The Exotics originated in Orangeburg, SC but recorded their two 45s for Excello in Nashville. Neither side of the first 45 has anything like the power of their second release. The harmony vocals from John Riley and Joe Lindsay on the uptempo stomper “Let Me Be A Part Of You” work pretty well but the other side is something else - one of soul music's secrets that will astonish those who are hearing it for the first time. Riley’s lead on hs own Let's ListenTry To Build A Love Affair is arguably the closest we'll ever get to a new Otis Redding track. The similarities of phrasing and mannerisms are uncanny and the style of the production from Bob Holmes, with the combination organ/ guitar, and the build-up to the climax is straight from the Stax studios as well.  Why weren't more sides cut on this group? And why didn’t Riley become a star?


Boogaloo investigator / I won’t ever stop loving you ~ EXCELLO 2284 (1967)
ListenLet’s try to build a love affair / Let me be a part of you ~ EXCELLO 2292 (1968)

Note ~ "Let's try to build a love affair" can be found on the Ace UK CD "The Heart Of Southern Soul Vol 2".

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