Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Blues/Soul 45

ZZ Hill - "I Need (Someone To Love Me)" b/w "Oh Darling" is a nice 45 that I came across for next to nothing recently. Hill was a killer soul/blues singer, kind of like a less-smooth Bobby Bland. Maybe a bit more gospel than Bland? I dunno, I dig his stuff from this period (late 60's/early 70's), although his later stuff can be on the corny side, as happened to most singers in the late 70's/early 80's. "I Need" is a slow blues ballad with some wicked guitar tone, and sometimes inappropriate strings, which I find endearing rather than annoying in this instance. The title pretty much tells the story of what the song's about, and the delivery is spot on. "Oh Darling" is an uptempo blues in the soul/blues style. Again, the lyrics are simple, and the title alone should suggest to you most of what's said in the tune. It's the pleading thing that blues singers are so known for, and Hill was all over it. The instrumentation is nicer on this piece, and again the guitar tone and playing is just NASTY, in the best way. Simple, taking just the perfect spot in the backseat, allowing the vocals to really tell the tale. Download it below:


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