A real oddball obscurity this one. It’s the only disc I know by Charley Wynn and it was cut for Charlie Julien’s Jim Gem label. Julien was better known as Jimmy Jules from New Orleans who made some fine southern soul himself for Carnival, Abet and Gamble. In the 70s Jules was in Colorado recording highly sought after funk – but this disc was certainly cut before then. The matrix number suggests a New Orleans location and the groove on the funky flip has certain Crescent City touches. In any event I don’t think there was a soul band like this in Colorado Springs in 1968!
It’s You I Love is a fine deep soul side, with great plonking triplet piano and a big juicy horn section and Wynn gives it everything he’s got to very good effect. Before I heard the 45 I presumed Wynn was another of Jules’ pseudonyms like "Pistol" but it certainly isn’t him – his voice was in a higher register than this. A mystery to be sure.
It's you I love / Action time ~ JIM GEM No# (1968)