Nature’s Time – The Way I See It – Far Out


I am basically posting up this 45 to see if anyone can chime in with more info about it. Apparently it is pretty uncommon & seems for me to be ungoogleable. One thing that really bugs the hell out of me is when I find a record but don’t know the story behind it. I don’t know what it is about me, but some of the stories associated with music & record collecting really grab me & I have often found myself wondering what was up with this 45 when I have given it play.

The two tracks are the instrumental ‘The Way I See It – Far Out’ & the vocal ‘I Can’t Play Your Game’. ‘The Way I See It’ is funky, while ‘I Can’t Play’ is a jazzier/bluesier offering. The instrumental is definitely the standout, while although not all bad, the vocal cut does not reach the same level.

What I have gathered about this record from a few other people over the year or so since I found it is that the record was pressed in Arizona. That is it unfortunately. The label itself gives little more to go on. Both sides were written by a Charles McGowan whose initials probably formed the name of the label CEM (speculating here though). Another thing a few people brought to my attention is that it is known because Dante Carfagna played it a while back.

Being in New Zealand really tends to seperate you from the rest of the soul/funk 45 collecting scene & since there are very few people I have met here that collect soul/funk 45s with the same voracity I do, sometimes it feels like I am collecting in a vacuum. So the inevitable “How the hell did a copy of this 45 make it all the way to the bottom of the world?” is one of the things that I wonder about too. The plain fact is that whenever the local store here gets a lot of 45s in I put in hours going through them to pull out the soul/funk ones. At some stage around a year ago they got in what must have been 50,000 45s that came in a shipping container from the US along with boxes upon boxes of LPs. Of course there are thousands of dross 45s but every now & then you get lucky. I don’t really know what made me pick this 45 out of a box that was probably otherwise full of country 45s (maybe the phrase “Far Out” got me interested), but the moment I needle dropped it I knew it was a sound that was right up my alley. Over the last 12 months I have begun to realise that my record karma must have been pretty on point that day. But truthfully, when I coughed up the $2 along with a bunch of other $2 45s I bought in bulk that day, I had no idea what I had found, just that I knew I liked the music. Let’s face it, when things are said & done what more is record collecting than finding great songs on a format that you love & little scores like this are what keeps your faith in record hunting intact.

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82 Comments

  • Wow….I dig this a lot….never heard of it.

  • This is awesome. Love the instrumental. Anyone want to hazard a guess as to when this was released? Early ’70s?

  • Excellent! Thanks for sharing!
    The 45 is mentioned here:
    http://domain745625.sites.fasthosts.com/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2209&start=0

    Perhaps you could try and get in touch with “beaver” and ask if he knows something about it?

  • Definitely a white lounge group with expansion on their minds. The record was pressed at Wakefield in Phoenix, but that does not mean the band was local to that city. From somewhere in the Southwest is a likely guess. After many letters and phone calls, Charles E. McGowan where are you?

  • That instrumental cut was real nice. Thanks for giving us the chance to hear it, my friend.

  • thx for posting this, I’ve been enjoying this since Dante played it on his WFMU appearance…now what I really wanna know is who is shipping of american 45s to NZ, haha. peace, M

  • heard this on the wfmu show.. “unspeakably great.” thanks..

  • Such a standoud stoner instrumental, you feel the shiver when that last echoed guitar lick kicks inn. Dante find us a box!

  • wow, this is the reason i myself & so many other cats do this… sickness! that bassline just lures you in. very nice track(s)

  • sup kris, i know this post is really old, but I guess I was wondering if you ever found out anything about this particular record. i think it’s freaking amazing and would love to know more.
    thanks.

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