I guess the rain has put me in a mellow mood this week. It just takes one overcast day and couple of raindrops to send me straight down Introspection Road. And there's nothing I love to listen to more while I'm strolling down that street than a slow soul burner.
"Please Don't Change Me Now" is a rarely mentioned recording by the legendary Chicago group, The Dells. It's actually the b-side of one of their finer dance records "Wear It on Our Face". Both of the tunes are off of the Dells comeback There Is album released over a decade after their initial success with 1956's "Oh What A Night". What I love about "Please Don't Change Me Now" is that it brings the Dells' 1950s doo-wop roots into what was then "modern times" by decorating it with psychedelic arrangement. The contrast of these two sounds make this record all the more surreal.
It was arranged by the legendary Charles Stepney who was recruited by Chess Records in the late 60s to breathe new life into the label and give them an edge with the psychedelic hippie crowd. His arrangements have been met with mixed reviews over the years. Some folks have called them over-the-top. Others think his psychedelic experiments with blues and doo wop just didn't meld very well. His body of work can be challenging listening and doesn't always appeal to the masses, but there are definitely some masterpieces in there. I think the entire "There Is" album is one of them.
Give this cut a listen and you be the judge. I think it's perfect for a lazy, rainy Saturday morning.
DJ Action Slacks
I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!