- Here is the second of three as recommended from LPJim
- Vote for your favourite version and tell us a bit about why you made your selection. (The selections are listed in release order.)
The Stafford single is 707 and the TJB single is 711, so probably pretty close on the release dates. As A&M didn't have that many singles yet, they likely weren't sitting on them for very long. The VOLUME 2 session for MEXICAN CORN looks to be August 1, 1963, but it either had a different title or was swapped in later. Couldn't find session note for the Stafford single.I'm really liking the Terry Stafford version here, but the two are so nearly identically arranged that I find it hard to choose one over the other. They're both catchy, and Volume 2 still remains one of my favorite TJB albums to this day. I don't have any idea of when the Stafford single was released, but I wonder which one came first. I can see choosing different names, as if both were to become hits, it would prevent some confusion on the charts and in the stores.
This single by Stafford is one that should be included on some sort of A&M "deep cuts" compilation. There were so many one-off singles like this that are forgotten to all but the most devoted A&M followers and other collectors of obscurities that they would make for an interesting listen. The charting hits might have paid the bills at A&M, but singles like these and plenty of others are what the label was built on. And that part of history, thanks to Universal's Great Master Tape Roast of 2008, is now wiped out forever.
Universal imprint "Hip-O Select" released a CD a few years ago entitled Phase One: The Early Years featuring a number of A&M singles only releases (some even featuring Herb Alpert on trumpet)Waylon Jennings' A&M recordings from 1963-64 didn't come out on an album -- DON"T THINK TWICE (SP 4238) -- until he had left for RCA in the late '60s. That album should be reissued on CD with the non-album 45 cuts: "Rave On," "Love Denied" and "Sing the Girls a Song, Bill."