Stax / Rhino (2017, Reissue)
I'm out of Wilson Pickett records for the time being, but I'm going to keep going through some older soul records every other Thursday until I completely run out. Luckily I either picked up (or received as gifts) quite a few records that fit the bill towards the end of last year. This week's entry is Sam & Dave.
Sam & Dave were one of the very first bands I learned about stemming from my love of the Blues Brothers as a kid. They were the original artist responsible for the Blues Brother's biggest hit, "Soul Man." I remember as a kid watching some Atlantic Records anniversary TV special and Dan Aykroyd came out to sing the song with Either Sam or Dave, I don't remember which (I suppose I could look it up, but I'll just keep the memory warm and fuzzy as opposed to finding footage of it that makes it seem less magical). Since John Belushi had passed when I was about 4, this special was one of the only 'new' Blues Brothers events that happened.
Anyway, I've always had a Sam & Dave greatest hits CD. But, like with Wilson Pickett, I thought it was time to pick up some of their actual albums. Soul Men is the first and only one I have so far. I want to get more, but the record buying budget is currently a bit tighter than it's been in a while. Luckily this album has "Soul Man" on it in addition to some other incredible songs like "Broke Down Piece of Man" and "Hold It Baby."
I just love all of these old Stax record. They're very much a part of the building blocks that made me love music to begin with, but they still sound as fresh to me as they did the very first time I heard them.
Sam & Dave - "Soul Man":
Sam & Save - "Broke Down Piece of Man":