RICK SANDERS FROM INTRO MAGAZINE BLOWS HIS MIND ON THE LATEST RECORD RELEASES
RAMSEY LEWIS – “Dancing In The Streets”
It’s way past two in the morning and nearly all the guests have gone home from the party. There are still a few couples on their feet dancing. Now is the time to put this Ramsey Lewis version of the old Martha and the Vandellas’ classic on the record player.
It’s the ultimate in funky soul music for the early hours – totally different in every way from any other version of the song you may have heard (such as The Who’s). You can’t really call it blues, you can’t call it pop, you can’t call it jazz; it’s just the groovy sound of Ramsey Lewis.
Incidentally, the record company have put out ‘Dancing In The Streets’ as the “B” side: the “A” side is a dreary version of ‘Girl Talk.’
THE TREMELOES – “Be Mine”
I don’t go a bundle on this one, which is something of a let-down after ‘Even The Bad Times Are Good.’ It’s the English version of an Italian song ‘Mi Seguirai’ and is a slow, boring ballad.
The group don’t play badly, it’s simply that the song itself is a dead loss. Maybe in Milan they rave over this romantic corn, but I can’t see it being anything like as big as The Tremeloes’ previous hits in jolly old swinging Britain.
MOSES & JOSHUA DILLARD – “My Elusive Dreams”
What a glorious pair of names! The record is pretty fine too. It’s an irresponsible rock / blues song with a rhythm that would make a statue twitch.
It’s jangly, beefy, soulful, exuberant, and you can’t help getting Messrs. Dillard belt out a soul dialogue to each other, and it’s the stuff to drive everybody wild at the clubs. Sock it to ’em Moses and Joshua!
THE BACHELORS – “Three O’Clock Flamingo Street”
Well, I’ll be a Monkee’s uncle. At last the impossible has happened. The Bachelors, every mother’s favourite sons, have come across with a truly great progressive record.
‘Three O’Clock Flamingo Street’ is none of your expected sentimental syrup. It’s a fast moving city poem set to music, very much in the style of Simon and Garfunkel. I hope and pray (and expect) that it’ll be a big hit and keep the Bachelors on the real music scene, well away from the cloying style of old.
JULIE FELIX – “The Magic Of The Playground”
Julie is one product of the folk boom of a couple of years ago who has successfully broadened her appeal without “going commercial” and selling out to Tin Pan Alley.
On this single her strong, sincere voice sounds better than ever before with a beautiful song of love in the city. I hope it’ll get the success it deserves.