Today’s trip is brought to you by Athens of the North, who have resurrected the original version of the classic Miami soul record by Milton Wright Friends and Buddies. This classic record, which fetches some coin in its original state, was recorded first by Wright then shelved, the masters destroyed in a fire. However, a few promo copies slipped away at the time, and are coveted among soul collectors. A tough record to get. This original version of the classic, a lot looser and folkier, is the record in its first inception. Standing up up with greats like Marvin Gaye and Terry Callier, Friends and Buddies is soul music people, true soul music. Wright’s jazzy infused guitar has something for everyone, whether it is a mellow session or dance floor time, he had it covered. A lost record by an artist who almost was forgotten due to the success of the label’s other acts (aka KC and the Sunshine Band), his genius can not be denied. Some of his best work was shelved, redone, or lost in a fire, including the recently reissued Spaced from Jazzman Records. All the tracks are there, like we said, a bit looser, but just beautiful in their own right. We are fond of the first versions of “Friends and Lovers” (move it on the floor baby), “Black Man” (sweeter than honey), and “Get No Loving Tonight” (warm and inviting track), among others. This reissue is a gem. With high quality art work and cut at Timmion Cutting Laboratory in Finland, it deserves a spot in your collection. The liner notes also feature Wright in his own words, so you get the true story right from the artist. If you’re a soul lover, this not only deserves to be in your record shelves, it is required soul music. Don’t sleep.
Get the record here.