Friday, July 6, 2007

Dancing with the Chicken Slacks

So Grace recently bought me a two-CD set celebrating Stax Records 50th anniversary. It's incredible. And it has only reinforced my belief that there is no better music than soul and r&b (rock 'n' roll be damned). I also started reading Peter Guralnick's incredible book Sweet Soul Music. This has inspired me to revisit the top-five lists idea from months ago.

This installment is Top Five Vocal Performances. Same rules apply. In no particular order:

Carl Wilson on "Wild Honey"
Otis Redding's "These Arms of Mine"
Roscoe Holcomb's "Swanno Mountain"
Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come"
James Carr "Pouring Water on a Drowning Man"

Yeah, soul-heavy I know. But really, could it be any other way?

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