Thursday, December 30, 2010
WALES WALLACE - SOMEBODY I KNOW
Here's a great record from a singer that is unjustifiably obscure; produced, arranged and written by the great Eugene Record (Chi-Lites), this top notch song should have been a massive hit. It was released on a Brunswick subsidiary so distribution wasn't a factor. Another example of a great one lost in the shuffle. Little is known about Wales, other than that he later became a member of the Steelers, and he was a friend of Eugene Record and Barbara Acklin.
The song itself is of the typical high quality of Eugene's writing (which was some of the finest of the early 70's), the arrangement is fantastic, and Wales vocal delivery is simply awesome. Great backing vocals (probably the Chi-Lites) and a particularly cool ending tag. It all adds up to a perfect side.