Wednesday, September 9, 2009
The Farther One Travels, The Less One Knows
I've always "not really liked" Robert Christgau. His reviews usually confound me. When I'm through reading, I rarely have a real sense of the record he is either praising or panning.
"Should I buy this record?"
"I don't know, but don't ask Christgau. It'll hurt."
The Dudes Doin' Business [Capitol, 1970]
A waste. Vocalist Parker, an underrated blues pro, and organist McGriff, who has a name as a soloist but is better off accompanying, should produce a more than passable record almost automatically. But not when they're burdened with strings, insipid soprano choruses, and hopelessly inappropriate material. Is a bluesman singing "The Inner Light" supposed to make contact--and money--in St. Albans? Sonny Lester--remember that name--produced. C+
That was not only pretty straight-forward, but actually talks about the music. Clearly a terrible example. More importantly, I disagree and THAT'S what this is about.
Speaking of "The Inner Light," the gorgeous George Harrison B-Side of "Lady Madonna," I think this version by Junior Parker & Jimmy McGriff is brilliant. Really outstanding.
Thanks to Sac for finding this.
And thank you Robert Christgau.