I've been obsessed with Willie Tee's 1968 release "I'm Only A Man" for about 20 years now. I found the "Reach Out For Me" single in Jim Russell's Records on one of my first trips to New Orleans and have yet to find the album for a reasonable price. The album is produced by madman genius David Axelrod and every track is special. CDs are out there for $10, but where's the fun in that? Anyway, one popped up on the Discogs marketplace last night for $150, which is about half of what it usually sells for and someone beat me to it. To quell the frustration, I decided to listen to the whole thing this morning. It still kills me. If you don't know it, check out the tracks I have posted here. I think you'll agree, these songs are not your run of the mill soul tracks. Some border psychedelia. And while I'll give the great Wilson Turbinton credit for writing some of it and singing the beezeebus out of all of it, I have to believe David Axelrod had a lot to do with just how unique these arrangements are. And that just HAS to be the one and only Earl Palmer on drums. Probably the whole Wrecking Crew.
If anyone has a copy of "I'm Only A Man" that they'd like to let go for a fair price that won't cause my heart to attack me, please let me know. Until then, dig these tracks.