Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Holy Grail of Soul




















I first became aware of this rare soul gem after reading the article on Freddie Terrell and the Soul Expedition in the April/May issue of Wax Poetics. For more information on Freddie Terrell, here is a review I wrote about Freddie Terrell and the Soul Expedition on Ear Fuzz in August. Freddie was recruited as the guitar player in Lee Moses and the Showstoppers band before Lee had recorded anything on wax. I'm not sure which songs Freddie plays on throughout Time and Place, but there is no doubt that his spirit and grace was present during the recording sessions for the album. If anyone has any extra info on Freddie's contributions to Time and Place, please give a shout.

Lee Moses recorded Time and Place on Maple Records in 1971, and it has stood the test of time as a soul/funk/gospel/psych masterpiece for the ages. It is considered by most reviewers to be one of the greatest unsung soul records ever. Peope who dug the Howard Tate record I posted on here several months ago, as well as soul aficionados, will treasure this record. By the way, if anyone is interested in the Howard Tate, let me know and I will re-up it for you.

Highlights for me include the funky and groovy "Got That Will" featuring bottom heavy bass and wah-wah guitar while Lee waxes nostalgic about the great soul legends that "made it", a slow psychedelic version of the Mama's and the Papa's "California Dreamin" with funky breakdowns, punchy horns and soul-stirring vocals and a funky interpretation of Jimi Hendrix's "Hey Joe" with an astonishing wah-wah guitar solo that is a true testament to the power of soul. There are also a couple northern-soul style slow burners such as "Adorable One" and "What You Don't Want Me to Be" where Lee vocalizes with so much intensity that he sounds like a fire and brimstone preacher exorcising evil spirits. Overall, this is an amazing record that is not to be missed.

I've gone back and forth as to whether it is ethical to share this entire album, and I have decided to share it at a lower bitrate since it has been reissued on Sanctuary/Castle Records recently. The reissue includes a lot of extra bonus tracks that weren't featured on the original album, so make sure you get that version. The version I am sharing here is the original album at 192 K, which is well below CD quality, but it still sounds good enough to sample.
I hope you enjoy this record, and if you like the record, please purchase it by visiting the links here, here, here or here. It is definitely worth it, as you get the original album plus 14 bonus tracks for your money.

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Your comments are always appreciated!

14 comments:

Kevin said...

Lee Moses- Time and Place

http://massmirror.com/206a094f59339c8fb288ccc3d831c0bd.html

Anonymous said...

Thanks Man!

I'll give this one a spin since you so highly recommended it.

iMacker said...

thank you!

MissT said...

What a great pick man!! Thanks, defo gonna pick this up!

If you can would you mind Re-upping the Howard Tate?

Thanks

MissTxx

Kevin said...

anon: I hope you dig it. Please let me know what you think.

imacker: You're welcome! I hope you keep checking out the blog.

misst: Glad you are digging the Lee Moses. I can definitely re-up the Howard Tate for you. Check back in a day or so, and it should be re-upped by then. Another way to find out when the site has been updated is to subscribe to my site feed by clicking on the icon just below Blogtopsites on the left hand side of the page.

Best, Kevin

jash said...

thanks for this!!! great blog

Burning Blue Soul said...

I bought the reissue of this and was delighted to find this here--anyone who digs this (and if you have hears and a heart you will) --should pick this baby up to be SURE. It can't be recommended highly enough. And if you would kind sir, please re-up the Howard Tate disc, it would be most appreciated.

firemanbi said...

im not to familliarwith hiswork buti appriciate it all thje same....

Anonymous said...

thanks!!!

L said...

Thanks for this and for Howard Tate. I can't wait to give both of them a listen. I appreciate all of the effort to burn and post, etc.
- LD

Kevin said...

Burning Blue Soul:

Hope you were able to download the Howard Tate! I re-upped it shortly after you posted this comment.

jash: Thanks, I am glad you are digging my picks!

firemanbi: The only one to get familiar with someone's work is to dive into it. Take some chances with music, and you will be rewarded with some great finds.

L- I think you were the same person who asked for the re-up of the aural Excursions. It has been re-upped, so check it out too. I also gave a shout to you for posting a comment and requesting it to be re-upped.

Cheers to all, Kevin

Anonymous said...

thanks for the sample listen.

Bryzo said...

Kevin, great work on this blog. The Lee Moses stuff is well good - I'll definitely pick up the reissue. Thanks again!

Musicmeiho said...

This my first visit - and all I can say is WOW!!!! FANTASTIC!!

Thank you for this.