Rocksteady and Chicago Soul
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Stranger and Patsy - "Down the Trainline"

Stranger and Patsy sing in exquisite harmony throughout ?Down the Trainline,? but the subtle highlight is the four seconds when, starting at 0:25, Stranger sings alone, a most subdued and sleepy soul, drawing out every note, taking his time. The bounce, click and tap of the rhythm section is pleasing to me also.


Baby Huey - "Hard Times"

Baby Huey was a four hundred pound man who produced from his huge body a huge voice. Though his name was almost certainly conceived ironically, there is also something true in it: the baby?s lyrical approach and gritty whine are like that of a child hard done by.

?Hard Times? is a claustrophobic and sinister Chicago soul number. The low frequencies are filled with bass and brass, and the treble ones with skittering and crooked guitar lines. The middle of the sonic space is occupied by a full horn section and Baby Huey?s anguished and passionate voice.

Pay special attention to the psych-funk build-up to nothing starting at 2:05.

Posted by Jordan at January 28, 2005 4:07 AM

Thanks for the Baby Huey track! I was just thinking about how I want to get that the rest of the album as tasty as this song?

Posted by Amandalucia at January 28, 2005 10:16 AM

Wow, what a track!! Sinister, you got that right...


Posted by John Tenney at January 28, 2005 7:02 PM

in hard times, at 2:29, there's a split second where it gets messed up. i don't know if it's something on my end, but i thought i'd let you know...

Posted by Anonymous at January 29, 2005 2:19 AM

Quality tracks, that's more the kind of StG I like!
Now I really want to get a Baby Huey CD.

Posted by Matthew at January 30, 2005 6:57 AM

the rest of the track proves it's worth. i've already got the disk on it's way

Posted by Anonymous at January 30, 2005 8:40 PM

I loooovee Baby Huey and don't think it sounds sinister in the least.....I love his four hundred pound gritty and passionate
voice, the music and you! you're awesome and call home!

Posted by Anonymous at February 14, 2005 10:51 PM

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