Nolan Porter ‘If I Could Only Be Sure’

To finish June off (it’s the end of June, what happened there?It seems like only yesterday we were under two foot of snow), here’s another from earlier postee Nolan (N.F.) Porter, this time with the equally wonderful If Only I Could Be Sure. Somewhat surprisingly Nolan is backed here by two of former Frank Zappa’s Mother’s Of Invention in the rhythm section and Lowell George of Little Feat on guitar. This is late 60s slinky, funky, gritty soul/r’n’b, with a pleading vocal, and is utterly cool.

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N.F. Porter ‘Keep On Keeping On’

Nolan (N.F.) Porter’s 1971 northern soul scorcher Keep On Keeping On, ripped from Across the Kitchen Table Drew’s own vinyl. Thanks Drew. This is a Bagging Area (living room) floor filler. I can’t stop playing it.

Spotter fact- Joy Division tried to cover it for an early demo they did for RCA but it didn’t work out. According to Bernard Sumner ‘we tried to do it but we were always fucking hopeless at cover versions’. They learnt the guitar riff though, and used it for Interzone on Unknown Pleasures.

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