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Boomkat Product Review:
"Throughout the sixties, Mickey Murray made a name for himself as a hard working entertainer viewed by many as a cross between James Brown and Otis Redding. He held a regular gig with Dyke and The Blazers on Broadway in NYC, toured with Wilson Pickett and The Staple Singers, and also performed sporadically with Aretha Franklin. All of his hard work finally paid off (though not financially) when he recorded his first single, ‘Shout Bamalama’ in late 1967, which went on to sell a million copies. In 1969 Murray was signed to King Records, when the label was preparing for the inevitable loss of James Brown. Since they obviously couldn’t afford to sign another act of Brown’s stature, they decided to develop their own. Mickey was groomed by the label to become their next superstar act. He recorded the album ‘People Are Together’ and they prepared to release it in 1970 on their Federal Records imprint. The title track was chosen as the lead single, but the response from most of the black DJs they relied on for support was that they wouldn’t play the song. Most of them feared that it was far too racially provocative for a developing artist. In fact, many black DJs said they were concerned they’d lose their job if they played the track. It didn’t take long at all for King to abandon the release. According to Murray, in the end the record may have never actually been formally released in stores at all. Anyone lucky enough to have chanced on a copy in a digging excursion will almost certainly find it marked as a promo. Secret Stash now present the first ever (re?)issue of this lost gem. Each track has been carefully remastered from the original tapes, and the vinyl is packaged in a gatefold jacket packed full of liner notes and unseen photos. As always, each copy is hand numbered, in a resealable protective pvc cover, and includes a free download code for the entire LP."