Beast of Burden
Tell us about seeing ESG back in the day, Leo.
Change of mood. How this arrived is almost impossible to figure except it was possibly via someone at school while stoned (forgive me father for i have sinned). An accumulator. You know those song/tracks that grow on you, but you missed for one reason or from lack of concentration? Psychedelic Shack was popular with a few of my mate's Mums, then my sister played the lp one night getting ready to go out on the piss. I knew the sleeve, i'd just never listened to it properly, attentively and clear-minded. There are so many records from that period that were the remnants of northern soul networks, records handed down from younger adults and older siblings of friends, but if i had to choose my favourite (that isn't even a dance-floor and talc number) it's
That slinky, cat-like tempo is groovetastic, pop pickers. It moves up through the gears sublimely. Sweltering lead guitar work. Church vibes come at you. A pastor of a kind starts up and when he states "here come the good part", you're no longer hanging out of a window sneaking a fag, you're out past the orbit of Saturn, you're swimming 10,000 fathoms down with Poseidon and all the other gods. Who doesn't want a piece of that action.
Psychedelic Shack is great. So are all the subsequent albums with Norman Whitfield (except Sky's The Limit perhaps). I have all those separately – but I recently discovered that all the killer tracks are on a double CD compilation, Psychedelic Soul, which I have just got and am now listening to. This may well be the greatest single artist compilation ever made