This album will always be defined by its lead-off moment, as the Temptations take a kid’s song and transform it into a funked-out Yuletide hoot.
D’Angelo, Paul Rodgers, Roger Daltrey and Branford Marsalis are included on Nick DeRiso’s Best of 2014 list for blues, R&B and jazz records.
With D’Angelo’s pertinent message, color-blurring harmonics and a total lack of slickness, ‘Black Messiah’ is a worthy successor to ‘Voodoo.’
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.
‘We really did come full circle': Live Aid provided worldwide stage as Hall and Oates honored their heroes
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.”