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Various - Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace



Eccentric Soul Smarts Palace
Various - Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace
(CD) Numero Group NUM027, 2009-04-21

Smart’s Palace was anything but royal. Beyond the bloodlines of the Smart Brothers and their jester brother Leroy, the only kings and queens to be discovered there were JB and Aretha playing on the Wurlitzer. However, between 1963-1975 the club held court for the entire Wichita, Kansas soul scene. At its heart was Dick Smart, bassist, club owner, DJ, record store owner, promoter, and sole proprietor of the Solo label. Collected here for the first time is the story and songs that came out of this thriving, if not totally unknown scene.

Eccentric Soul Smarts Palace
Various - Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace
(CD) Numero Group NUM027, 2009-04-21

Tracklisting :
01. I'm Not Ashamed - Baby Neal
02. I Was Made To Love Her Theron & Darrell
03. Tell Her - Fred Williams
04. Barefoot Philly - Smart Brothers
05. A Day In The Life - Chocolate Snow
06. Lorraine - Baby Neal
07. Everybody Needs Someone - LT & the Soulful Dynamite...
08. It's Your Love - Theron & Darrell
09. If You Really Love Me - Hard Road
10. Inflation - Chocolate Snow
11. Don't Hate Let's Communicate - Kenneth Carr
12. Herbie's Bag - John Smart's Band
13. The Dance Got Old - Fred Williams
14. I've Got A Funny Feeling - Smart Brothers
15. Crazy About You Baby - LT & the Soulful Dynamite...
16. Mercy Baby - Tim Jacob
17. Dedicated To You - Hard Road
18. Let Me Be Your Christmas Toy - Chocolate Snow
19. It's Like Heaven - Chocolate Snow

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Press Release :
Smart’s Palace was anything but royal. Beyond the bloodlines of the Smart Brothers and their jester brother Leroy, the only kings and queens to be discovered there were JB and Aretha playing on the Wurlitzer. However, between 1963-1975 the club held court for the entire Wichita, Kansas soul scene. At its heart was Dick Smart, bassist, club owner, DJ, record store owner, promoter, and sole proprietor of the Solo label. Collected here for the first time is the story and songs that came out of this thriving, if not totally unknown scene. Housed in Numero’s signature slipcase, the 19 track disc features Theron & Darrell, Baby Neal, Chocolate Snow, L.T. & the Soulful Dynamics, Fred Williams & the Jewels Band, and The Hard Road, on labels like Solo, Kanwic, Vantage, and Lee-Mac, all fully annotated with a ransom of pictures, posters, and ephemera fit for a king.

This photo on the cover of 027 Eccentric Soul: Smart’s Palace almost didn’t get scooped up into our scanning blitz. Dick Smart had it in a frame off to the side and it was only spotted by Judd out of the corner of his eye. What you’re seeing is the Smart Brothers Band with Leroy Smart doing his thing. From the liners:

The Smart Brothers Band stage show may’ve been the most over-the-top act ever seen in Wichita outside of three rings. Their major assets were the antics of John and Leroy Smart, who constantly pushed the envelope of performance. John kept his stunts within the realm of acrobatics: back-flipping at the climactic end of a song, balancing the saxophone on his neck while flipping his torso horizontally, playing multiple horns at once, playing with his hands behind his back, playing with the horn under his leg or upside down, and jumping from table to table to the back of the club while soloing. Sometimes he’d imitate the drum sound by popping the reed of his sax, dueling drummer Charles Rucker in concocting complex polyrhythms. Leroy “Iron Jaw” Smart’s moves were even more unbelievable. He’d warm up with some handstands and back-flips, then jump off the stage into the splits, pick up a table or chair by his teeth and toss it aside. He’d bring an audience member up on stage with his teeth at the belt buckle, spinning the helpless guy around before setting him gently down. The rest of the band had its moments, taking turns at soloing, dancing, and doing their own junior acrobatics, but the main attractions were John and Iron Jaw.
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Melinda Melinda ·  12 November 2009, 05:15

My husband is the lead singer for The Smart's Palace&The Smart's Brothers on this Very Cool CD....He is getting Great Reviews for his Singing!The 1st Song on the Cd is by him(Baby Neal)called"I'm not Ashamed"& check out #18-"Let me be Your Christmas Toy"Some call it "Hippie Soul!"And The Stage Show was very exciting with Leroy Smart acrobatics&backflips.John Smart really did balanced the saxophone&backflipping at the climactic end of a song!If you love the 60's and 70's-This is The CD To get!

becca hanna-kerschen becca hanna-kerschen ·  18 December 2009, 05:00

i heard "barefoot philly dec.12th on KMUW and HAD to research and find out where it came from. i was blown away when i heard it was the SMART BRO's from wichita! i want the vinyl or cd copy or whatever. if anyone can get me one, please call me @ 316-265-6797, or e-mail me @ rakerschen@aol.com. thanks.


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