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Here’s a reason to smile today.

It’s set to be released August 1st.  Mick Jagger is one of the producers.

Is it too much to expect “Dooley’s Junkyard Dawgs” in it?

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Musical palate cleanser, one more drop of soul edition

I’m gonna wrap up my R&B run with a cut from a guy with a rather interesting story.

Eddie Hinton was one of the top session musicians working out of Muscle Shoals and Memphis.  Per Wikipedia, as a session guitarist, Hinton played on hit records recorded by Wilson Pickett, Arthur Conley, Aretha Franklin, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, The Staple Singers, The Dells, Paul Kelly, Johnny Taylor, Elvis Presley, The Box Tops, R.B. Greaves, Boz Scaggs, Evie Sands, Looking Glass, Toots Hibbert and Otis Redding.  (He played guitar on the Toots in Memphis cuts I posted yesterday.)

Hinton was also a singer/songwriter who managed to cut a handful of albums.  His voice is remarkable.  Some of you may remember from my Frankie Miller post a few years back that I have an affinity for white guys who can channel Otis Redding.  Well, in that regard, Eddie Hinton makes Frankie Miller sound like Frankie Valli.  Check out what I think is his best, “Hard Luck Guy”.

He passed away a couple of decades ago.  If you can find his first album, Very Extremely Dangerous, give it a listen.

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Musical palate cleanser, the soul just keeps on coming edition

I’m not sure what made me decide to buy Toots in Memphis when it came out in the late ’80s.  I liked reggae, but I wasn’t a fanatic about it.  So the concept of combining the legendary Dunbar-Shakespeare rhythm section with Stax/Memphis session players sounded interesting, but maybe not compelling.

Then I took the album home, put the record on the turntable, dropped the needle and heard this:

Damned tasty, no?  If your appetite is whetted, here’s a bonus cut.

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Musical palate cleanser, pure soul edition

I’m not through with my R&B kick just yet and today’s offering is special.  “I Can’t Stand The Rain” was Ann Peebles’ biggest hit for Stax (okay, technically Willie Mitchell’s Hi Records), but I’m not playing the original single today.  Instead, you get a remarkable stripped down version that oozes pain and loss in every note.

My Gawd, that’s just something else.

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Musical palate cleanser, all I have is a nickel and a nail edition

Bobby Womack’s passing led me to an R&B binge this weekend and I would be remiss if I didn’t share one of the all-time greatest songs, O.V. Wright’s “A Nickel And A Nail”.

Unbelievable vocals and Willie Mitchell’s production, with the Hi Records Rhythm Section and the Memphis Horns thrown in – what more do you need?

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Musical palate cleanser, you can find it all in the street edition

Bobby Womack, dead at 70.  “Across 110th Street” is one of my all-time R&B faves.

R.I.P., man.

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Musical palate cleanser, not the Eagles edition

I hope you guys got “Hotel California” out of your system, but in case you didn’t, here’s Marah’s “Round-Eye Blues”, from their wonderful Kids in Philly album, to help.

That is such a brilliant mash-up of alt-country/roots rock (Steve Earle helped with the album), Springsteen sentiment and R&B references.  Not to mention the Phil Specter tribute that wraps the song – that forty-second lead in is sublime.  Topped with great lyrics about Vietnam, like this:

But late at night I could still hear the cries
Of three black guys I seen, take it in the face
I think about them, sweet Motown girls, they left behind
And the assholes that took their place
Just a fabulous song.  And a real palate cleanser…

 

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