The Natural Four - Can This Be Real? The Complete Curtom Recordings (1999)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks, cue, log) - 607 MB | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 225 MB
1:35:34 | Soul, Funk, R&B | Label: Sequel Records
The Natural Four began their quest for stardom in Oakland, CA, in the mid-'60s, landing their first deal with a local outfit called Boola Boola Records. Initially, they had two 1969 releases on Boola Boola – "You Did This for Me" and "Why Should We Stop Now" – that did well in the San Francisco/Oakland area. ABC Records took over distribution and pushed "Why Should We Stop Now" to number 31 R&B in 1969. At this junction the group consisted of lead singer Chris James, Allen Richardson, John January, and Al Bowden.
Three more releases followed on ABC: "The Same Thing in Mind," an old Boola Boola track named "I Thought You Were Mine," and a remake of the Temptations' "Message From a Black Man." Nothing approached even the minimal success of "Why Should We Stop Now," and their relationship with ABC ended on a sour note.