I never did really recriminate. Now with such mediocrity in round three might be an apposite time to do so.
First of all it was no disgrace to lose to such a good list, no what was disappointing was the lack of interest in some of my most enterprising of selections. Only Hatz and Penk really bothered to check out some of my picks, so I must first of all thank them for making some complimentary comments. As for the rest of you (people who voted for me are excluded from this obviously)..whether it was a failure of imagination, a poverty of taste or just sheer laziness I don't know. But I will highlight five tracks from my fifteen to say more about what you missed or foolishly decided to ignore.
Drove By The Place ( I Used To Stay) - David Ruffin
This was an adventurous pick in many ways because it highlights a side of soul that traditionally BCB has little time for: that of a lush and heavily orchestrated 70's soul with huge arrangements and a distinct sentimentality. Actually the first few times I heard it it was a bit too much for me, but then the sinewy melody and the aching perfection of the vocal took hold. I love the triumphant arrangement with its affirming horn blasts that seem to signify a defiance within its nostalgic sadness. A powerful, emotive record.
One More Heartache -Marvin Gaye
Masked Man suggested this was a selection done more for obscurity sake. On the contrary, as The Right Profile astutely noted, this has long been a hidden gem in Marvin's catalogue. Put simply this is a masterpiece of raw, direct r n'b. With its lean arrangement and spiky guitar, this is a much tougher sound than you'd usually associate with Motown.
He's My Love -Kim Weston
Another track which was inexplicably ignored. Had you bothered downloading this (and there is still time so do it) you would have heard one of the most majestic slices of arranged country soul you could ever wish to hear. A beautiful, yearning track that begins delicately but builds into a pure, expressive outpouring of emotion. The best track on my list and as good as anything picked in the competition.
Too Sad To Tell- Debbie Taylor
A triumph of raw, blistering funk with scorching hammond and a ballsy vocal. Exciting as hell.
Until Tomorrow - Terry Callier
A sweeping, huge song which never loses its sense of personal intimacy. Cadet were wonderful at these sophisticated but very natural arrangements. The way this builds with its cascading strings and Callier's rich baritone riding over it like a man inspired is a magical thing indeed.
Of course I've just highlighted some of the soul tracks that were mainly ignored, there is much more to my list than this, but that's what you missed. Have an other listen. And no its not sour grapes, I just don't want anyone to miss out on this wonderful music.