Eric Clapton presents himself for the first time not as guitar god, but as bone-deep soul singer.
Hall and Oates started by turning down early offer from a legendary label: ‘We want to do something different’
Hall and Oates made a gutsy move, choosing to go their own way – and became genre-jumping pioneers in the process.
“Mercy!” Staples crows. “Oooh boy, you’re banging on that guit-fiddle!”
‘I just said immediately — this is it': Steve Cropper knew he had a hit with this Otis Redding favorite
And it’s not like Cropper hasn’t had a slew of them, from Wilson Pickett to Otis Redding.
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Nearly 2 billion watched as Daryl Hall and John Oates did the old Temptations moves.
Not that it’s easy to draw an answer out of the famously even-handed Stax legend.
“Had you been there,” the Staple Singers star says, “you would have heard my heart pounding.”
They had the luck of timing and a classic R&B cut. They also had something else.
“I don’t think,” Steve Cropper says, “I had even pulled my guitar out of the case yet.”
‘Amplified Soul’ is Incognito’s usual great stuff, which qualifies as well above average classic-style soul.