Saturday, November 19, 2011


Just a small share this time around but it's a little gem. A little aural treat in the Otis Redding / James Brown vein, courtesy of Wess & The Airedales. These funky soul tunes were originally released on a rare 45 that was issued by Durium in Italy way back in 1969. "Just Tell Me" is from the Umberto Lenzi giallo Orgasmo while "Crazy" hails from the Vedo Nudo soundtrack (although I've noticed this single mix is a little different to the version included on the complete soundtrack).

No complete album for Piero Umiliani's score to Orgasmo was ever issued but another 45 was released (this time by CAM) which contains the title vocal theme "Fate Had It Planned So", backed with Angelo Lavagnino's title theme to Un Corpo Caldo Per L'Inferno. You can check it out on Youtube over here ( but the quality is pretty rough. If anyone has it in better quality, please drop me a line.

Not a great deal seems to be known about the mysterious Wess but he (and unnamed session musicians) sounds in fine form here. From the Wiki entry:

"Wesley Johnson aka Wess (August 13, 1945 - September 21, 2009) was an American born Italian singer perhaps mostly known for representing Italy along with Dori Ghezzi in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1975 in Stockholm, Sweden, placing third. He Formed a successful duo with Ghezzi achieving some big hits in Italy, such as "Voglio Stare Con Te", "Come Stai? Con Chi Sei?" and "Un Corpo E Un'Anima". Originally from North Carolina, Wess moved to Italy in the '60s to pursue a musical career. Wess died in New York during his US tour when a breathing crisis lead to his death. Wess also played in the funk-soul band Wess & The Airedales in the mid '60s to early '70s"

Orgasmo (45 RPM)

Durium CN A 9297

Italy / 1969

1 - Just Tell Me

2 - Crazy