YouTube has slowly but surely become the best music repository on the web. Whenever I want to hear a song, YouTube is the first place I search. This is especially true for live performances and older, harder to find songs.
Like classic soul.
Fortunately for the rest of us, there are people who find and curate wonderful channels full of good music. My favorite is Soulhawk. He/she has a vast and carefully assembled collection of classic soul music, much of which would otherwise remain in obscurity. It is not unreasonable to declare Soulhawk’s YouTube channel an audio museum full of priceless treasures.
I have always loved great covers of great songs (I have an entire Spotify playlist mostly consisting of great cover songs), and I’ve always loved the Grateful Dead (my oldest is named after a Grateful Dead song). Here’s a beautiful combination of the two.
Tom Freund, formerly of The Silos (a great band, at least at one time) is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the U.S. Freund met Ben Harper when he was attending Pitzer College in Claremont, California. In 1992 the duo released an album, Pleasure and Pain. Later, he joined The Silos as their bassist, and moved to Austin, Texas. Yep, Texas.
One of the many standouts on the Accept No Substitute album, this excellent Dr. John-written ballad was brought to Delaney & Bonnie by co-producer Leon Russell. Lyrically, the song proved to be somewhat prophetic, given the material and professional problems between Bonnie and Delaney Bramlett. The music is a mixture of funk, rock, and gospel, and moves with a wonderful grace and effortlessness. (via AllMusic)
Delaney & Bonnie and Friends was a very interesting and eclectic band, whose members included, at different times, Duane Allman, Gregg Allman, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Bobby Whitlock, Dave Mason, Rita Coolidge, King Curtis, and Eric Clapton. That’s a pretty deep roster.
Somehow, though, I managed to totally miss their new record, Apprentice to Ghosts, released back in February. Fortunately, the excellent music blog Twangville alerted me to this ear-pleasing development.
I get a bunch of records to review, and discover and review a lot of good music that way. But it’s not everyday that a new record by the original lineup of one of the best bands of all time hits my inbox. But that just happened.
It gets better. Lots better. This record is excellent. Better than excellent. Wonderful. Perfect. Holsapple, Stamey, The frickin’ dB’s!
‘Falling Off the Sky’ is the first new dB’s album in a quarter-century. It’s also the first in three decades to feature the band’s original lineup of Peter Holsapple, Chris Stamey, Gene Holder and Will Rigby — the same lineup that recorded the beloved early-’80s classics for deciBels and Repercussion.
Street date is set for June 17 on Bar/None Records.
Listen to That Time is Gone for yourself.
Is that The dB’s or what?
The second track, Before We Were Born, is even better. Far Away and Long Ago sounds like a great, undiscovered Beatles song. There’s not an average song on this record. It is excellent, from start to finish. It’s a beautiful blend/mash-up of 80s alternative rock/indie rock/Americana.
She Won’t Drive in the Rain Anymore is as wonderful as its title. Beautiful. Wistful, like most great music.
Early leader for my record of the year. If you buy one record this year, it should be two copies of this one. One for you and another for some poor soul who doesn’t know about The dB’s.
I gotta go, so I can listen to this record over and over.
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