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As usual, one copy per person, only. For fairness sake, we have to prohibit multiple buys of the same release.

For this re-issue on Mr Bongo, we present
a 180g replica edition with gatefold cover.
The lyrics of Sir Joe Quartermans I Got So Much Trouble In My
Mind resonate now as much as they did back in 1972. Problems
at work, pollution, confusion, and addiction are universal
stresses regardless of time and place. By encapsulating these
social injustices within an anthemic song there is little wonder
this powerful soul-funk production has become a much-loved
and timeless classic. Whether it be in its infancy being played
live on the washington D.C scene back in the early 70s, over the
pond in the 80s for the UK rare-groove crowd, in the MPCs of
hip-hop producers, or on todays discerning dancefloors, the
song has hit a chord.
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 (Ive 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 - George "Jackie"
Lee (Guitar), Gregory Hammonds (Bass), Charles Steptoe
(Drums), Karrissa Freeman (Keyboards), Johnny Freeman
(Trombone), Leon Rogers (Sax/Vocals) and Joe
The simple cartoon-like almost pre-Basquiat style 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
LP: 1. (I Got) So Much Trouble On My Mind / 2. I Made A
Promise / 3. The Trouble With Trouble / 4. The Way They Do My
Life / 5. Find Yourself / 6. Gotta Get Me A Friend / 7. Give Me
Back My Freedom / 8. I Feel Like This / 9. Live Now Brothers

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