FRANK WILSON'S "DO I LOVE YOU (INDEED I DO)"
B/W "SWEETER AS THE DAYS GO BY" 7" SINGLE
ADDED TO RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES
In addition to our Record Store Exclusive releases previously announced, Third Man Records is proud to now include an additional title with an incredible story -- Frank Wilson's "Do I Love You (Indeed I Do)" b/w "Sweeter As The Days Go By" 7" single. Never officially released by Motown Records at the time it was recorded, this single has long been the holy grail for both Motown and Northern Soul collectors.
Third Man will be reissuing this rare find on purple vinyl exclusively for Record Store Day 2018 as part of their continuing partnership with Motown/Universal. Each Record Store Day exclusive copy is hand-stamped with the inimitable "quality control" rubber stamp used on Motown test pressings and facsimile labels believed to be penned by the hand of famous Motown producer Norman Whitfield. This single will be available at participating Record Store Day retailers as well as both Third Man Records storefronts (the original test pressing will be on display at Third Man's Cass Corridor location), with a black vinyl non-exclusive 7" planned for release in the future.
Frank Wilson is now ultimately best known as a producer at Motown, but he was once an aspiring artist himself. In the lead up to the intended release of "Do I Love You", Motown executive Berry Gordy asked Wilson if he wanted to follow the path of an artist or a writer/producer. Wilson chose producer, and this single was left for dead by the label. But good songs almost always find their way into the canon, and with bootleg copies credited to Eddie Foster in hopes of obfuscating the original artist and origin story, this song became a staple of the British Northern Soul scene after one of the two previously known copies of the record was stolen from Motown in the 1970's. A third pristine test pressing appeared in the recent past at Melodies & Memories in Eastpointe, Michigan, and was subsequently sold by record owners Denise and Dan Zieja to Jack White.
THIRD MAN RECORDS CASS CORRIDOR RECORD STORE DAY EVENTS
10am-3pm - Disc Jockeys
3pm -Stef Chura
5pm - ESCAPE-ISM
Third Man Records Cass Corridor will also be hosting a slate of events on Record Store Day, including performances by Ian Svenonius' ESCAPE-ISM and Stef Chura. See below for the full schedule of events. Please note Third Man Records Nashville location will be open for normal business hours with all TMR RSD exclusive releases available, while supplies last, but live events and entertainment will be focused on their Cass Corridor, Detroit location.
Ian/ESCAPE-ISM: Introduction to Escape-ism shouldn't only be reviewed in the music press but in the "world affairs" column of a conspiracy-minded newspaper, on a hot-rod review TV show, or possibly at an important conference by a renowned astrophysicist. It's that important! Why? Because it's the first "solo" record by Ian Svenonius -- of groups The Make-Up, Chain & the Gang, The Nation of Ulysses, XYZ, Weird War, etc. and author of underground bestsellers such as The Psychic Soviet, Supernatural Strategies for Making a Rock 'n' Roll Group, and Censorship Now!! --and as such, it's profound, prophetic, perverse, and poetic... It's introverted glitter, violence against the state, obsessive desire; it stomps on convention, shreds constitutions, clobbers pre-conceived notions of what a record can be. Yes, that's right: a single-person performance by I.F. Svenonius --recognized by Performer Magazine as the "greatest performer on the planet" -- Introduction to Escape-ism is a bite into a one-banana bunch. A drum box, a guitar, a cassette player, and a single slobbering, sinful voice singing out...for a way out. Live, it's a new paradigm of performance: raw, gestural, idiotic, sublime, revolutionary, poetic, faux naïf, unknowing, a drainage pipe that leads to who knows where.
Stef Chura's debut studio album, Messes, is born of her years of experience playing around the Michigan underground, setting up DIY shows in the area, and moving around the state. "Right when it starts to feel like home/It's time to go," she sings literally on its opening cut, "Slow Motion", a twisty, dim-lit guitar pop song where she curls and stretches every word. There are worlds of emotion in the ways Chura pronounces phrases with twang and grit, alternatingly full of despair, playfulness, and abandon. Chura calls her music "emotional collage," eschewing start-to-finish storylines in favour of writing intuitively about feelings, drawing from experiences and references related to a certain sentiment. Originally from Alpena, Michigan, Chura moved to the Ypsilanti area in 2009, where she began playing shows before ultimately moving to Detroit in 2012. Chura has been home-recording and self-releasing her songs for six years, playing bass in friends' bands as well.