Ural Thomas – Can You Dig It... Live! -1968- Funk Soul -Very Rare ! (vinyl)
Ural Thomas – Can You Dig It... Live! -1968- Funk Soul Rare ! (vinyl)
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Just a few blocks from the North Portland home he built using mostly recycled and scavenged materials, Thomas entered Mississippi Records in search of an LP. "I think it might have been Curtis Mayfield," he says.
Quickly, Thomas struck up a conversation with Mississippi Records owner Eric Isaacson. He mentioned the 45 RPM singles he had cut decades before. Isaacson not only found the Mayfield LP, but Thomas' two singles as well. Isaacson presented them to the creator, who hadn't seen them in years.
Isaacson wasn't done. In 2011, Mississippi Records put out two more of Thomas' early singles on 45. While copies moved among connoisseurs, Thomas and his recordings remained in relative obscurity, both in Portland and beyond.
Spinning records as DJ Cooky Parker, Scott Magee was also in search of rare and ripping 45s—particularly 1950s and '60s soul, R&B, and funk. When Isaacson showed Magee the Thomas 45s, Magee couldn't believe his ears.
"I just thought it was amazing that there was a guy that lived here now, who is still alive, who grew up here, that made a record that sounds like the records I love," says Magee.
At that time, Magee had hit a wall after years drumming in bands like Loch Lomond and Y La Bamba. Yet even upon discovering Thomas' singles, Magee didn't imagine what would come next. Instead, the idea of forming a group behind Thomas was Isaacson's. And when Magee heard Thomas might be interested, he went about building a band. A big one....
|A1||The Right Time||2:45|
|A2||Can You Dig It?||2:35|
|A3||Pain Is The Name Of Your Game||4:20|
|A5||The Fade Away||2:50|
|B2||I Love You||3:40|
|B3||The Thing In G||2:50|