Wasting my life away - CAROL 104

Milton Marlin

Milton Marlin hailed from South Georgia, and seems to have recorded first for Atlanta entrepreneur Bill Haney. Haney leased the one 45 he cut on him to the Nashville based Carol  label. The superb ballad ListenWasting My Life Away with its early, almost R & B approach, and marvellous “open” arrangement is a perfect vehicle for Marlin’s tenor voice. The very lively flip is well worth investigating too. Marlin recorded for a couple of Jesse Boone related labels and of the sides cut I think ListenHere I Yam, a very good example of strutting southern funk, very well produced by Bobby Marchan may just be the pick, although the big band  ballad ListenI Won't Make You Cry No More has a lot to commend it. Sadly his versions of "How Can You Mend A Broken Heart" and "you Send Me" are too mawkish for my taste.


I won't make you cry no more - BRUBOON 500 Here I yam - SOUL-PO-TION 116

UPDATE ~ Rev Jon Gray has kindly written with the very sad news that "my Uncle Milton Marlin who recorded the tune "Wasting my life away" ...passed away on Saturday november 10th, 2012." Yet another god man sadly gone.


ListenWasting my life away / Working on a new love ~ CAROL 104 (1965)
ListenHere I yam / How You send me ~ SOUL POTION 115 (late 60s?)
Here I yam / How can you mend a broken heart ~ SOUL POTION 116 (late 60s?)
ListenI won't make you cry no more / I fell in love ~ BRUBOON 500


Note ~ "Wasting my life away" can be found on the Kent UK CD "Bill Haney's Atlanta Soul Brotherhood Vol 2".



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