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Intense yet little known 'soul sketches' gem
on 3 January 2007
A highly under valued song-writer in his own right, Sam Dees 1975 LP, 'The Show Must Go On' remains unavailable; so step forward the highly reliable Ace / Kent label to proffer this unfaltering near-on 80 minutes of gut-wrenching, tear enducing and emotionally charged resume. The brevity and sparseness of the majority of these piano-led cuts is the clearest giveaway to the fact that what we have here are unfinished demo versions, yet this only serves to add to the whole and in no way prevents the vocal interpretation applied to the superlative self-penned material pushing this up toward being one of the greatest ever deep soul releases -this truly is music from the heart.
Do not expect horns and swooning strings; there is a magic to this release made all the more great by the absense of over-production. The anguish and feeling imparted to the listener is without parallel. 'Number One, Second To None' has to be one of the most simply beautiful celebrations of love for your woman ever released. Yet this sits directly alongside more hurt messages such as 'Home Wreckers' and 'I'm Gonna Give You Just Enough Rope (To Hang Yourself').
This release is absolutely indispensable within the context of the criminally sparse Dees catalogue containing 23-tracks of sheer brilliance. Why oh why are we being denied more?!