Wow. Our experiment is off to a great start—let's see if we can finish it off sooner than expected.
Disc 2, Track 3
"I Have No One"
From The South Side of Soul Street: The Minaret Soul Singles 1967-1976
Liner notes: Keep the fire extinguisher handy when Big John Hamilton pours out his heart on this smoldering lament.
Behind the music: Based in a tiny town on the Florida Panhandle, Finley Duncan’s Minaret label released a slew of fine R&B singles in its decade of operation, all included on this two-disc set. Hamilton, Minaret's most prolific artist, worked with Etta James and Hank Ballard before going solo.
Check it out if you like: Southern soul crooners like Joe Simon, Percy Sledge, and James Carr.