Noah Biggs’ Virginia based Shiptown and related labels like How Big are undergoing a bit of a very welcome renaissance thanks to Noah’s son Howard, and Garry Cape in the UK. Nat Fross was one of the more obscure singers whom Biggs recorded, with just this one 45 issued. The top side “Too Many Skeletons In The Closet” is a pleasant mid paced soul tune with just a hint of funk that keeps the interest up, but as is so often the case, I prefer the ballad flip. Sweetest Girl In The Whole Wide World has a much more impressive Fross vocal – dig those falsetto touches – and some well-judged harmony vocals behind him. The whole thing has a rather charming feel that grows on you with each play.
You can read more about Howard Biggs’ efforts to revive Shiptown at his website here.
Too many skeletons in the closet / Sweetest girl in the whole wide world ~ HOW BIG 203-931 (mid 60s?)