Wednesday, February 12, 2014

40 Year Itch : Some Mythic Soul

On Black Bach the legendary Motown songwriter and producer Lamont Dozier ( of Holland-Dozier-Holland fame) steps into the spotlight with plans to swing for the fences. With dozens of session players (including Ray Parker, Jr) making up a symphony and choirs featuring the likes of Darlene Love, Dozier --and his very plain voice--take on the subjects of life, love and death. Singled out as one of the greatest albums of all time by The Mojo Collection  Black Bach is a "classic soul folly" that "has receded into myth.

New York soul brothers The Main Ingredient ( featuring Cuba Gooding Sr.)  released their high water mark, Euphrates River, featuring their million selling cover of  Ronnie Dyson's "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely" and a tight version of "Summer Breeze" that rivals the 3 +3 cut by The Isley Brothers.

From the same high school as Marshawn "BeastMode" Lynch and Clint Eastwood comes The Pointer Sisters who followed up their debut album ( and hit single "Yes We Can Can") with more scatting jazz, pop, R and B and, most surprisingly, a country hit called "Fairytale". It would not only win a Grammy but be  covered by Elvis Presley.

Philly soulsters Blue Magic scored a Top 10 hit with "Sideshow". Their debut album is full of lush, smooth Philly soul as well as yet another version of  "Just Don't Want to Be Lonely".


  1. If that track from Lamont Dozier is in anyway typical of the strength of the music on that album I might have to buy it

  2. A veritable ragbag of interesting stuff - thanks
    I've got Fairy Tale by the Pointer Sisters somewhere - you have planted a seed for a future post!