Best Of The Wand Years
Maxine Brown has been popular in the black music world since her 1960 debut hit All In My Mind. That was credited as one of the first soul records but it was not until she moved to Wand Records in 1963 that her career really took off. This golden period for her included her signature hit Oh No Not My Baby and other beautiful ballads like It’s Gonna Be Alright and Gotta Find A Way. These are loved in the UK but it was the more obscure uptempo Wand releases that turned her from an admired artist into a soul goddess on the Northern Soul scene. The first 70s “discovery” was One In A Million, quickly followed by Let Me Give You My Lovin’ and One Step At A Time. In the 80s the depth of her catalogue was appreciated and the LP-only Van McCoy beauty I Wonder What My Baby’s Doing Tonight gained plays along with the raucous Yesterday’s Kisses, and the pulsating Little Girl Lost. Then, at just the right moment, Kent Records raided the Scepter-Wand vaults for the sublime dancers It’s Torture, Ashford and Simpson’s I Want A Guarantee and Otis Redding’s self-produced stomper Baby Cakes.