No Label (USA, 1967/8)
independent label -
10" EP - ....
Peter Criss (as Peter Criscuola) (drums, percussion)
Angelo Opper (bass)
Joey Lucenti (guitars, vocals)
Pepi Genneralli (keyboards)
Tommy Ventimiglia (horns, brass)
Unreleased demo recording 10" acetate.
The songs are covers recorded by the Sounds Of Soul during 1967.
All of the songs had been hits during the mid 1960s, and were probably representative of the material that the band performed. "Since I Fell For You" had been a hit for Lenny Welch in 1963 when it reached #4 on the charts. "Respect" had been made famous by the arrangement that Aretha Franklin took to #1 in 1967. However, the original writer/performer, Otis Redding only managed a minor hit with the song in 1965 when it reached #35 on the singles charts. Aretha's version has the distinct "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" section, unlike Otis' original. Sounds of Soul covered the original arrangement. "My Girl" really needs no introduction, though it is somewhat ironic that Ace Frehley's post-KISS band, Frehley's Comet, would also later cover this Smokey Robinson song - it wouldn't make it past demo stage either.