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This single was perfomed by O.C. "the miracle man" Tolbert, the same guy who had released the album damn sam the miracle man and the soul congregation.
O.C also released 3 12inches for the same tiny "Jack Taylor" 's label rojac out of NYC in the early 80s : got to be free / lucky man, here i am (vocal) / here i am (instrumental) and happiness / nwanne, nwanne, nwanne.
The track "i've got it" is maybe the rarest modern soul tune knowing it has already been sold twice at more than US$ 4,000 !!!

Style : Soul 70s / Sweet / Mellow / Crossover
Media : 7inch (SP)
Label : rojac Press : RJ6500
Year : 1982 Country : USA
Staff : dorian burton (composer),  bill merse (arranger)
Value : G
Contributor's rating : Excellent record (1 or 2 killer tracks)
Excellent record (1 or 2 killer tracks)
Visitors ratings :       Wicked
Groovecollector Guide ID : 4436
# Artist Title  
1 tolbert i've got it
2 tolbert lucky man
Steven, 36 years old ............, Sagitarius ..............., France - Marseille .................. Highlight: Everything I do gonna be funky from now on !
Positive : 3 (100%) Neutral : 0 (0%) Negative : 0 (0%) Total : 3
On 03/26/2009 by jt1347 5 / 5
O.C. is my uncle. I don't hear his music on the radio anymore. I am very happy to see someone out there is still listening.
On 06/11/2008 by dollarbill1 4 / 5
This was actually a B side when recorded - to the A side Bumper To Bumper released on Salsoul by The Avenue B Boogie Band. Willie Collins was the original singer on this track but was replaced by OC when he got in a hassle with the producer. When I wrote this song, I had "The Hustle" in mind. You can't hear the flutes because they were ducked in the mix but in my mind I wanted them featured. I have given away or sold all 25 of my copies of this record and only have the original two-guitar demo left - and the original charts I wrote for the orchestra. The only musician of repute who played on this track is John Flippin, bass player for The Fatback Band. The strings were philharmonic players. What I remember most about Jack and Tolbert was going to Harlem to meet with them and dining on neckbones and rice at their club. I thought "Lucky Man" was the A side of this record. I actually liked it better than "I've Got It" even though I had nothing to do with its recording. But I knew Dutch Robinson well (the producer) and played on most of the tracks on his United Artists album. Both Tolbert and Dutch were talented singers. The guy in the Broadway songwriting crew I really thought was great was Texas Johnny Copeland. The first time I heard him I thought he sounded like Wilson Pickett - only better. He actually sold me a stolen acoustic guitar (which I still have) before he became a famous bluesman.
On 05/01/2008 by soulful64 5 / 5
One of the best records ever .
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TOLBERT - here i am (vocal) / here i am (instrumental)   tolbert  
here i am (vocal) / here i am (instrumental)
Year : 1981
media : 12 inch 45 rpm
Label : rojac
Press : RJ 6100 USA
TOLBERT - i've got it / lucky man   tolbert
i've got it / lucky man
Year : 1982
media : 7inch (SP)
Label : rojac
Press : RJ6500 USA
TOLBERT - got to be free / lucky man   tolbert
got to be free / lucky man
Year : 1982
media : 12 inch 45 rpm
Label : rojac
Press : RJ 6400/6401 USA
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