Friday, October 5, 2012

40 Year Itch : Feel The Need

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If you want proof that the British have better taste than their American counterpoints, consider the Detroit Emeralds of 1972 and the powerhouse single "Feel The Need In Me" which was released in October of 1972. On the US pop charts the song peaked at an abysmal #110 in 1973. In the UK the song hit #4.

"Feel The Need" instantly sounds like the great lost Al Green hit. That's because the Detroit Emeralds had made it a practice to record down home rough cuts in Willie Mitchell's famous Memphis studio. Then they'd take the cuts back home and sweeten them up with smooth vocals.  That worked on the #5 R and B hit "You Want It You Got It", the #4 R and B hit "Baby Let Me Take You (In My Arms)" (Check out that opening guitar line) and here on a song so catchy the band revisited "Feel The Need" in the pre-Disco era.

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