I love slow soul burners but I as a person of limited income I tend to direct my dollars at records I can actually play more regularly at dance parties. However, there are certain 45s that are so perfectly executed, I simply can't resist purchasing a copy if given the chance. This one I actually spent years hunting down. People buy paintings so they can hang them on the wall and appreciate them and treasure them. Music is obviously something you can't look at or hang on your wall and admire. For music nerds, that's where a 45 comes in. It's the physical representation of one song (well two I guess). You can see it in the grooves. You can hold a masterpiece in your hands.
If you don't appreciate this record, I dare say...YOU DON'T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT LOVE.
Jerry Ragavoy wrote and produced some of the most definitive deep uptown soul records of the golden era of soul. However this one soars above the others. On the vocal wings of Carl Hall it reaches the upper room.
This is how to use dramatic vocal techniques effectively in a soul performance. To me, THIS is definitive. Contestants of reality tv singing contests, this is what you need to listen to. Abandon the empty histrionics and ridiculous disconnected vocal runs. Listen to what Carl Hall does in this song. Interpret song lyrics like an actor would interpret a monologue and attach emotion accordingly. Carl Hall knew this because in addition to being a singer, he was an actor.
Of course, if everyone could sing like this we'd never appreciate something so glorious as the performance etched into the grooves of this 45. And that's what makes it a masterpiece.