Teddy & George – The Condor
Teddy Brown & George Hamilton were two refugees from Detroit who trekked to San Francisco in the early 60s. They started singing together in clubs in 1961 & recorded this live album on the Mammoth label in 1963. The show was recorded at the Condor, a nightclub that sat on the corner of Broadway & Columbus in San Francisco’s North Beach area. Backing is provided by the Jokers Three on guitar, bass & drums. This album basically tears it up in an early 60s R&B/Rock & Roll/proto-Soul kind of way. Ending each side are stellar six minute “party cut” versions of “Shout” & “I’ve Got A Woman” but all the other cuts are frentic top notch covers. Included amongst them are versions of “Bye Bye Love”, “Yakity Yak”, “Surfin Bo Diddley” & “Latin Lupe Lu”. Pretty cool throughout, two raw vocalists & a cooking band. Check out “Justine”, the shortest & hence most dial-up friendly track.