Sam Frazier Jr. – Take Me Back (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 43:13 minutes | 491 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | Front Cover | © Big Legal Mess Records
Having grown up listening to blues legends such as Sonny Boy Williamson and Slim Harpo in his hometown a dozen miles west of Birmingham, Alabama, Sam Frazier Jr.’s musical output has always been eclectic, but it does maintain a firm connection to the guitar and harmonica melodies of the deep south. While his soul music period was relatively short-lived, occurring before he went on to make a career for himself as a blues and country man, the recordings presented here—made between 1969 and 1971—capture Frazier’s power as a Southern soul vocalist.
The topics range widely, and the interracial harmony theme of “Black and White Love” seems particularly apropos given Frazier’s comfort in the worlds of country and blues. The songs collected here demonstrate Frazier’s ability to tackle a wide variety of soul styles, though a commonality to his approach is restraint.
“I’m not a shouter, you’ve got to sing with feeling”, explains Frazier, who expresses his admiration for Joe Simon, Bobby Womack, Arthur Alexander and Bobby “Blue” Bland, whose 1959 hit “I’ll Take Care of You” he covers here. All those artists recorded in the country-soul subgenre, which Frazier contributes to here via “Low Down and Loneliness”, the dobro-flavored “Mama Said She Ain’t Here,” and “I Got to Tell Someone”. Frazier says that he still enjoys the songs collected here, and hopes that this release will result in the attention they deserved the first time around.
01 – Take Me Back
02 – Black and White Love
03 – Set Me Free
04 – I Been Hurt
05 – Drippin’ Honey
06 – Mama Said She Ain’t Here
07 – Love Fish and Bread
08 – Don’t Spread Your Love Around
09 – Why Do People Play with Feelings
10 – No Count Man
11 – Low Down & Loneliness
12 – I’ll Take Care of You
13 – I Don’t Want Another Love
14 – I Got to Tell Someone