Jimmy Hughes: Steal Away (Fame, 1964)
A really great record will grab you by the scruff of the excuse-me from what young people describe as "the get go" and never - not ever - let you go. Well, that's precisely what Hughesy (I call him Hughesy like he's an old pal where, in fact, he died eleven years ago and, surprisingly, we never met) does here. The tune has been written a thousand times before, but that great big pumped-up bass and the tinkling piano figures reset your ears beautifully, making Jimmy Hughes' entrance all the more welcome. "I've got to see you somehow, not tomorrow, right now, I know it's late, but I can't wait, so steal away..." Brilliant voice, brilliant song, from Take Me To The River: A Southern Soul Story 1961 - 1976 on Ace Records - a great album that doesn't exist on the internet yet but is out in October. October!