Originally released in 1992, Uptown Avondale is a cover album by Afghan Whigs paying tribute to the soul and Motown songs that influenced their rock sound. Containing covers of the Holland/Dozier/Holland classic Come See About Me and Beware by the Rev. Al Green, this is the first time Uptown Avondale has been fully released on vinyl by Sub Pop.
8/10 gbar Customer review, 16th August 2017
Given that the sound of Afghan Whigs is usually hard rock with a heavy soul influence, it's only natural that they released an EP with 5 Stax and Motown classics. The production on Uptown Avondale is pretty basic and raw, but the commitment, passion and attitude soars as well as the unusually perfect synthesis of style. The anguished despair of Greg Dulli's vocals is evident on the opener, Freda Payne's hit "Band of Gold", while The Supremes' "Come See About Me" is probably the most recognizable, and the most vigorous song on the EP, with Rick McCollum's guitar given free reign throughout. Al Green's dark "Beware" is given a much slower pace, slowly building up to a powerful climax. These 5 tracks set out to prove only one thing, and that is that Afghan Whigs weren't purely driven by the grunge movement at that time, but by 1960s soul, which makes them all the more unique for it.
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