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Striving for the right

by Pat Kelly

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Blessed with perfect pitch and an angelic tone, Pat Kelly was originally trained as a sound engineer; he turned to singing, in his own words, “more for fun” than a serious career move. The HAK label, named after Kelly’s initials -- Horatious Adolphus "Pat" Kelly -- was his Jamaican imprint, releasing a handful of self productions in miniscule runs. Due to the shady businesses practices of that era, many of the releases were pressed in the UK unknown to Pat. The aspirational “Striving For the Right” with its tender b-side “When a Boy Falls in Love,” was initially released in 1970. This release represents the first time that these 2 tracks have been reissued with the original label design. “Striving For the Right” finds Pat Kelly in perfect form, his voice maintaining perfect clarity while blossoming with emotional intensity over a chugging organ led instrumental. “When a Boy Falls in Love” is a keening near-ballad that has all the hallmarks of classic R&B records of the time. Both tracks showcase the rich and complex vocals that led the Beatles management to express interest in signing Pat Kelly to Apple Records.

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released November 6, 2019

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