Leroy Price and the Exotic's
I picked this record up in Sacramento about a month ago at a friend of a friend's garage sale. I ended up with a few 45s, but this one stands out the most for a few reasons. I've got a big expensive book that I bought a while ago called the Funky and Groovy Music Records Lexicon. It's a great book for record collecting dorks like myself. It lists all sorts of records that are considered "funky" along with their label info, release dates, pictures, and a reference to their rarity/value. I use the book mostly to ogle at the pictures of rare 45s. Sometimes, when I find a record I'm not familiar with, I'll look it up in the Book. Usually my records, if they even show up in the book, are listed as an A or B in the scale of rarity which ranges from A for common all of the way to H for super rare. Well, Leroy Price and the Exotic's "Exotic's Thing" is listed as an F. That means, according to the Book, this is the rarest record I own. Behold the rareness my friends! So what does this mean? Not much really. Besides the book, I can't really find any info about the record. The record doesn't turn up in Ebay completed listings and there is no mention of it in Popsike. There is a mention of it on a playlist at Deepfunk.org so it's clearly FUNKY! I mean listen to that break down between the drums and the bass. There's also a reference to the record by "the Aussie Keb Darge" John Idem here. When I listen to this record I can't hear the rareness, but I can picture Leroy Price up on stage moving around, shaking it and shouting in front of a top notch horn section accenting everything he has to say, while a rhythm section smokes right along and the guitarist steps on his wah wah when they make a change.
Exotic's Thing 45 on Image Records