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Sam Dees - The Show Must Go On - Unsung Deep Soul Lyrical Genius LP
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Sam Dees - The Show Must Go On



Label: Atlantic – SD 18134
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album

Country: US
Released: 1975
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Soul, Funk


Tracklist


A1 Child Of The Streets 6:15
A2 The Show Must Go On 3:25
A3 Come Back Strong 3:03
A4 Just Out Of My Reach 3:39
A5 Claim Jumpin' 2:50


B1 Troubled Child 3:42
B2 What's It Gonna Be 4:45
B3 Worn Out Broken Heart 3:19
B4 Good Guys 3:17
B5 So Tied Up 3:49

Credits
Arranged By – Randy Richards (tracks: A1, B1 to B2), Ronnie Harris (tracks: A4, B5), Sam Dees (tracks: A1, B1 to B2), Skip Lane (tracks: A2 to A3, B3 to B4)
Arranged By [Horns] – Aaron Varnell (tracks: A5)
Artwork By – Bob Defrin
Bass – David Camon
Drums – Sherman "Fats" Carson
Engineer [Recording] – Don Mosley, Rick Matos
Guitar [Lead] – Glen Woods
Photography – Dennis Chalkin
Producer – Sam Dees



1975's The Show Must Go On is the rare and hard to find landmark Atlantic recording from unsung soul singer/songwriter Sam Dees. Although the prolific Dees may be better known as a songwriter, he takes center stage here mixing sublime soul ballads like "Worn Out Broken Heart" with powerful social commentary pieces such as "Child of The Streets," “Trouble Child” and “What’s It Gonna Be.”

This absolute southern soul gem has been hard to find for all these years for very good reason!

one of the top soul songwriters of the 70's, he recorded for SSS, Chess, Atlantic & Polydor.


"The Show Must Go On" is one of the forgotten pearls in soul music.


Only a few people seem to know or own this album..



This album is jam after jam of some of the most sublime soul/funk ever put to wax.

The instrumentation is crisp and groovy and never faltering over a 10 song span and gets you absolutely hooked from the very first minute in. Sam Dees is a versatile singer/songwriter with a sweet and smooth delivery that is comparable to that of any of the deep soul or southern soul singers.

His name ranks among the under-appreciated greats who’ve crafted classics only to have them lost in the fold such as Leon Ware and Lee Courtney.

I garner that just one listen of The Show Must Go On is all it would take for anyone to recognize him as a gifted artist.

The album starts off with “Child of the Streets” giving you exotic sounds until Dees commences his narrative “your father is a pusherman…your mother is a solicitor…” Yes, this song is for all intensive purposes just on another level, and it takes a lot for a track to stand out in an album full of tracks that all sound like bonafide soul anthems and ballads.
But this track is special because of its daring character sketching, elegant composition, and the heart pouring performance. Everything from the chorus, to the bridge, and the echoing vocals of Dees gently make their way into your ears like the way Curtis Mayfield is known to with his songs.

He leaves the story open ended, as he sets up the situation of a disenfranchised inner city boy, asking “whatchu gonna do? …where you gonna run to?…are you gonna grow?”.

This album contains plenty of plenty of directly positive messages too in songs like “Come Back Strong” and “What’s It Gonna Be”. Themes of perseverance run side by side with themes of hardships in songs like “Troubled Times” and “Worn Out Broken Heart”.

Yet one thing runs common; all of them have top notch production full of lush strings, horn sections, and gentle keyboards.

The title track has Dees in spoken word channeling a fragile heart to face the difficulties in a relationship. The resolution comes in having to put on a show for her lover and possibly winning heart back because its the only choice; love fueled by necessity. He sings about the inevitably of success, getting one’s due, and reaping the rewards, and it makes for a signature ballad for him.

There is a number of notable ballads on this such as “Just Out Of My Reach” and “So Tied Up” with blazing performances that keep you coming back for more. When the songs do change pace its only a tad bit which keeps the breeziness of the compositions intact. “Good Guys” and “Claim Jumpin” are among those that may even have you up out of your seat at times with their energy. You can depend on this album for many things end to end,


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Sam Dees - So Tied Up

(1975)





SAM DEES --- CHILD OF THE STREETS

The album starts off with “Child of the Streets” giving you exotic sounds until Dees commences his narrative “your father is a pusherman…your mother is a solicitor…” Yes, this song is for all intensive purposes just on another level, and it takes a lot for a track to stand out in an album full of tracks that all sound like bonafide soul anthems and ballads.
But this track is special because of its daring character sketching, elegant composition, and the heart pouring performance. Everything from the chorus, to the bridge, and the echoing vocals of Dees gently make their way into your ears like the way Curtis Mayfield is known to with his songs.



This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 30 May, 2012.

 
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