Joe Williams Jr
I’d say that Triode was one of the most interesting of New York labels in the 60s, with releases ranging from funk, like the Ron McCain through group ballad tracks like those from the Founders, the Showstoppers and the excellent Connie McGill & The Visions to the toughest of soul like this teriffic 45 from the obscure Joe Williams Jr. The top side is a hard funky blues on which Williams shows some hoarse gritty chops. But the revelation is Part 2. After a really sensational righteous intro Don’t Let Me Catcha Jody eases into the track's rhythmic riff over which Joe chants and groans his tale about the various misdeeds of the mythical Jody Rider. What an amazing gutteral vocal this is – tough or what? I love it – astonishing that tracks as rough as this were still being made in the Big Apple after 1970.
Don’t let me catcha Jody Pt 1 / Don't let me catcha Jody Pt 2 – TRIODE 119 (1971/2)