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Friday, March 12, 2010

BETTY HARRIS - THERE'S A BREAK IN THE ROAD


If producer/ NOLA genius wasn't influenced by the work of that other NOLA genius Eddie Bo when he cut this record with Betty Harris, I would be very surprised. The backing from the Meters (featuring the mind bending drumming of Ziggy Modeliste) is some of the funkiest, most exciting music these guys ever cut (and that's really sayin' something, as the Meters were a force of nature on just about every recording in their catalog).

Every piece on this track is unadulterated genius from the incredible horns (no one does it like Toussaint) to the snaky feedback guitar (Leo Noccentelli) that runs thru the track.

And how about Betty's vocals? Toussaint cut a string of 45's with her, and this was their final collaboration (and also her final release, period). Sometimes the cliche "saving the best for last" actually stands up.

This record leaves me speechless!

from 1969...

BETTY HARRIS - THERE'S A BREAK IN THE ROAD

7 comments:

Perrata 2000 said...

wow!!!!

wilfofhove said...

Crikey.
Thought I had all of Betty's stuff. Then this...funky as fcuk. Amazing. Ta muchly, Derek. You've outdone yourself and not for the first time. Cheers feller, JWW

pwr2thepeopleman said...

love the bass and drums. very cool

Holly said...

SO good - thank you!

Brian Phillips said...

Great song!

This site credits James Black as the drummer. I had heard that this was basically Betty Harris and the Meters, but it does sound like Black on drums.

http://drummerworld.com/drummers/James_Black.html

pitter patter said...

fabulous track!! Lovin' it!
Thanks Derek, you're a gem!!

Pete said...

Hey all - I just was looking at that same drummerworld site and found that they ALSO give Zigaboo credit - funny, and I guess - the source of the confusion!

http://www.drummerworld.com/drummers/Joseph_Modeliste.html