JJ Barnes – Chains of Love b/w September Asbury 45 Sessions


Mr. J.J. Barnes


Listen – Chains of Love MP3″

Greetings all.

As much as I hate to say it, this will be the last post this week* as I’ll be joining my Asbury Park 45 Sessions compadres for another smoking soul session this Friday, September 14th at the World Famous Asbury Lanes.

There will be a couple of special guests this time around, including a debut area set by the mighty Vincent from Fufu Stew.
This will also be the debut of the Asbury Park 45 Sessions internet simulcast. The entire show will be streaming live on the interwebs, and archived henceforth for latecomers and repeat players alike. I’m extremely excited about this new wrinkle in the AP45 story, and I hope that those of you that can’t make it in person will hop on the web to join our little e-allnighter.
I know I say this every time, but the Asbury Park 45 Sessions crew brings some serious heat, and the Asbury Lanes are a very groovy hang, complete with cold beer, hot tater tots and even hotter people. If you are within a reasonable distance, it behooves you to fall on by and join the party.
I hope to see you there.
Now…I wouldn’t come back to close out the week without whipping a bit of soul onto the blog to hold you until Friday, so, that said, I present to you a very heavy, very groovy 45 from the legendary J.J. Barnes.
This is an especially appropriate choice as today’s selection; ‘Chains of Love’ was part of my set list from the last 45 Sessions.
If you aren’t familiar with the name, J.J. Barnes is one of the great Detroit soul voices of the 60’s. His mid-60’s discography, for Ric-Tic, Groovesville and Revilot (among many other labels) is filled with classic sides, many of which (especially ‘Real Humdinger’ and ‘Our Love Is in the Pocket’) are held close to the hearts of Northern Soul fans. So much so that Barnes, who is largely – and unjustly – forgotten Stateside, has a huge following in the UK.
‘Chains of Love’, which was released by Groovesville in 1967 is a fantastically tough side. Barnes’ vocal is very heavy, and the placement of the piano and tambourine high in the mix makes the record a solid dancer (thus the Northern love). It’s one of those soul sides that verily grabs you by the lapels and drags you out onto the floor. Once you’re out there, if the beat isn’t enough to make you move, Barnes voice is sure to seal the deal.
I hope you dig the tune, and that I get to meet some of you this Friday. The doors open at 8:00PM, and much groovy wax will be spun.

*Unless I get it together to post a recap, which is pretty much a certainty.

PS There’s some groovy garage punk up over at Iron Leg




Wow…I just heard that James Brown right hand man and serious soul/funk artist in his own right Bobby Byrd passed away. Byrd – in addition to adding vocals to a number of James Brown records – recorded a grip of very hot 45s on his own, including ‘Hot Pants, I’m Coming’. I don’t have anything digitized and ready to go, but I will have something of Bobby’s up in the next few weeks. Sad news indeed.


I also heard that New Orleans soul/funk great Willie Tee (Wilson Turbinton) died. Willie had a bunch of 45s under his own name (‘Thank You John’), as well as some great funky stuff with the Gaturs. His brother Earl, saxophonist with the Gaturs passed away in the last few months. I just happened to have a Gaturs tune up on the server already, so dig it, and raise a glass in memory of Bobby Byrd and Willie Tee.


5 Responses to “JJ Barnes – Chains of Love b/w September Asbury 45 Sessions”

  1. fleamarketfunk Says:

    i will bring the heat.

  2. Jason X Says:

    Hey Larry,
    I’ve been away from the Blogisphere for a while and decided to check you out after a long dry spell…..still going strong I see (I’m diggin’ Iron Leg, I was thinking on doing a Garage/Psyche Freakbeat Blog as well), although I’m wondering, was it coincidence that I posted JJ Barnes “Baby Come Back Home” on Transworld last night to find your excellent Groovesville slice of vinyl posted today? LOL, anyway, it’s great to hear your track, and I am also truly sorry to hear the passing of Mr. Byrd. I posted “Keep On Doin’ What You’re Doin” on SHINDIGGIT a while back….maybe I should bring it back to the top in remembrance…Keep The Faith

    Jason X

  3. calypsotiger Says:

    This song was covered by the Dirtbombs, that’s how I got to know it. Thanks for posting the original ! I usually like the originals much better, but I must admit that the Dirtbombs’ version is pretty good !
    You can get it here : http://www.pinglewood.com/2007/June/Pushin_Weight.html

    It’s from their album Ultraglide In Black – mostly covers
    Tracklisting and original performers:
    “Chains of Love” 2:21 J.J. Barnes, M. Davis, D. Davis J.J. Barnes
    2 “If You Can Want” 2:57 Smokey Robinson The Miracles
    3 “Underdog” 3:35 Sly Stone Sly & the Family Stone
    4 “Your Love Belongs Under a Rock” 2:20 Mick Collins The Dirtbombs
    5 “I’ll Wait” 3:00 George Clinton The Parliaments
    6 “Living For the City” 3:07 Stevie Wonder Stevie Wonder
    7 “The Thing” 2:02 Larry Bright Larry Bright
    8 “Kung-Fu” 5:42 Curtis Mayfield Curtis Mayfield
    9 “Ode to a Black Man” 3:38 Phil Lynott Phil Lynott
    10 “Got to Give It Up” 4:03 Marvin Gaye Marvin Gaye
    11 “Livin’ For the Weekend” 3:29 Kenny Gamble, Cary Gilbert, Leon Huff The O’Jays
    12 “I’m Qualified to Satisfy You” 3:53 Barry White Barry White
    13 “Do You See My Love (For You Growing)” 4:20 R. Beavers, Johnny Bristol Junior Walker & the All-Stars

    Your blog is my favorite ! Thanks for all the nuggets you offer us !!

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  5. Tony Onque Says:


    I’m a long lost relative of Mr. J.J. Barnes and would surely like to get touch for a bit of nostalgia and possible performance offers here in the USA. Looking forward to hearing back soon.

    Dwyke Anthony Onque

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