6 Dec 2022

USA

hot damn -Mike

DAMN SAM THE MIRACLE MAN & THE SOUL CONGREGATION! The name alone (Don't judge a book by its cover) will give you just a hint of what you are to experience. Yes! this time you're right when the "cover of the book" just lives up to it, and it this case, it's an understatement! This is mad, fierce and truly raw FUNK in its best ever independent and down to earth form you would ever longed for as a "Funkateer". The whole album from start to finish (except one track) is one big odyssey of what true funk was (earthly raw soul with JAMES BROWN's "on the one"), and what funk would ever be remembered as! This early masterpiece of funk is a real GEM! The CD edition includes a modern soul MONSTER....(I've Got It)! -Noobman

'Repress of RARE hard funky soul album from early 70s titans Damn Sam The Miracle Man. Damn Sam is actually a group -- spearheaded by vocalist OC Tolbert -- a man with a roaring voice and righteous delivery that could tear through brick -- and producer Jack Taylor. After meeting the producer "Jack Taylor", O.C "the Miracle Man" Tolbert and Jack gathered some other musicans out of Detroit in order to create their "Soul congregation". Their music sounds like a fierce raw funk, pummeling funky drums and snapping electric congo without forgetting a nice roaring voice. O.C. and Jack have only released one album together, however, they have also recorded singles and 12" for other labels using name of tolbert or rev. o.c. tolbert and the blues congregation or king diamond. This album consists of many Heavy Funk tracks such as "BJ", "Give Me Another Joint", "Let Me Be Your Only Man", ... and also the soulful "Poor Mary".'

'Grey-area reissue of O.C. Wright's super rare 1970 funk album featuring "Jack Taylor producing; Ben Littles directing music; Love Star Music, writing lyrics; O.C., A.J. Branham and Rudy Thompson on vocals; Dave Newton, drums; Greg Whitfield, electric congos/bongos; Tony Trice, bass; Tobby Childs, guitar; Johnathan Scott, lead guitar; Ben James; keyboards Good Sister, tambourine; Ben Littles, trombone/trumpet; Lewellen Sutherland, tenor sax; and Richard "Sonny Bobby" Dilligard, trumpet."'


O.C. 'THE MIRACLE MAN' TOLBERT
 
First, let's straighten out this mysterious band "Damn Sam Miracle Man and The Soul congregation"?

The man is O.C. “Arthur Cleveland” Tolbert, also known like « The Miracle Man » or tolbert or damn sam the miracle man and the soul congregation or rev. o.c. tolbert and the blues congregation or king diamond or "The Tolbert Family Singers featuring Brother O C Tolbert" !!!
Don’t mistake O.C. Tolbert for other soul funk artists such as israel tolbert or « Joni Tolbert”, the female singer of CJ & Co.

The hereunder records hasn’t pretend to list the full discography of O.C. Tolbert. However, you could listen to different samples of his music ranging from the raw Gospel Funk to the Mellow Soul. Besides, if you have further information about this artist, feel free to give it us !

As marvin gaye, his father was a roving preacher and he went from church to church preaching the word in Alabama, and he always had our boy by his side. When O.C. was ten he was singer enough to lead the choirs at the churches where his father would preach.

O.C. had a natural talent for singing, but he found that, like his father, he had the talent of getting people to join in and participate in the festivities. He sang and played gospel music at a nursing home for a period of time in Selma, Alabama (where he was born) at the same time appearing on TV every Sunday. He developed the residents of the nursing home into such a good choir that they appeared on TV with him every other Sunday.

O.C. was a man determined to conquer all worlds, so, in 1966, he decided to start singing rhythm and blues. In 1967, he went to Detroit to find fame. He was told by a well known large record company to come for an audition a year later. He immediately disliked large record companies and went to a small one, and recorded, but...

Then he met a mover, who was very much like himself. The man? Jack Taylor, of course! Together they released many recordings on different label out of Detroit or NYC among which Jack’s labels such as « Tay-ster », « Rolyat Production », « Power house », « New Day » et « Rojac Records », and most likely other ones like Kent (UK), …

Regarding the OC Tolbert‘s discography, we can identify 2 main periods, on the one hand from the 70s with his raw funk sound like on his album damn sam the miracle man and the soul congregation and on the other hand, from the 80s with his pure modern soul singles on « Rojac Records» among which his ultra rare single « I’ve got it » that it has already sold at more than US$ 4,000 !!! -Groove Collector


Damn Sam The Miracle Man & The Soul Congregation – Damn Sam The Miracle Man & The Soul Congregation

Label: Tay-Ster – TS-0001
Format: Digital, CD, Album, Reissue
Country: US
Released: 1970, Reissue Nov 2006
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Funk, Disco

1. Give Me Another Joint 4:10
2. Let Me Be Your Only Man 4:40
3. L.A. 26000 3:05
4. Poor Mary 3:55
5. Damn Sam The Miracle Man 3:43
6. Smash 3:47
7. Music Makes You Feel All Right 3:30
8. B.J. 3:10
9. Rainy Night In Georgia 5:10
10. Sonny B. 3:30
CD Bonus Songs
11. You Gotta Hold On Me 3:25
12. Hard Times 3:10
13. Lucky Man 3:55
14. I've Got It 3:39
15. Got To Be Free 7:30

Digital Bonus Tracks
KD-024
Damn Sam The Miracle Man and the Soul Congregation came out on tay-ster records in 1970 and producer "Jack Taylor", O.C "the Miracle Man" Tolbert and Jack gathered some other musicans out of Detroit in order to create their "Soul Congregation". Their music sounds like a fierce raw funk, pummeling funky drums and snapping electric congo without forgetting a nice roaring voice. 

Hard Times is a unreleased cut off of the Damn Sam The Miracle Man Recordings and get's it's first release on Kay-Dee on 45, where as Smash gets a kenny dope re-edit straight for the b-boy's and breakbeat dj's.

1. Hard Times 2:59
2. Smash Pt.2 4:16

Credits
Bass – Tony Trice
Congas [Electric], Bongos [Electric] – Greg Whitfield
Drums – Dave Newton
Guitar – Tobby Childs
Keyboards – Ben James
Lead Guitar – Johnathan Scott
Music Director – Ben Littles
Producer – Jack Taylor
Tambourine – Good Sister
Tenor Saxophone – Lewellen Sutherland
Trombone, Trumpet – Ben Littles
Trumpet – Richard "Sonny Bobby" Dilligard
Vocals – A.J. Branham, O.C. Tolbert, Rudy Thompson

Notes
Credits are mentioned in the booklet "The O.C. Tolbert Story".