Harvey Scales - Giving U What U Want

Side A - Giving U What U Want
Side B - I’d Be A Fool (To Fool Around)

Catalogue # SJ513

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Harvey Scales - Giving U What U Want

Release Date: Monday January 9th 2012

Harvey Scales is one of soul music’s most enduring characters. Respected by all his peers with whom he has been associated with as either, a songwriter, producer or performer.

Harvey’s career began in the early 60’s in his hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he initially began working with the Moorer family who later became better known as the” Esquires”. Harvey’s first recording “The Clock” (credited to “Twistin’ Harvey”) appeared on the Local Sauk City Cuca label in 1963. In the same year Harvey with his lifelong friend Al Vance formed the Group known as Harvey Scales and The Seven Sounds.

A further 3 releases appeared on the Cuca label with “Glamour Girl” being the most notable before Harvey and The Seven Sounds joined Lenny Lacour’s Magic Touch Label in 1968. During two spells with Lacour the Seven Sounds recorded 8 releases, with the likes of “Trackdown” and “Trying To Survive” still being highly sort after to this day.

An earlier Magic Touch release “Get Down” secured Harvey and the group a stint as the resident house band at one of Detroit’s most popular nightspots during the 60’s, the famous Phelps Lounge. It was here that Harvey was introduced to Groovesville Records label owner Don Davis.

Davis signed Harvey to his United Sound Studios as a songwriter and producer. This relationship was to prove highly productive for both parties with Harvey eventually receiving national recognition as the co-writer on Johnny Taylor’s 1976 Platinum hit for Columbia Records “Disco Lady”.

Further solo Harvey Scales releases can be found on the Cadet Concept, Chess, Mercury, Stax, Casablanca, Kashgold and Washington Hit Makers Labels. Harvey did form his own Earthtone label in1985 releasing just one single “Spend The Nite Forever/Single Girls”.

Harvey Scales - Giving U What U Want

Recently Harvey together with another lifelong friend Jesse James have been involved in the production of Millie Jackson’s current release “Let’s Get A Room Somewhere” Harvey also featured as a co-writer along with Johnny Mills on Jesse’s 1987 hit “I Can Do Bad All By Myself”.

In 1998 Harvey recorded the Home Of The Blues cd album and it’s from this album that we at Soul Junction have taken the Bobby Womack inspired “Giving U What U Want” for our next 45 release. The flipside “I’ve Been A Fool (To Fool Around) is a previously unissued leftfield track from the late 80’s.

Harvey Scales - Giving U What U Want

Harvey Scales - Giving U What U Want

Harvey Scales performing Live at the 2011 Porretta Soul Festival, Italy.
Photo's courtesy of Harry Grundy @ www.therighttrack.org.uk