Thursday, January 04, 2007

Music I Liked And Didn't - 1/4/07

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The Annual Record Label Xmas Lull Means No Adds Of New Releases This Time!

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TEMPTATIONS: Psychedelic Soul DCD (Motown) - Given my age, I was obviously already aware of (and casually enjoyed) much of the material on this compilation, as many of these tracks were big hits in the days of my youth. Despite that fact, however, during the insuing years I never really thought about groups such as the Temptations, Sly and The Family Stone, and so on, as being anything more than the soundtrack to childhood Summer days spent at Lake Michigan. Certainly these weren’t groups that merited serious reconsideration under the harsh light of adulthood, especially to an adult mainly interested in experimental and free music, folk, psych, punk, and rock. In addition, I’m sure that the fact that these groups were so commercially successful also incorrectly undermined my interest in and respect for them, being, as I am, an aficionado of mainly underground music. In retrospect, these were obviously short-sighted attitudes, as the critical influence of soul and R n’ B (and, of course, the Blues, too!) on the development of rock and psych has been well-documented. Another case in point, the 24 the tracks on this compilation. Yeah, of course, the Funk Brothers lay down some amazing funky grooves that provide the foundation for conscious lyrics and some incredible vocal harmonies, but these tracks also contain psychedelic wah wah guitar leads and cruching fuzz bass that rivals much of what you might hear on many of the holy grail private press psych LPs. Good to know that no matter how old you get, no matter how much music you know about and own, the education continues on and on; at least, if you’re a Sonictroubadour, like me. Righteous!

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