Maestro's Select“It doesn't get much more rare and mysterious than this. An obscure one-off 45 from an artist that never recorded again and seemed to drop of the face of the Earth.” After one band member was killed in Vietnam and another went into the service, the artist recorded these songs as a duet in 1974 with his bassist – the only other remaining band member. Resulting in deep contemporary soul.
While most of the obscure old records being reissued by Floating Points' Melodies label fetch eye-wateringly high prices on the second-hand market, there's no doubt that they're all astonishingly good. This latest gem - a little-known 1974 7" from folk-soul songwriter Bobby Wright (now Abu Talib) - is another fantastic example. "Blood of an American", a sweet sounding but politically heavyweight song inspired by the singer-songwriter's opposition to the Vietnam War, is every bit as inspired as the works of that better-known folk-soul legend, Terry Callier. In fact, B-side "Everyone Has His Day" sounds like a long-lost Callier recording. As ever, the record is beautifully packaged and comes bundled with a 16-page "mini-zine" packed with interviews and articles about the record.
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