Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Check This: Atlantic Unearthed Soul Brothers

I was listening to marketplace on NPR and heard a story about the organist who played that haunting solo on Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale"that dropped in 1967 and has sold 10 million singles since...now the keyboardist wants some of those bucks but he won't get a red cent because the solo was (wait for it) heavily based on a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach a hundred plus years ago...what did those Beatle dudes say..."there's nothing you can do that hasn't been done"...you can check a funky version of that track by R.B. Greaves and a bunch of other deep soul cuts on Atlantic's" Unearthed Soul Brothers Compilation"which I have and check for alternate versions of tunes that get overplayed in their original version...there's funky version of "Can't Stop a Man in LOve" by Wilson Pickett, Sam Cooke's "Rome (Wasn't Built in a Day) is given a great treatment by Author Conley and Otis Redding's "I Love You More than Words Can Say" is tigher than tight...younger heads whose eyes glaze over when they hear people wax halcyon about that old school Atlantic stuff (be it R&B or Jazz) will see why one of Hi- Fidelity's Rob Gordon's top 5 dream jobs was to work at Atlantic Records during the 60's...the whole LP is quite a refreshing listen...

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