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12/07/2017

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Enjoyable post, Mac. I'll have to get back later and actually listen to the three songs.

I love this record!

Good. :-)

Since you like this, Mac, you might want to check out the Chicago band Chamber Strings. They're similar in some ways, but they have a little bit of a 60's soul influence as well. I think they only did two albums but they got a fair amount of attention in the indie scene in the late 90's/early 2000's.

I'll give them a listen.

I'm always a little embarrassed to admit this, but I never cared much for soul at the time, and not a whole lot now, although I appreciate it more than I did back then. The Alabama Shakes are from the town where I went to high school (Athens, Alabama), and they're very good, and I'm happy for their success and really want to like them, but...it's just not a sound I'm much drawn to.

The soul influence in Chamber Strings is not super-prominent, just sort-of "there," like it is in a lot of Van's stuff.

Nice:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-g243YiY6A

Though it doesn't have the wistful-nostalgic quality which is what gets me about The Clientele.

There is a week 49!

"I'm always a little embarrassed to admit this, but I never cared much for soul at the time, and not a whole lot now, although I appreciate it more than I did back then."

I've never liked it much either, but I'll make one very large exception for a classic that I've only recently heard for the first time: Side 1 of Isaac Hayes's Hot Buttered Soul (1969) is fantastic!

Thanks for digging up 49.

Somehow I acquired an mp3 of "Walk on By" from the first side of Hot Buttered Soul, and I see I've flagged it as a 4-star single. I guess maybe I've heard the whole album but I'm not sure. It's pretty different from typical soul music.

Maybe that's why I like it. ;)

By the way, side 2 goes wrong in that track #1 is a song about adultery in which the narrator blames the women involved, and song #2 features a verrrrrrrry long spoken word introduction over background music. By the time the song itself kicks in ("By the Time I Get to Phoenix") the arrangement isn't substantive enough to warrant the lengthy sermonizing. (Each side of the record has only two tracks -- two of them run over 12 minutes.)

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