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The Wonder of Whitlock
on 26 June 2013
Calling. Calling. This is Vitalina calling all fans of Derek and the Dominos.
Buy this beautiful record. Actually, two records in one: Bobby Whitlock and Raw Velvet, both from the early 70s. God only knows why they've taken so long to get them out on CD. Astonishing: 21 songs - from a gifted artist/session man - locked away in a vault somewhere for 40 years! It's ridiculous. Someone's been playing silly buggers.
A few basic things, though. First, the albums were fine recordings right from the start. Second, the re-mastering process has subtly tweaked them sonically. (Very simply, the music coming through my speakers sounds just great.) Third, the songs range from good to outstanding. Fourth, the songs are superbly performed. (The list of supporting musicians reads like a Who's Who of the era.) Fifth, Bobby's singing is fantabulous. Sixth, he's very handsome, and still is. (Okay, the last point's shallow, but true anyway. I just had to get it in.)
Two personal highlights (on a par with Thorn Tree in the Garden): The Dreams of a Hobo, You Came Along. (Tracks worth the price of the CD alone.)
No messing, these little-known originals really do deserve wider appreciation.
Where There's a Will There's a Way is a sort of offshoot of Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs. This time it's a man doing his thing, his way. And what a way it was.
Genuinely, truly, on my life - highly recommended. (Thank you ABC-Dunhill Recordings and FDR. Better late than never.)