"All My Trials" was reportedly a Bahamian folk song, possibly originating in the US South and brought to the islands where it was "rediscovered" and brought back to the states and adopted by the 50s and 60s folk music movement. It was sung in reference to the Civil Rights Movement and found its way into soul music in a variety of ways.
Most people aren't used to hearing protest songs with lines like
"If living were a thing that money could buy,
You know the rich would live
And the poor would die"
from the Cookies. They're best known for their definitive Brill Building pop-girl group hits like "Don't Say Nothing Bad About My Baby" and "Chains" (which is more of a veiled message song).
This record was actually their first after two years without a label. It's the B-side to a soft psych-soul production of a song "Wounded" and was produced by the singing group The Tokens (best known for their huge hit "The Lion Sleeps Tonight"). It turns out the world wasn't interested in this edgier version of the Cookies and this ended up being their last single. It's a great way to go out though and I think you'll find it still very relevant 47 years later.
DJ Action Slacks
I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!