My last MPC was from Dusty Springfield, so it seems appropriate to follow that with a cut from Shelby Lynne’s 2008 Springfield tribute album, Just A Little Lovin’. The vibe is totally different, but the result is still compelling.
Take, for example, my favorite cut from the album, the closer, “How Can I Be Sure”, the Rascals’ hit. (Dusty covered it, so that’s why it’s there.) Lynne totally inverts the song, delivering it with an intimacy that’s almost too much. The sparse arrangement, just her accompanied by acoustic guitar, match the mood perfectly.
As a bonus, here’s a little studio prep for the song.
By the way, this is another album for which computer speakers simply don’t do the recording acoustics justice. It’s superbly recorded. Along those lines, you should read the piece Lynne wrote about why she refused to record the album digitally. It’s a real hoot.
I was born in ‘68. Mama and Daddy had albums. I grew up listening to their vinyl. I have discovered that having a vinyl collection is so much cooler than having an iPod. Now, I have an iPod and I admit they are genius especially for travel and convenience. But they aren’t really any fun. I don’t call up my friends and say “Hey why don’t y’all come over and bring your computers and let’s have a party”? Hell no! I say bring pot, wine and vinyl. That’s sexy. It’s really a great excuse to get together and listen to music. Everybody takes a turn looking through the collection and it’s interesting to see what each person plays. The vinyl way is just me. I think if if we all listen to more music together, it really doesn’t matter how we do it. Music will save us all just like it always has. We feed our souls with it. Vinyl just creates a little more discussion for us. You get to look at the covers, the liner notes, sometimes the lyrics are included. Plus you can roll a doobie on it. That’s hard on an Ipod.
If you agree with her sentiments and you still spin vinyl records, you definitely ought to have this in your collection.