Friday, October 20, 2017

Nathaniel Mayer and His Fabulous Twilights
"I Had A Dream" (Fortune, 1963)
Jonathan Toubin's NY Night Train Party Platter

THE GREAT NATHANIEL MAYER WOULD HAVE TURNED 73 TODAY! The raw rockin' soul sound, in-the-red recording style, and wild intensity on these masterpieces express the NY Night Train aesthetic as much as anything ever cut into wax and if you've been coming to the parties over the years, you'll be familiar with all of these as they never stop turning. While these all are all ripped directly from the original 45s, anyone can tell you that no digitized version such as this, or vinyl reproduction, bootleg, etc, comes close to the unusual feel of an authentic Fortune record. But this is the next best thing! Here's an ordered list of DJ Jonathan Toubin's 13 favorite NAY DAWG Fortune sides (1961 - 1966). Go here for the entire playlist

#1: "I HAD A DREAM" (1963): A fixture in my friend and mentor Billy Miller of Norton Records' DJ sets, Nathaniel Mayer's fifth single blew me away from the minute I heard him play it and is one of the most unique and exciting tracks in recording history.

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