Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Shlack much?

Mitigating circumstances being wot they are, some new tracks (on a rather legends-of-soul tip) sans criticism; normal posting to resume shortly.

Isaac Hayes, "Never Can Say Goodbye": the moment at which Ike's vocal enters is literally (not literally) the smoothest passage in the history of sound. From Black Moses, 1971.

Curtis Mayfield, "(Don't Worry) If There's Hell Below We're All Going to Go": I'd be surprised if anyone hadn't copped this yet, but the fuzz bass demands recapitulation. From Curtis, 1970.

Stevie Wonder, "Village Ghetto Land": for a very brief while, Stevie had an absolutely brutal sense of humor ("He's Mistra Know-It-All," par exemple), of which this is one of the finest products. From Songs in the Key of Life, 1976.

Steely Dan, "Charlie Freak": As I've had occasion to say before, a band about which I tend to have seriously conflicted feelings, but this is a perfect song. The piano part is like an NYC nightmare reading of Bach's first cello suite. From Pretzel Logic, 1974.

1 comment:

Natasha Rosen said...

That Stevie Wonder is fabulous, too. Wish he had done more with his caustic wit in his later years and less with his Coke sponsorship.