Get It While You Can...

Howard Tate- Get It While You Can, 1995, Polygram

I don't have a wealth of time or energy, but I wanted to post some new tunes on here. One of my friends mentioned to me that he would like to see more funk or soul on here. So, I'm pulling this one out of the archives. I had never heard of Howard Tate before his long lost classic S/T album from 1972 was reissued in 2001. Get It While You Can was originally released in 1966, but it was reissued on Polygram in 1995.

Howard Tate possesses one of the most incredible falsettos in the soul pantheon and his lyrics cut to the bone with gritty tales of love and loneliness. Prolific and talented artists such as Janis Joplin, B.B. King and Jimi Hendrix have covered his songs to great effect. With a spectacular rhythm section and horn charts to boot, Tate seriously brings the funk on Get It While You Can. I have posted a review from

The greatest soul singer ever to fall below '60s pop radar, Howard Tate remains a tantalizing cipher remembered only through explosive cover versions of his late '60s singles by a blue-chip array of fans including Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Jimi Hendrix, and Ry Cooder. Tate's original versions were even better: his ecstatic falsetto, sinuous tenor releases, and gruff asides placed him in a category of R&B vocal stylists as lofty as his stratospheric pompadour. But the Macon-born, Philadelphia-raised former doo-wopper eluded broader acclaim despite a string of powerful performances that just dented the charts. As produced by R&B stalwart Jerry Ragovoy, Tate's sessions mixed emotive standouts, including "Ain't Nobody Home," "Stop," "Get It While You Can," and "Look at Granny Run Run," with shrewd soul updates of electric blues classics like "How Blue Can You Get" and King's signature tune, "Everyday I Have the Blues." The singer's vein-popping performances are matched by rock-solid arrangements and production, well served in this overdue anthology. As for Tate, he disappeared into legend in the early '70s, making this mother lode of deathless soul all the more valuable. --Sam Sutherland

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radis noir said…
Hi, thanx for this great discover.
I can't dwl it from QS, it gives me only 500 ko…
Do you have any idea how to get your precious share??
Keep on going!
Anonymous said…
Would really like to hear this, but the file doesn't download properly. Hope you can fix.
Many thanks
Anonymous said…
Tried the link again and this time it worked! Thanks again, much appreciated.
Anonymous said…
Thank you! this is great music.
real swell rekerd, man. thankS!
Radis Noir said…
it works now!

Thanks again, can't wait to listen!
Theo said…
thank you once again! Groovy stuff indeed.

How bout an update?! :D
Kevin said…

Thanks for continuing to be one of Eclectic Grooves' loyal vistors. I have a ton of ideas as I've been listening to a lot of interesting stuff lately. I just need a combination of time and energy. Keep checkin' though. Also, if you have any requests of stuff that you've been looking for or would like to see on here, please let me know.

Later, Kevin
Kevin said…
Radis Noir, vincent and anonymous:

I'm glad that you enjoyed the pure unadulterated funk of Howard Tate. I have some cool stuff in store that will hopefully be up very soon. Any requests that you have are certainly welcome as well.

thanks, Kevin
drfeelgoed said…
Love to hear this, never even heard of this guy... However the download keeps on breaking off, tried twice already... Tomorrow I'll try again.
Isaac said…
can you please reup this? email me at VALLKANO@GMAIL.COM if u can
Anonymous said…
Yeah, me too please mate. I just tried and can't get it from quickshare. Cheers

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