As far as the music goes, I cannot add much to Stuart Jefferson’s superb review of this hidden nugget. His description of Moses’ gritty and pleading voice as a cross between James Brown, Otis Redding, and Wilson Pickett is on the money. This is indeed music you don’t just hear; you feel it in your whole body.
Alas, this album has been released in multiple vinyl and CD versions since its original 1971 recording, and not all of them “sound” as good as one would hope for. The initial vinyl pressing by Maple Records and the 2016 CD by Future Days Recordings offer only the original 9 songs and, unless you’re into shelling out hundreds of dollars on a collectible Maple Records copy, I’d suggest simply passing on these for that reason alone. There is a fairly economical 2011 CD pressing by Essential Media Group (the one I got) that adds 5 essential bonus tracks but cuts corners in other ways. I’ll get to that in a minute. Then we have Amazon’s own bootlegged CD-R edition, which is useless both in terms of sound and packaging. Finally, UK’s highly reputable Castle Music offers a 2007 CD version containing yet another 9 extra songs (23 total). A copy of this will set you back at least $40, but it just might be the way to go in terms of overall quality, especially since it also includes pretty much everything you’ll find on Light in the Attic’s brand new compilation, “How Much Longer Must I Wait?”
I arrived at my overall 4-star rating of Essential Media Group’s 2011 pressing of “Time and Place” as follows: 5 solid stars for the music, 3 stars for the somewhat murky sound quality, and only 1 to 1.5 star for the packaging (i.e., cover, back cover, photos, essays, credits, and liner notes)—it has none of those except the front cover. Giving more weight to the excellent music contained therein, this rounds up to 4 stars in my book.
Favorite tracks: Hey Joe, Adorable One, She’s a Bad Girl, California Dreamin’ (especially the 2nd version, where Lee’s spoken word rendition accompanied by Lionel Hampton’s groovy vibraphones almost remind me of a peculiar genre known as “Outsider Music,” a great sampling of which appears on the collection “Songs in the Key of Z,” itself worth picking up).
- 商品尺寸: 14 x 14 x 0.6 cm
- 商品重量: 72.6 g
- ASIN: B07HGBVTWZ
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