Skip and the Creations


Band members               Related acts

- Brute --

- Jeffrey -- 

- Rick --

- Skip --

- Walter --

 

 

- none known

 

 

 


 

Genre: garage

Rating: **** (4 stars)

Title:  MOBAM

Company: Justice

Catalog: JLP-152

Year: 1967

Country/State: Colonial Beach, Virginia

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG+

Comments: small amount of age spotting on cover

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 4907

Price: $300.00

Cost: $163.94

 

Hailing from Colonial Heights, Virginia (or at least that's where there fan club was located), Skip and the Creations were neither the best, nor the worst of the Justice recording roster. Most critics aren't that hot on them, but to my ears they come pretty close to The Fugitives, or even Mod and the Rockers.  

 

1967's "MOBAM" (the acronym reportedly stood for 'makers of bad assed music') isn't a major departure from the standard Justice catalog.  Like many of the other Justice acts, the album showcased an extremely young group working their way through a mix of then-popular pop and soul hits.  Unlike some of the other Justice bands, to some extent Skip and company managed to overcome their limited musical proficiency with a mix of enthusiasm and audacity. Their cause wasn't hurt by the fact that Skip was a pretty good singer with a penchant for handling the band's numerous soul covers.  Among the highlight were his performances on the frantic opener 'Respectable', an extremely raw 'Ninety-Nine and a Half' (love the attempt someone makes at a guitar solo) and 'Try Me'.  Unlike a lot of other Justice acts they also had a drummer who could actually keep time.  The band's reliance on a rinky-dink organ as lead instrument was also kind of neat and differentiated them from a lot of the competition. The stabbing Hammond on 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry' actually reminded me a little of something out of the early Percy Sledge catalog - pretty impressive comparison.  Best of the lot was the sole band original 'I'm Calling You Baby'.  Moody and surprisingly hard rocking, the song reminds me of a radio hit by another band, but for the life of me I can't figure out what.  Anyone out there know?  Let me know ...  Sure, it didn't always work - check out their painful cover of 'Harlem Shuffle', but there were enough qualified successes to make the album entertaining.   Sonically flat and somewhat muddy, like most Justice albums, this one doesn't enjoy what you'd call state-of-the-art sound.  On the other hand, that patented muddy sound is probably part of the catalog's endearing charm.

 

Bet they were a pretty good live act ...

 

'MOBAM" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Respectable

2.) I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry

3.) Harlem Shuffle

4.) Ninety-Nine and a Half

5.) Double Shot

 

(side 2)
1.) I Go Crazy

2.) I'm Calling You Baby

3.) Try Me

4.) Turn On Your Love Light

5.) Gimme Some Lovin'

6.) Terry


 


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