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My introduction to Eddie Floyd

I was late to the party, as usual, when it came to Eddie Floyd, the great but often unheralded Stax soul singer.

Seven years ago, Mojo magazine included a compilation of Southern soul music with its May issue. On that CD was a song called “I’ll Take Her.” Its premise, simply put in its lyrics: If you don’t want her, I’ll take her.

That upbeat tune, with Floyd’s smooth voice lifted by some sweet horns and backup singers as it chugged along, hooked me. Truth be told, I don’t think I’d been aware of him before that.

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“I’ll Take Her,” Eddie Floyd, from “I’ve Never Found A Girl,” 1969. The LP out of print as such, but it’s half of “Rare Stamps,” a two-fer CD with his second and third Stax LPs on it. I don’t have this LP. I’ve never seen it while record digging. This rip is from the Mojo comp.

Floyd wrote this cut with songwriter Joe Shamwell and the great Memphis guitarist Steve Cropper. He worked with both of them while a songwriter at Stax Records in the mid-’60s.

To hear more Eddie Floyd, head over to The Midnight Tracker.

There, at our lightly traveled companon blog, one side of his debut album from 1967 has materialized through the sweet blue haze of time.

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Filed under November 2012, Sounds

I approved this message, too

Heading out to lunch today, we saw a campaign sign stuck in the ground at the corner as we turned onto the highway. Heading home, we saw three more on the other side of the corner.

The only problem: You can’t plant campaign signs on the public portion of highway right-of-day in Wisconsin.

My friend Glick checked the law and sagely observed: “Fines: $10 to $100. The cynic in me thinks some will see this as chump change and a small cost of doing business.”

He could be right. Perhaps it’s all part of …

“The Plot,” Lalo Schifrin, from “Music from ‘Mission: Impossible’,” 1967. It’s out of print, even a 1996 CD reissue.

If you watched “Mission: Impossible” at all during the ’60s and ’70s, you probably heard bits of this as things got dicey. This is the full version, one you may not have heard, complete with groovy, mood-setting harpsichord.

This is just a little taste of what’s new at The Midnight Tracker, a lightly-traveled blog where we feature album sides brought back from the sweet blue haze of time. Your mission there, should you decide to accept it, is to enjoy our notion of a soundtrack for the political intrigue of the moment.

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Filed under November 2012, Sounds

Kinda Kinks, and kinda not

Time for another reminder that there’s another blog lingering in the long shadows of AM, Then FM.

The Midnight Tracker resurfaces at the end of every month. It emerges from the haze of time, reviving a late-night FM radio show heard long ago in central Wisconsin, a show on which one side of a new or classic album was played.

Here’s a song from this month’s album side.

“Who’ll Be The Next In Line,” Francoise Hardy, from “Loving,” 1969. It’s out of print and not available digitally.

This is a cover of a Kinks song from the summer of 1965. Written by Ray Davies, it was one of those B sides that turned out to be more popular than the A side of the single. It’s the flip side to “Evry’body’s Gonna Be Happy,” which was intended as the follow-up to the smash “Tired Of Waiting For You.”

The Kinks’ version was on the “Kinda Kinks” LP from 1965, and on a couple of greatest-hits compilations, all of which appear to be out of print. It also doesn’t appear to be available digitally.

This version of “Who’ll Be The Next In Line” is from Side 1 of a rarely-heard English-language album by the French folk-pop singer Francoise Hardy.

A friend has long been seeking this record. I found it last month.

The rest of the story is over at The Midnight Tracker.

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Filed under June 2011, Sounds

Nope, not Memphis

As you may or may not know, we have another blog on the side.

It is The Midnight Tracker, which resurfaces at the end of every month. It emerges from the haze of time, reviving an old late-night FM radio show on which one side of a new or classic album was played.

Here is one of the cuts off tonight’s side. It’s called “Blues Trip.”

It sounds like it came out of Memphis. It didn’t.

To solve this little mystery, head over to The Midnight Tracker.

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Filed under January 2011, Sounds

Coming attractions

Three things, briefly.

1. We’re moonlighting again over at The Midnight Tracker.

This is one of the songs featured tonight. It’s written by Joseph B. Jefferson, who also wrote three huge hits for the Spinners — “Mighty Love, Part 1,” “One of a Kind (Love Affair),” “(They Just Can’t Stop It) Games People Play.”

“Ain’t It So,” New York City, from “I’m Doin’ Fine Now,” 1973. It’s out of print.

We have Side 2 of this record over at The Midnight Tracker tonight.

2. You may notice that things look a little different.

Just as we reached 500 posts, WordPress decided to retire the theme we’d been using since the beginning. So we’ve gone from Pressrow to Pilcrow.

3. Any requests for Christmas music?

The Three Under the Tree series has been retired — three years is plenty — but we’ll be along shortly with Christmas tunes as usual.

Your wish list is welcome, even requests for favorites you’ve heard here before. Leave a comment, send an e-mail, tweet it, hit me up on Facebook.

We now return you to your regular programming.

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Filed under November 2010

Moonlighting again

Just a quick little post to remind you that we also do a bit of business over at a lightly traveled little blog called The Midnight Tracker.

We don’t post there often, but that frequency feels right. It emerges from the haze of time, reviving an old late-night FM radio show on which one side of a new or classic album would be played.

Tonight on The Midnight Tracker, we have a double shot for you. Not only that, it’s a double live shot!

Here’s a little hint of what you’ll find when you head back into the haze of time and spin a couple of LPs from 1966.

Imagine what you get when Jerry Lee Lewis announces from the stage at the end of the record (and presumably the end of the show):

“Well, I’d like to do one for ya now. Ah, hope you enjoy this one. Um, pretty good tune that, uh, has done quite well for a, a lot of artists. But I’m think I’m gonna give it a little treatment here that, that it deserrrrves. I’m gonna throw the old, real, true, down-to-earth, go-gettin’ rock-and-roll beat into this one now. Boy, if you can’t shake it, you better set down because this is one you can really shake it bahyyyy!”

At which point, Jerry Lee and his Memphis Beats tear into …

“Roll Over Beethoven,” Jerry Lee Lewis, from “Jerry Lee Lewis: By Request,” 1966. It’s out of print. Recorded live at Panther Hall ballroom in Fort Worth, Texas.

Jerry Lee is just half of that double live shot from 1966. You’ll just have to head over to The Midnight Tracker to see and hear who else we’ve cued up in the midnight hour.

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Filed under October 2010, Sounds

Yes, this is soul

This is just a little reminder that we’ve updated The Midnight Tracker, our lightly traveled companion blog.

The Midnight Tracker resurfaces at the end of every month. It emerges from the haze of time, reviving an old late-night FM radio show on which one side of a new or classic album was played.

Over at The Midnight Tracker, we’re serving up one side of a record that summons up a bunch of little mysteries.

One such mystery is why this fine little upbeat slice of Muscle Shoals soul wasn’t ever released as a single.

“This is Soul,” R.B. Greaves, from “R.B. Greaves,” 1970.

For more from our mystery man, head over to The Midnight Tracker.

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Filed under February 2010, Sounds