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Monday, November 8, 2010
JOE SIMON - WHEN
Buried as a b-side on one of Joe Simon's final (non-hit) singles for the Sound Stage 7 label, there's something about this track that overcomes its own weaknesses. While the song itself is a very simple statement of purpose, the excellent arrangement and Joe's rich vocal help transcend very average material into an uplifting track that jumped out of my speakers and just seemed RIGHT for a Monday morning.
Joe Simon was born in Louisiana, moved with his family to Richmond, CA (where he began his recording career) and as a young adult ended up in Nashville, TN where he signed to Monument records soul subsidiary Sound Stage 7. We just don't hear voices anymore with the kind of depth that Joe Simon sang with.