When The Papes Come Tumbling Down

Released January 31, 2012

Stacks and stacks as far as the eye can see...

Compiled 1/31/2012 by Slye for Kayli.

When The Papes Come Tumbling Down (CHR-004)

This is a Cheap Hotel release.

Somewhere on the streets of 1970's Los Angeles, a Trucker with a rough and tumble past chances upon a young musician, just arrived from the Caribbean, performing on the corner for loose change. The musician has a dream and a sound - a sound nobody's heard before. The trucker takes the musician under his wing and shows him how to survive on the margins when the chips are down, even as the musician's star begins to rise - performing in bucket of blood clubs on the other side of town, he's discovered by a fast-talking, shoot-from-the-hip record producer who has big plans of his own... but can he be trusted? The trucker isn't so sure, and the producer always works alone - but the musician says the three of them should become partners - a record label is born. But is it so easy? A low-level enforcer for the mob gets wind of this new venture involving a certain hotshot producer... and he wants in on the take. The trucker says no way is he getting pushed around by some third-rate gangster: he knows the type and has handled them before. The producer is shaken up by the whole affair and wants to make the pay off. The musician just wants to lay some music down on tape. Enter a streetwise vixen working as a cocktail waitress in one of the nightclubs the musician performs at. She claims to have intimate knowledge of the enforcer's operation, and promises to help the crew if they make her a partner. Three become four and the group decides to reject the enforcer's generous offer of protection - thanks, but they'll go it alone they say. The enforcer is livid - he says it's the worst mistake they will ever have the chance to make, and vows to return. The crew finds an abandoned auto shop and decides to buy the building with savings contributed by the trucker, the producer and the waitress - the musician is penniless, but carries a wealth of songs in his head. They quickly convert the shop into a headquarters for their venture: the producer builds the perfect studio within, the trucker, a mechanical mastermind, handles the record pressing, while the business savvy waitress runs the front office. The producer and musician start working on the first record and click: magic in the mixdown! Promos go out to the radio stations and the record comes up hot: the pressings can barely keep up with the demand from the shops as the musician and producer become a dynamite duo churning out a series of stunning records that take the industry by storm, just as everything is about to change... but the enforcer hasn't forgotten our little crew, and returns with more hired muscle and more demands. Tensions escalate now that the crew has become more powerful and things promise to explode right down there on same streets of LA where our story began. Will our little crew be able to come out on top? Or will the enforcer end up running the show? Perhaps the real question is who will collect... When The Papes Come Tumbling Down?

01 (Jimmy Cox) from the album Facts Of Life released in 1973 by United Artists 02 (George Clinton, Patrick Lindsey, Sidney Barnes) from the album Funkadelic released in 1970 by Westbound 03 (Clarence Reid, Willie Clark) from the Back From The Dead 7" single released in 1974 by International Brothers 04 (Curtis Mayfield) from the album Roots (Expanded) recorded in 1971 and released in 1999 by Curtom/Rhino 05 (Leo Fuld, Sigment Berland, Sonny Miller) from the album The Spice Of Life released in 1969 by Cadet 06 (Delta Ashby, Marvin Gaye) from the album Here, My Dear released in 1978 by Tamla 07 (Charles Boyd, Gerald Dickerson, Leroy Hutson) from the album Hutson released in 1975 by Curtom 08 (Earl Randle) from the album I Can't Stand The Rain released in 1974 by Hi 09 (Al Green) from the album Al Green Is Love released in 1975 by Hi 10 (James Brown) from the Motherlode compilation recorded in 1973 and released in 1988 by Polydor 11 (Larry Dunn, Maurice White) from the album That's The Way Of The World released in 1975 by Columbia 12 (Frank Wilson) from the album People... Hold On released in 1972 by Tamla 13 (Bill Withers) from the album Still Bill released in 1972 by Sussex 14 (Leon Huff, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead) from the album Back Stabbers released in 1972 by Philadelphia International 15 (Jim Morrison, Robby Kreiger, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore) from the album Soul Sister released in 1969 by Brunswick 16 (Liroy Munnings, Ray Munnings) from the album Funky Nassau released in 1971 by Alston 17 (Chris Jasper, Ernie Isley, Marvin Isley, O'Kelly Isley Jr., Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley) from the album The Heat Is On released in 1975 by T-Neck 18 (Sylvester Stewart) from the album Small Talk released in 1974 by Epic 19 (Shuggie Otis) from the album Freedom Flight released in 1971 by Epic 20 (Curtis Mayfield) from the Give Me Your Love 7" single released in 1973 by MoWest






Bobby Womack

Nobody Wants You When You're Down And Out

United Artists



I Bet You



Bobby Byrd

Back From The Dead

International Brothers


Curtis Mayfield

Underground (Demo Version)



Marlena Shaw

Where Can I Go?



Marvin Gaye




Leroy Hutson

Lucky Fellow



Ann Peebles

I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down



Al Green

Love Ritual



James Brown

People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul (Remix)



Earth, Wind & Fire




Eddie Kendricks

If You Let Me



Bill Withers

Lonely Town, Lonely Street



The O'Jays

Back Stabbers

Philadelphia International


Erma Franklin

Light My Fire



The Beginning Of The End

Pretty Girl



The Isley Brothers

Hope You Feel Better Love (Parts 1 & 2)



Sly & The Family Stone

Time For Livin'



Shuggie Otis

Strawberry Letter 23



The Sisters Love

Give Me Your Love


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