The state of Ohio was a real hotbed for independently cut soul music in 1960s, with lots and lots of small labels trying to capitalize on Motown´s success that was happening just north of the state. Bob Rice was just one of these budding entrepreneurs who set up his own label and recorded the local talent of the day. Often managed on a shoestring budget these indiependents could all but hope for their productions to be picked up by a bigger company and generate some much needed cash for the next release. It was not unusual that, as with this release, the label owner also served as the songwriter, arranger and producer etc. to keep costs at a minimum. The Variations was a local act out of Cleveland OH and had releases on POW and Amy before trying their luck with Bob-Joy records. This did actually get picked up by Okeh records was re-relased on that imprint, which leads me to believe that it sold reasonably well at least locally in the Ohio area when it came out in ´68. Several groups used the name Variations during the 60s but I don´t think that there is any connection between these guys and for instance the outfits that recorded for Right-On or Amour & Sal Soul. Enjoy!
"Yesterday Is Gone"