LaVice & Company – Two Sisters from Bagdad


Artist: LaVice & Company
Album: Two Sisters from Bagdad
Genre: Gospel, Funk, Soul
Label: Jazzman
Recording: 1971
Web Source: Private FTP

Known in the record collecting world as an incredibly rare album with just a handful of known copies, we present for the first time the full length album reissue of the ‘Two Sisters From Bagdad’ album as performed by La Vice & Co.
Originally intended to be sold alongside performances of LaVice Hendrick’s ambitious but ill-fated musical theatre production, the album’s scarcity was swiftly ensured as ‘Two Sisters From Bagdad’ ran for just 2 weeks at Detroit’s Bethel A.M.E. church amid poor attendances due to scant promotion. With only a handful of copies sold in that brief window, many of the remaining copies were subsequently destroyed in a basement flood, meaning that until now few people have ever heard the album in its entirety.
A varied set of jazz and gospel infused funky soul, ‘Two Sisters From Bagdad’ was composed and orchestrated by two precocious young talents, E.J. Garrison and Rhodia McAdoo. It’s an album full of surprises, and is notorious for the heavy funk workout ‘Though’s Were The Days’ [sic]. Not only have we unearthed and faithfully reissued this true obscurity as the 26th part of our ongoing ‘Holy Grail’ series, but through interviews with Garrison and McAdoo themselves we have also uncovered the beguiling back story to the music, the play and the life and times of its original creator, the late LaVice Hendricks. As always the detail is revealed for the first time in our extensive new sleeve notes and curated in a thick card, tip-on sleeve, and all because We Dig Deeper!

Arranged By, Music By, Lyrics By, Conductor, Producer – E. J. Garrison
Backing Vocals – Carrie Louise, Debra Atkins, LaVice Hendricks
Backing Vocals, Written-By – Rhodie McAdoo
Bass – Hernando Saunders
Bongos – Ted T. Garrison
Drums – Leslie Daniels
Flute – Keith Edwards
Lead Vocals – Brenda L. Walker (tracks: B2), Calvin Floyd (tracks: B1), Carrie Louise Hendricks (tracks: B3), Debra Atkins (tracks: B5), E.J. Garrison (tracks: A2, A3)
Organ – Bob Meloche
Saxophone – Ronald Fairnot
Trumpet – Ken Peterson, Pierre Hendrix
Vocals – The Intimates Of Soul (tracks: A1, A4)

Act One
01. Happy and Blessed (6:13)
02. Two Sisters from Bagdad (4:36)
03. Fantasy (3:21)
04. Good-by Suzy (2:41)
Act Two
05. Thoughs Were the Days (3:07)
06. Expecting (3:06)
07. Mr. Devil (1:44)
08. Satan Baby (2:27)
09. Yes I Do (5:28)
10. Two Sisters from Bagdad (Inst) (1:57)

Two Sisters from Bagdad


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