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Sunday, July 6, 2014

RONNIE SPECTOR - PARADISE

Yes, I know; it's been a LONG time since I've posted anything here (it *is* the Occasional 45 these days after all). However, after seeing the fabulous Ronnie Spector live last night (for the second glorious time), I was reminded that I'd never featured this glorious single here and it was time to remedy that.

'Paradise', while released in 1976 (where it sadly sank without a trace), is a Ronettes master that was cut in 1965 but never released during the groups' lifetime (along with the majestic 'I Wish I Never Saw The Sunshine'). A pity, as this glorious P. Spector/ Harry Nillsson penned track certainly is a little slice of what the title states, and then some. Ronnie's vocal is at its most majestic, and the Wall of Sound is at its epic best as well. The only sad thing about this record is thinking about the torture that the madman maestro inflicted upon this poor woman, which is well documented and harrowing. Ronnie, we love you.

Also, I have been posting lots of album tracks (and other goodness) to my other site - The Record Collector's Journal; check it out!

from 1965/1976...

RONNIE SPECTOR - PARADISE



Thursday, April 24, 2014

LEE 'SHOT' WILLIAMS - IT AIN'T ME NO MORE

Lee Williams nickname 'Shot' came from his mother, who called him 'Big Shot' as young Lee liked to dress up in fancy clothes at any opportunity. 'Shot' was born and raised in Mississippi, and moved north (first to Detroit, then to Chicago) for a career as a blues musician.

This track, while not a blues number, showcases Lee's vocals in a raw, deep soul setting that works perfectly for the man's style.

from 1972...

LEE 'SHOT' WILLIAMS - IT AIN'T ME NO MORE


Also, check out my tribute to the recently departed Deon Jackson here.