Easier Said Than Done

aaa-roulette.jpgWhen I was a boy the first record I ever bought was a 45 single of the song Easier Said Then Done by The Essex. I paid 10 cents for it at a garage sale. I rushed home and put it on the turntable at 33 rpm and it sounded really low and slow like the devil singing to me or something. I got really scared and said a prayer to God and then I realized I needed to change the speed to 45 rpm and it would sound alright. Being that 10 cents was a lot of money to me back then I listened to it over and over and over and probably drove my sister kathy crazy. I LOVED the beat of the song and the smooth sound of Anita Hume's vocals. The background vocals were amazing as well with the deep voices of Marines all breathy and syncopated. Listen here and try not to move along with the beat. The hook will be stuck in your head for days. Stickier than a duct taped stool pigeon being questioned by the mob. Legend has it that the song was recorded in about 20 minutes. These guys were Marines stationed at Camp Lejune, North Carolina after coming home from Okinawa in 1962. They wrote it to the beat of a teletype machine! How cool is that? The copy I bought looked just like the one above and I remember staring at the roulette logo for hours reading every little bit of information again and again. If I ever see one in a record store I'm buying it. Move on dot org Steve