Thursday, September 2, 2010
HAROLD BURRAGE - THINGS AIN'T WHAT THEY USED TO BE (SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE)
Harold Burrage is one of the most important, yet overlooked, figures in Chicago soul whose recording career began in 1950. Dying far too young (age 35), he never lived to see the success of his proteges Otis Clay and Tyrone Davis, and he only had one minor national hit (although most of his records were huge regionally in Chicago).
I love the steady restraint (which somehow manages to drive forward) that the musicians show on this track, with an incredible guitar break and a lush bed of Hammond B3 underneath. And, at the end of the track, a male version of the Vandellas comes in for a final little backing vocal hook. Brilliant arranging.