Format: 7" single, Vinyl
Grady Tate’s cover of the Jon Lucien penned track Lady Love sees its first ever reissue on Expansion, courtesy of Ralph Tee. The original, released on Janus as a promo back in 1974, is an uptempo rendition of Lucien’s tune, a Latin-inflected soul track with a stark percussive backbone that contrasts against sharp orchestral arrangements, soaring strings and a bold horn section, carrying the track towards luxurious musical territories. The incessant pounding of conga drums and deep, crooning vocals make this an ideal summer anthem, a rare and in-demand single which never saw an official commercial release—copies of this Expansion release are also limited. The B, Moondance, sees it’s first incarnation on seven, a cover of the Van Morrison original. It’s a swinging number underlaid with gentle electric keys, further orchestral elements and supple Jazz guitar. In conversation with Ralph, he explained to us the reasoning behind the reissue:
“So, it all started with a conversation with Mark GV Taylor of Reference Point: ‘Do you know anyone who has a Grady Tate 7” Lady Love promo single in decent condition for sale? It’s the song penned by Jon Lucien’.
Sometime after our conversation the man himself, Gilles Peterson then dropped it as his last record in his Boiler Room x Dommune x Technics: A celebration of 50 years of the SL-1200 set and so it snowballed from there. We did some research and found out that to try and find this promotional track in form of good condition was exceedingly rare!
So here we now are, with Diplomats of Soul & Expansion Records proud to announce the first official release (from the actual master tapes) of the Grady Tate cover of the Jon Lucien classic ‘Lady Love’ with the in demand, first time 7” release of ‘Moondance’ as the B side!
Why this never got an official release back in 1974 nobody seems to know, and we will not attempt to describe this version as no words can really do it justice, if you have not heard it then once you do you will understand why we are so excited!”
01 Lady Love by Grady Tate
02 Moondance by Grady Tate