Harvey Scales – What’s Good For You (Don’t Have To Be Good To You)

By , March 13, 2016 11:39 am


Harvey Scales


Listen/Download – Harvey Scales – What’s Good For You (Don’t Have To Be Good To You) MP3

Greetings all.

I hope the new week finds you all well.

The tune I bring you today is yet another tasty chapter in the long-running saga of Milwaukee, Wisconsin’s own soul giant, the mighty Harvey Scales.

Though his presence on the charts was limited to one fleeting instance in 1967 (with his 60s group, the Seven Sounds), he made a string of outstanding funk and soul records from the early 60s well into the disco era.

His run of excellence started with the local Cuca and Magic Touch labels (1966/67), moving on to Chess and Cadet (1969-1971), then Stax (1972/73) the later in the 70s on Casablanca, the into the 90s for Earthtone and Kashgold.

The record I bring you today was not, but clearly should have been a hit.

‘What’s Good For You (Don’t Have to be Good To You)’ was released in 1972, and it is a slice of funky soul perfection, fitting right in alongside the best of the Invictus/Hotwax sound.

Pushed along by a bubbling bass guitar and some party noises, ‘What’s Good For You..’ is one of those records that you’d swear was sampled (especially that repeating piano figure), yet never was. It has an extremely catchy chorus, and is prime dance floor material.

Scales went on to co-write Johnny Taylor’s big hit, ‘Disco Lady’.

Speaking of samples, Scales funky disco opus, ‘Dancing Room Only’ would go on to be sampled by the Beastie Boys (among others).

Scales still performs today, in and out of Milwaukee.

I hope you dig the tune, and I’ll see you all on Wednesday.

Keep the faith





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