Little Tommy’s “I’m Still Hurt” b/w “Baby Can’t You See” follows up our reissue of the Free Angela compilation. We are excited to work with Sound of Soul label owner Alexander Randolph once again to create a faithful reproduction of this tremendous dance number. Forty eight years have passed since its initial release, during which time record collectors the world over have chased down virtually every known copy for love of the B-side “Baby Can’t You See.” One of the most sought after records in Northern Soul circles, used copies consistently change hands for well over a thousand dollars. With all that being said, the record is noteworthy for more than just its steadfast demand.
Beneath the surface of these uptempo grooves lie three intertwined paths: Richmond, VA soul impresario Alexander Randolph, Little Tommy, and The Upsetters. Beyond producing this 1966 session in New York City for his Sound of Soul label, Alexander Randolph is noteworthy for recording as Mr. Wiggles, producing the Free Angela compilation, and releasing the Prophet of Soul LP by Larry Saunders. Following his time with Sound of Soul, Little Tommy AKA Tyrone Thomas worked with legendary producer Swamp Dogg to record the album Wolfmoon, and then recorded with The Whole Darn Family, whose “Seven Minutes of Funk” was sampled by Grandmaster Flash, Kurtis Blow, EPMD, Jay-Z, and more. Providing the tremendous backing tracks for this record are The Upsetters. They started out as Little Richard’s backing band before branching out to become one of the most well known backing bands on the Chittlin’ Circuit. In addition, they were one of the early groups with which Jimi Hendrix honed his craft. “Baby Can’t You See” is a classic and we are proud to offer up the first ever 45 reissue.
1. I’m Still Hurt
2. Baby Can’t You See