The small but lively soul Phoenix soul scene of the 60s isn't very well known but apart from Eddie & Ernie perhaps the best of the southern/deep 45s from that part of the world is this peach from Lon Rogers. Too Good To Be True starts with a great chuckle a la Joe Tex from Mr Rogers who then turns his gruff throaty vocals onto the main event of the song, shouting out his surprise and joy. The background of rhythm section and horns do a fine job but the emphasis quite rightly is on Lon's superb performance. Great bridge too.
Producer Mike Lenaburg presided over many of the soul recordings in the locale, and the variety of his output - not to mention the strange sounds that often appeared on vinyl - make the fact that he has been the subject of a CD from those nice people at Eccentric Soul totally appropriate.
Too good to be true / My girl's a soul girl ~ RAMCO 2001 (1968)
Noye ~ Both sides of this 45 have been reissued by Numero Uno on their Eccentric Soul series of CDs entitled "Mighty Mike Lenaburg".