Thursday, January 03, 2013

Bob & Gene
"If the World Were Mine..."(Vinyl)

The stories behind some of these records is getting really amazing.

During the 1960's, in an effort to combat the economic and societal ruins in Buffalo, NY, William Nunn built a home-brew recording studio in his basement and encouraged the youth in his neighborhood to express themselves through music, rather than risk falling in with gangs.

One such youthful duo that did record was Bob and Gene, two teenagers who wrote original tunes and recorded them with area funk/soul musicians.

The album was recorded in 1967 and went unreleased until 2006 when the Brooklyn-based Daptone label released it.
The production and quality are questionable, but once you know the story behind the music, it's hard to resist its infectious, youthful charm.

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