Samstag, 18. Juni 2022

Odetta - Odetta sings (1970)

When Bob Dylan released "Street Legal" using horns, choirs, and hordes of session musicians, the result gave an idea of how tired he was, and "Odetta Sings" seems to be the result of similar situation, including tiredness and lack of new ideas. 

Most of the tracks are covers, the original artists ranging from Elton John to James Taylor, made into R&B.

The band is as distinguished as can be expected, including Merry Clayton on vocals, and, at times, the groove and the gospel feeling gives a hint of the Staple Singers, but often it sounds just like the slightly pompous soulified pop that would haunt arena concerts throughout the '70s when the artists of the previous decade ran out of creativity. And it is uncertain if it's merit that Odetta took on this style before it became really popular. Only two songs are written by Odetta herself, "Hit or Miss" and "Movin' It On," which is a shame since they are by far the best tracks of the album. Odetta's deep, dark, warm voice distinguishes her from most soul singers, and these two songs give an idea of what it could have sounded like had she decided to release a real soul album -- an album without one single Paul McCartney song. -

"Take Me to the Pilot" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 2:53
"Mama Told Me (Not to Come)" (Randy Newman) – 2:53
"Every Night" (Paul McCartney) – 3:02
"Hit or Miss" (Odetta Gordon) – 2:52
"Give a Damn" (Bob Dorough, Stuart Scharf) – 3:08
"My God and I" (John Buck Wilkin) – 4:28
"Lo and Behold" (James Taylor) – 2:58
"Bless the Children" (Don Cooper) – 2:24
"No Expectations" (Mick Jagger, Keith Richards) – 3:25
"Movin' It On" (Odetta Gordon) – 2:32

(320 kbps, cover art included)

6 Kommentare:

Anonym hat gesagt…

One night in the late 70s I saw Odetta get up on stage and sing with Southside Johnny and Shawn Colvin backed by the Buddy Miller Band. Incredible.

Bob Mac hat gesagt…

Thanks for this one.

Il Commendatore hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot!!!

john hat gesagt…

Many thanks for this album. The review is a bit unkind ... but to be honest I don't like Paul McCartney or his song either!

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks for your comments and for sharing your concert memories with us.

Anonym hat gesagt…

Dear Sir, restore?

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