammonds
Drums – Allen Stewart
Guitar – George R. Lee, Willie Parker Jr.
Keyboards – Karissa Freeman
Saxophone – Leon Rogers
Trombone - Johnny Freeman
Vocals, Trumpet, Composed By, Artwork – Sir Joe Quarterman

The self-tiled Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul album from 1973 was the only album recorded by the group. The success of the hit song and album enabled the band to share the stage with big-name acts such as James Brown and Earth Wind & Fire. The album track '(I've Got) So Much Trouble In My Mind' even became a regular feature on the legendary TV show, Soul Train.

These triumphs also drew the attention of record company executives who wanted to sign Joe as a solo artist--an offer he refused as he was not willing to abandon the band. The group members for the recording were neighborhood musicians and school friends from the Washington D.C area.

The simple cartoon-like record cover artwork has become iconic in its own right, but this was not the original intention. Joe had prepared a quick illustration for a photographer to depict in a collage for the album art, however, the label ended up using his original sketches for the final cover. Whatever was in the water, things all came together and aligned at the right time, and a true soul-funk classic record was born.

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