Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Going South For The Summer

Everyone knows "Games People Play" & "Walk A Mile In My Shoes," arguably Joe South's two most famous songs. Can't say I'm a big fan of either. But Joe South has been spinning on my turntable for a few weeks now. I picked up the album pictured above a couple of weeks ago, and it's turned me into a bit of an obsessive, if only temporarily.

It seems I missed out on South's not-so-famous stuff, which is this great mix of southern soul, country and blues. I've always loved "Hush" by Deep Purple and Linda Ronstadt's take on "I Knew You When," but Joe's versions of both, are by far, the winners. As for Lynn Anderson's monster hit, "Rose Garden," again, no contest.

From his self-titled LP of 1970, which by the way, is solid from top to bottom, check out "Leaning On You," followed by a version from The Yo-Yos.

You can buy the killer 2-FER, pictured on the left below.



3 comments: said...

Hey Sal,

Never Get Out Of The Boat is now...

Willard's Wormholes

Stop by and see us.

Kevin said...

Hush by Deep Purple was one of the first singles I ever bought. And I am ashamed to say I only found the original by Billy Joe Royal earlier this year:
I'll definitely check out the 2fer!

PS-See if Willard has Powerbill by The Semantics back up. Great Nashville powerpop!

A walk in the woods said...

Oh YEAH man! This is good. Man, "Down In The Boondocks..." that was the song of my youth. It's not on this, but I need it. Good reminder about Joe South!