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Lee Fields & The Expressions : Faithful Man
I sometimes wonder if Freud was a fan of soul music. Let’s not get bogged down with the time and space specifics of late 1800’s Austria. I just mean, at its very essence, soul music is the perfect embodiment of Freud’s structural model of the psyche. Id, Ego, Super-Ego all rolled up in one nattily dressed package. Most soul music can be broken down accordingly: from the Id - “I Can’t Turn You Loose”, to the Ego - “This is a man’s world, but it wouldn’t mean nothing without a women or a girl”, to the Super-Ego “Me and Mrs. Jones, we got a thing going on.” Funky Freud: now there is one for the Soul Train scramble board.
It’s now time to up your cool quotient a little bit and let some Lee Fields & The Expressions into your life. Mr. Fields has put out a solid album called “Faithful Man” on the über-cool Brooklyn-based Truth and Soul Records label. This album combines some talented young players joining forces with the real-deal soul sounds of Mr. Fields. And what could have easily digressed into a failed urban gentrification experiment, soars instead as a faithfully recorded traditional soul album from a legitimate soul survivor. Turn back the clock and perk up your ears, here is their great song “You’re the Kind of Girl” -
(And no, you hipster jerks; he is not the guy from the Black Keys “Lonely Boy video. Geeesh, show some r-e-s-p-e-c-t.)
Lee Fields is a man who has been singing and releasing music all his life, and for one reason or another never got the call up to the big leagues by the fickle and sometimes cruel Lady Music. But, as the title states, Mr. Fields has always been a Faithful Man to the music. One can only hope that this effort gets him some love overdue. Now do your part, just swap this album out for the new Cee-Lo disc in your friend’s record collection. You will be a better friend for doing it. And they will be able to enjoy a great man and a great band testifying.
You can bet your last money that it has been a stone gas. And as always in parting, I wish you Love, Peace and Soul.
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