Soul music fans all over the world may have never heard the name Jesse Morgan. Of course this has its reason. Although he was an original member of one of Hawaii's most famous bands in the 1960s ("The Mopptops"), his solo career never materialized. This would have certainly been different if his album from 1978 had been originally released. An album which could have placed as one of the top 10 modern soul albums of that decade. But, as is often the case, multinational corporations putting profit before people forced the work back on the shelf. This is how the story goes...
Starting out with The Mopptops in the 1960s and releasing several records with them, Jesse's first solo release was a 45RPM single which might have made even the great James Brown jump back: ("I Gotta Get Back" b/w "I Pity A Fool"). It would take another 9 years for him to get into a recording studio again. Jesse remembers: "The album was done and scheduled for release in 1978 when I was signed to Anchor/ABC Records, London, England. The same year, either EMI or MCA bought ABC Records and all newly signed artists were put on the shelf, including me. The record company denied to release me from my contract so I was stuck at the label under contract with a great album and no release for 3 years." The album remained in the can for another 24 years until Jesse signed a deal with Universal Music Group (UMG). The label was very excited about the album and even used some of the songs in movies to get Jesse's name out and gain public interest. Unfortunately, the record company finally informed Jesse that the album would not be released. Again, the album was forced to remain in the can for another 10 years.
In 2016, 38 years after the initial scheduled release, Tramp Records is very proud to be present the album "Jesse" in it's entirety, the debut album by singer/guitarist extraordinaire, Jesse Morgan. Tunes like "You And Me Baby", "You've Changed For The Worst", or "Livin' In The City" can easily compete with hit songs by Stevie Wonder or Bill Withers. Music lovers all over the world will finally be able to listen to a beautiful album. And Hawaii finally has a chance to place it's own jewel in the crown of American Soul Music Royalty.
1 Mr. Jive
2 You and Me Baby
3 Is It Love (You're Looking For)
4 What Changed Your Mind
5 You for Me and Me for You
6 You've Changed for the Worst
7 Livin' in the City
8 Ain't No Price (Quite as Nice as Being Loved)
9 I've Been Played On
10 Your Sweet Thing Available from 15.04.2016