Today with just a little song in between ... from James & Bobby Purify's self-titled debut album (released in 02/1967).
You Left The Water Running«, »A Change Is Gonna Come«, »I've Been Loving You Too Long«) including a Motown tune (»Hitch Hike«), but they are all close sound-alikes to the originals and the Purifys are unable, to my mind, to add to those songs the neces- sary something to make their cover versions stand out in their own right. No big suprise, therefore, that the LP didn't fulfill whatever expectations were placed in it even though Bell proudly reported a sales figure of 30,000 in April (see Billboard, April 8, 67, p. 10). After that, nothing more is heard of this album.
This said, there is one nice tune that has the Purifys dueting a bit differently from their usual style, i.e. more in a counterpoint fashion (at least in some portions of the song) and less tending towards close harmony or merging their voices into one. The song had already been released, in January '67, on their second Bell 45' and then re-appeared on their first album. Here it is:
James & Bobby Purify: »Wish You Didn't Have To Go« from the Bell LP # 6003 (1967):
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