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Interpretations

Interpretations

Interpretations


The Interpretations were a North Philly band that got together in the late 60’s. They recorded ‘Soul Affection’ as a demo in 1968, and brought it to Jesse James. James took them into the Virtue Recording studios and they rerecorded the tune, coming up with the instro version ‘Snap Out’. James was unable to place the record with a major label and one of the band members who had a friend that worked at A&L Distributors got the 45 released on Haral Records. Read more on Last.fm
The Interpretations were a North Philly band that got together in the late 60’s. They recorded ‘Soul Affection’ as a demo in 1968, and brought it to Jesse James. James took them into the Virtue Recording studios and they rerecorded the tune, coming up with the instro version ‘Snap Out’. James was unable to place the record with a major label and one of the band members who had a friend that worked at A&L Distributors got the 45 released on Haral Records. The weekend of Thankgiving 1968, local DJ Carl Helm of the local black station WDAS-AM started to play the record (though the fact that Helm is listed as a producer on all three pressings of the 45 suggests he had a vested interest) and it became a local hit.

It started to get airplay on white rock station WBIG-AM and became a top 20 hit, reaching #13 in January of 1969. At this point it was picked up for national distribution by Bell Records. Their second 45, ‘Automatic Soul Pts 1&2’, in which we learn (via funky name checks) that the band included cats names ‘LB’, ‘Jason’, ‘Bobby’ and ‘Red’, is the better of the two Bell 45s, with a rolling funk party sound. The band’s third 45 (and their first on Jubilee) is where the story gets complicated. The ‘Blow Your Mind’ side, a drum and wah-wah heavy instro is apparently the same band that appeared on the Bell 45s. The flip side ‘Trippin’ is another band entirely, this time the MFSB players Harris, Baker, Eli, Young, Vince Montana (who’s vibes are prominent in the opening of the tune) and Sam Reed, Fred Joyner and Johnny Lynch on horns.

Why this change was made, and what happened to the original Interpretations is lost to the ages. No matter what the reason, from that point on (at least on vinyl), ‘The Interpretations’ were the MFSB players (who also recorded variously as Cupit, Hidden Cost, Daley Diggers, Brothers of Hope, Family and other pseudonymous acts). The final Interpretations 45, ‘Jason Pew Mosso Pts 1&2’ is a funky killer of exceptionally high quality that comes close to justifying its recently inflated price. After that point the trail goes cold. Not for the latter-day “Interpretations” of course who went on to sell millions as the core of MFSB as well as playing on countless classic records. As to what became of the original Interpretations, only they really know (and we’d love to hear from you).

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