I’m a bit of a sucker for soul music, particularly the sort of soul with throat ripping vocals that you get with some Southern and Deep Soul.
So when I came across Lee Moses on Soul Sides I knew that I’d have to get the album. As you’ll be able to tell from the two tracks that are posted on the Soul Sides site Moses is one of those amazing performers that littered the soul scene in the late 1960s and early ’70s, without ever being recognised by the buying public.
Amazing vocal performances across the whole album (which has crammed every known recording he did onto it) but my current favourites are Bad Girl (Parts 1 and 2), split over two sides of a 7” single, and I’m Sad About It.
From the liner notes it’s clear that Moses not only sang but played guitar – there’s a suggestion that he was playing in and around the same places as Hendrix before he [Hendrix] went on to become famous. But for me it’s the horns that are the star of the instruments here, driving home the message that life ain’t a bed of roses.
If you like your soul raw, then this is for you.