In 1966 drummer Eldee Young and bassist Isaac “Redd” Holt broke away from Ramsey Lewis to form their own combo – YOUNG-HOLT UNLIMITED and working with various piano players they enjoyed a reasonable run of hits. Who doesn’t love their ‘Soulful Strut’, ‘Wack Wack’ and the sweet ‘n lovely ‘California Montage’?
Young Holt were prolific and recorded 11 albums before disbanding in 1974. One of their most revered LPs is their long deleted 1973 ‘Plays Super Fly’. The album was part homage to Curtis Mayfield’s ‘Superfly’ soundtrack and part a selection of covers of pop and soul hits.
As we reported earlier in the year the LIBERATION HALL label will be reissuing a vinyl edition of the album for Record Store Day 2022. You may well remember that RSD was April 23rd but as we all know there has been issues with the vinyl pressing plants, so the RSD organizers have designated June 18th as their “RSD DROPS DAY” – the day when the albums that weren’t ready in April will become available and that’s the day when Young-Holt Unlimited ‘Plays Super Fly’ will be good to go.
If your’e a 70s collector you won’t want to miss it. There are just 9 tracks but each one is classy and slick. Aside from the Mayfield tunes like ‘Superfly’, ’Freddie’s Dead’ and ‘Give Me Your Love’ the other highlights include sweet covers of ‘Could It Be I’m Falling In Love’, ‘People Make The World Go Round’ and ‘They Long to Be Close To You’ .
This reissue comes in classic period packaging capturing the Blaxploitation film sounds and style of the time.(see above) It will be pressed in mellow yellow vinyl and is a limited edition of 2000. Find out more @ https://recordstoreday.com/SpecialRelease/14741