Monday, October 23, 2006

The Atmospheric Soul of William Bell!

William Bell - All For The Love Of A Woman

Soul legend William Bell's legacy as an artist is often presented in terms of the two major bookends of his career in the '60s and '70s, the Southern soul masterpiece, "You Don't Miss Your Water," his first hit, and the post-Stax "Trying To Love Two," his only #1 Billboard R&B hit. Fortunately for Stax fans and soul fans in general, the wide range of material he recorded during his long tenure at Stax shows a versatile artist whose sound evolved with fabulous results.

Today's selection was released in 1971 and right away the atmosphere of the record caputres one's attention. The strings and the chorus swirl about and then Bell steps in to explain that for a woman a man is liable to do anything - certainly things that aren't so nice, as his litany of items over the song's hook shows. It's one of my favorite Bell records.

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