A Treasure On My Journey

The musical journey never stops.  You walk down the path exploring, finding new things along the way.

On this journey I discovered a sultry, soulful female singer from the UK, Rumer.

I fell in love with her voice and music.

I’ve read reviews comparing Rumer to Karen Carpenter and I made my own comparison of Rumer to Rita Coolidge.

Well in my desire to keep discovering new music and rediscovering old music I came across what I think is the best comparison for Rumer.   And it may have been where Rumer drew some of her inspiration.

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I’m not sure what directed me to this album.  It may have been a Rolling Stone review of the top albums for the 1960’s.

I found the album on iTunes, did a quick preview and immediately bought it.

The album was released in 1969 when I was just starting to get into the heavy rock bands like Led Zeppelin, The James Gang, Black Sabbath, etc.

At that point in my life I hadn’t discovered the beauty of Stax and the soulful music it produced.

When I finally bought this album some 46 years after its release I was apprehensive about how the album would sound since it dates all the way back to 1969.  Think about it.  In 1969 Richard Nixon was in the first year of his presidency, we were up to our eyeballs in Vietnam, we put a man on the moon and Woodstock took place, the original real hippy one not the corporate sponsored manufactured ones.

But I was very surprised at the quality of this album.

I first thought, hats off to whoever re-mastered it for the digital age, but I also knew they couldn’t have gotten it to sound that good unless the original tracks were great tracks, which they are.

I love the production values of this album.

This will direct me down the path of exploring more pieces produced by the producer of this album, Jerry Wexler.

And once again I am infatuated with another female voice.

Dusty Springfield’s voice just mesmerizes me.

As I said earlier about Rumer, Dusty Springfield is sultry and soulful.

I’m sure just about everyone is familiar with “Son of a Preacher Man”, and it’s one of my favorites. Not only because of her voice but the horn parts are great too.  There are points in every song where her intonation, phrasing, dynamics and honesty just blow me away.

It’s surprising how in 1969 when this album was released I would have considered most of the songs to be something for my parent’s generation and not mine.

I’ve matured and I’ve made a new old discovery.  I found a treasure that I am glad I didn’t over look on my never ending musical journey.

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