Little Lois Barber - Specify
A couple of weeks ago I gushed forth with praise for John Ciba's excellent new Birmingham soul compilation CD, and its tracks are still getting heavy rotation on my iPod and stereo. I have come to the conclusion that today's selection, were it the only tune on the CD, would warrant the entire CD's purchase price. It is very unfortunate that nothing is known about Lois Barber (Ciba's research and interviews with key Sounds of Birmingham figures came up empty, though not for a lack of trying), because her performance of "Specify" is absolutely electrifying. With her awesome vocals, the great background singing, and the churchy piano that stands out in the arrangement, the song is breathtakingly beautiful. I strongly reiterate that if you have not purchased this fine CD yet, find a retailer where it is available and get your hands on it.