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Thursday, January 21, 2010
TONY CLARKE - (THEY CALL ME A) WRONG MAN b/w (NO CONCEPTION) NO SENSE OF DIRECTION
This, the final single before his tragic death (allegedly in a domestic dispute) in 1970 concludes the three absolutely brilliant records released by Tony Clarke that have been featured on this blog ("Landslide" and "The Entertainer" are past entries). While all other Clarke entries were recorded in Chicago, this one was cut in Detroit and it burns strong with motor city fuel (both sides also features some of my all time favorite guitar breaks).
"(They Call Me A) Wrong Man" plays out like a one man show; the record starts out with Tony cooly explaining his life, which later explodes into a dramatic and powerful conclusion matched with a backing band that follows him every step of the way. Records simply DO NOT get better than this one. Flip side "(No Conception) No Sense Of Direction" is an excellent uptempo stomper that continues in the theme of the a side.
Mike Terry was the arranger of this record (in addition to arranging a dizzying array of other great Detroit 45's); Mike was also the baritone sax player who played incredible breaks on countless Motown hits. His horn was one of the defining sounds of Motown records, yet for some reason he wasn't part of "Standing In The Shadows Of Motown"; a travesty. He passed away in 2008.
TONY CLARKE - (THEY CALL ME A) WRONG MAN
b/w (NO CONCEPTION) NO SENSE OF DIRECTION