Trying To Become A Millionaire
The California Playboys were Lester Young’s one-time backing band and featured on a number of Young’s releases before striking out in their own right with this super-rare lone album ‘Trying To become A Millionaire’ from 1976. At just 6 tracks it a brief, compact offering but the quality is strong throughout – the album was written by the group with a couple of tracks contributed by Loadstone boss Walter Stone. The thumping title track has an infectious groove, ‘Double’ love has southern touches with a Cali vibe running through while the proto-disco ‘She’s A Real Sweet Woman’ is a sunny, soul drenched dancer. The pacey ‘Just say A Four Letter Word’ is another tough disco influenced number but with that undeniable private press soul vein running through, the expansive, mellow ‘I’ve Got To Find Myself Another Girl’ is a sublime beat ballad that has great vocal interchanges while the funky crossover ‘Turned On For Good’ is a killer way to wrap up this all too short masterpiece. Essential for rare modern soul fans!
01 Trying To Become A Millionaire by The California Playboys
02 Double Love by The California Playboys
03 She’s A Real Sweet Woman by The California Playboys
04 Just Say A Four Letter Word by The California Playboys
05 I’ve Got To Find Myself Another Girl by The California Playboys
06 Turned On For Good by The California Playboys