Some serious soul stirrers from Lee Fields & The Expressions. With a career spanning over four decades, Emma Jean is the soul man getting back to his roots. Full of laid back grooves, luscious arrangements and Lee's deeply emotive croon. Think Al Green & Bobby Womack. Out on Vinyl LP and CD from Truth & Soul.
Vinyl LP £14.99 TS026LP
LP on Truth & Soul Records.
CD £12.49 TS026CD
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- Emma Jean by Lee Fields & The Expressions
7/10 Penrith Steve 23rd February 2015
Most soul records that are made these days don't sound like this. They are usually just too shiny and horrible with vocalists doing the old 'why sing one note when I can sing 12?' thing. "Emma Jean" by Lee Fields & The Expressions, however sounds like a genuine classic from the late '60s or early '70s. The album opens with just can't win which is of a similar style to Bobby Womack's "Across 110th Street". Pedal steel and soul music are not often heard together, but the pedal steel on the version of J.J. Cale's "Magnolia" is a touch of genius. There's a bit of of Philly soul on "Standing By Your Side" and some of the guitar touches nearly match the great Steve Cropper. It's a bit stodgy in places but nevertheless, great in others.
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