Thursday, April 06, 2006

Sweet Soul Music, Whispers-Style

The Whispers - Needle in a Haystack

Although it wasn't until the '80s that the Whispers really made their greatest mark on the R&B charts, the group, anchored by the Scott twins, made their debut on Dore in 1964 and stayed with that label for most of the decade before getting their first tastes of hit action at Soul Clock and Janus. "Needle in a Haystack" is one of their Dore recordings, and I think it should've been right up there with a lot of the East Coast soul hits of the late '60s. The song is the total opposite of the driving Velvelettes song of the same name, featuring a very nice mid-tempo groove and great singing by the group. The arrangement also features two nice double-time sections that add a little excitement to things.

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