In memory of Johnny Peret

In memory of Johnny Peret
In memory of my friend Johnny Peret, vibist, drummer, accordeonist extraordinaire

Friday, October 12, 2012


MERL SAUNDERS TRIO & BIG BAND America Records – 30 AM 6093, France - 196? - (Fantasy / Galaxy)

My all-time favourite Merl Saunders album.  Not an easy one to find. My copy is the french pressing on America Records.

No details of the personnel on the sleeve except that the big band arrangements are by Ray Shanklin.

Any additional info on the personnel would be much appreciated.

A1 Soul Roach 2:20
A2 Lonesome Fever 3:55
A3 I Pity The Fool 3:12
A4 Up, Up And Away 2:28
A5 Ode To Billy Joe 3:25
B1 My Train 2:37
B2 Angel Eyes 4:42
B3 Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby 4:41
B4 Tighten Up 2:26
B5 Soul Grooving 2:31


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  3. Boogieman

    Mediafire indicate: This file has been identified as a copyright protected work and cannot be distributed using MediaFire.

    Could You repost?

    Thank You


  4. Dear Boogieman, thanks a lot for all your posts especially those rarities you offer from european musicians.
    I don't know about Merl Saunders but here are the information biven by Walter Bruyninckx's jazz discography :

    Merl Saunders - Soul groovin' (Galaxy 8209)

    Big band incl. Ray Shanklin (as,arr), Merl Saunders (org) Johnny Bishop (g) Jimmy Daniels (b) Eddie Moore or Bill Elliott (d) + The Ray Charles Big Band (*) : no details
    San Francisco, Ca., 1967

    Soul roach (*)
    Lonesome fever (*)
    I pity the fool (*)
    Up, up and away (*)
    Ode to Billy Joe
    My train
    Angel eyes
    Is you is or is you ain't my baby
    Tighten up
    Soul groovin'

    Note : Entire session also on America (F)30AM6098.

  5. First time it happens to me. How could we infringe copyrights when this album has never been re-issued in 45 years (at least to the best of my knowledge)?
    Here is a new link:

    I'll delete the link if the album is re-issued.

  6. Boogieman from AMG. I found this
    Big Band Arrangements by: Ray Shanklin:
    Merl Saunders, Composer, Keyboards, Organ, Primary Artist, Producer, Vocals;
    Tony Saunders Arranger, Bass, Composer, Fender Rhodes, Keyboards, Mixing, Producer, Vocals (Background);
    Rev. Ron Stallings Saxophone, Vocals (Background);
    Skip Mesquite, Alex Murzyn, Ron Graham, Saxophone;
    Ed Neumeister, Trombone;
    Jeff Lewis, Mic Gillette, Trumpet;
    Larry Batiste, Producer, Vocal Arrangement, Vocals (Background);
    Nicolas Bearde, Vocals, Vocals (Background);
    Huey Lewis, Maria Muldaur, Pamela Rose, Glenn Walters, Mavis Staples, Barry Melton, Vocals;
    Tina Bryant, Piano, Strings;
    Justine Betschart, Viola, Vocals;
    Peter Horvath, Keyboards, Synthesizer Pads;
    Ray Chew, Piano;
    Melvin Seals, Organ;
    Bill Thompson, Keyboards;
    Norton Buffalo, Harmonica;
    Jeanie Tracy Vocals, Vocals (Background);
    Vernon "Ice" Black, Steve Kimock, Tim Landis, Carl Lockett, Bonnie Raitt, Guitar;
    Michael Warren, Bass;
    Vince Littleton, Larry Vann, Robbyn Rhodes, Muruga, Dean Johnson, Ron E. Beck, Drums;
    Dick Bright, DJ;
    James Levi, James Henry, Mike Fellows Percussion.
    Label: Summertone Records CD,(RE)2004;(He had his own record label, Sumertone Records(named for his children Susan, Merl Jr., and Tony).~ Wikipedia

  7. Boogieman

    Thank You for your great work and for the repost.


  8. Thanks Pablito and OldHippieRick for the extensive discographical info.

  9. New link: