Tuesday, April 18, 2006
The Soul Partners - "Walk On Judge"
Here's a record that I've wanted to write about since I started this blog ten months ago, "Walk On Judge" by The Soul Partners. I don't know a lot about these guys, except that they were from Columbus, OH and their record was originally released on the local Holiday imprint as seen here. It was also subsequently picked up by the Bell label for national distribution. The Soul Partners had at least one more record on Bell. "Walk On Judge" dates from around 1969.
What we have here is a very upbeat, rockin', soul instrumental. The only vocalizing starts the record, with someone shouting the song's title. Then, the lead guitar drops in, followed closely by the drums and bass guitar. Horns join the fray and take us through the main theme, which has a great hook. At the end of each verse, the guitar comes back to the fore and we're treated to some biting, funky licks. After a pair of verses, we're shifted to a short break that's heavy on percussion and bass and then it's back to the main theme, where the song fades all too soon. All in all, it's a great little hip shaker.