BMV003 Geno Washington & The Ram Jam Band “If This Is Love” / Stuart Smith “The Drifter” 7” Deluxe Single
Geno and the Band laid down their version of “If This Is Love (I’d Rather Be Lonely)”, originally cut by The Precisions earlier in 1967. The song probably came to their attention via one of the many publishers based on Denmark Street, London’s Tin Pan Alley, but, for whatever reason at the time, it remained in the can and has eluded a vinyl release ever since… UNTIL NOW! Which leads us nicely into our double-A side “The Drifter”, another Pye recording that has languished, unreleased, until now. The song, a true Northern Soul icon, was originally recorded in America in 1965 by Ray Pollard for United Artists.