Black Satin Featuring Fred Parris ‘Tears, Tears, Tears’ (greg wilson extnd edit)
Never previously shared.
Issued in the US in 1976 on the Buddah label, ‘Tears, Tears, Tears’ is a track I used to play at the Penny Farthing and the Chelsea Reach in New Brighton following its UK release in March 1977. With the Disco era taking shape, ‘Tears, Tears, Tears’ was a bit of a throwback, a funky Soul track with its own unique edge, highlighted by its foot stomping chorus - it was a record I was extremely fond of, and still am.
Although he wasn’t credited on the label, it’s supposedly a Tom Moulton mix, which sounds about right given that the pioneering remixer was working with other Buddah artists, like The Trammps, Melba Moore and Andrea True Connection, at this time. Buddah was regarded as one of the leading labels during Disco’s early emergence, scoring a number of chart hits here in the UK, but ‘Tears, Tears, Tears’ wasn’t one of them, it was a more obscure Buddah release, which was only available on 7” (although there was a US DJ Only 12”), so it’s a record not many people know these days.
I’m often asked what constitutes a re-edit, and my answer is that there is no single formula – it can be a complex time-consuming process, with beats and / or overdubs added to give it a more contemporary flavour, or it can be a simple extension of the track as it originally appeared. The latter is true here. All I’ve done is extend the intro by looping it around, giving the groove a chance to breathe (and DJ's a mix in), whilst doubling the length of the first chorus, so there’s more of a build before the marvelous lead vocal enters. The rest takes care of itself and any further edits would be superfluous – it’s a case of less is more. All in all I’ve only added around fifty extra seconds.
It recently appeared in my Soul Casino selection from last month’s Vintage Festival at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s Southbank:
This prompted a number of enquiries as to what it is, and, given the interest, I thought it would be good to share here.
Greg Wilson – August 2011