Whatever It's Worth
- Brand: Col Nolan & The Soul Syndicate
- Product Code: ColNolanTheSoulSyndicate–WhateverItsWorth
Reissue in Black Vinyl
Pacific Theatre Encore debuts with a reissue of an insanely rare breakbeat laden Soul Jazz holy grail from 1968 from the all-star inhouse band of the legendary nightclub Whiskey A Go Go in Kings Cross’ swinging sixties heyday, long before Sydney’s current lock out law induced coma. Having long contributed to the evolution of contemporary Australian Soul, Funk and Jazz, Lance Ferguson (The Bamboos, Lanu, Menagerie ex Cookin’ On 3 Burners), now aims to revive its history with a new reissue label. The first release on the label is undoubtedly one of Australia’s rarest and funkiest jazz albums. Vinyl webstore orders receive a free 7" of "Shades Of McSoul" / "Whatever It's Worth" (NB this pressing of the 7" is not dinked) Lead by Col Nolan on Hammond organ, the band consisted of drummer / percussionist John Sangster (whose own late ‘60s albums on Festival have been reissued recently), Col Loughnan on sax and flute, John Allan on bass and “Diamond” Jimmy Doyle on guitar. Influenced by U.S artists like Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McGriff, by the late ‘60s Nolan had already established himself as Australia’s pre-eminent champion of his instrument. The ‘68 line-up of The Soul Syndicate would prove to be an Australian Jazz super-band and Loughnan and Doyle went on to form ‘70s jazz rock giants, Ayers Rock, who released two albums on Mushroom. Early ‘70s Soul Syndicate tunes have become highly-sought after, but this album is their rarest, with collectors paying close to four figure sums on the rare occasion that a copy surfaces. The album is lead by some cracking originals written by Nolan, Loughnan and Sangster. Their versions of popular songs of the time are more re-inventions, such as the drum heavy, low slung take on Bobbie Gentry’s “Ode To Billie Joe” and a superlative rendition of Jimmy Webb’s much-loved “By The Time I Get To Phoenix”, where Col Loughnan steps up to deliver a tender vocal take, before the whole thing builds to a frantic, swirling, psychedelic crescendo.