Tuesday, April 01, 2008

"Funny How Time Slips Away" - The Series (#2)

Joe Tex - Funny How Time Slips Away

Danny Woods - Funny How Time Slips Away

Joe Tex needs no introduction to the readers of this blog, so the second installment of the "Funny" series will feature his great reading of the song from the Soul Country album. It's no surprise that Joe was very comfortable with country music, and it didn't hurt things that he worked with Nashville music impresario Buddy Killen. Joe's warm reading of the song fit nicely with the relaxed, stop-time groove the rhythm section put down, and the heavy horns provide a nice shading to the track.

Danny Woods is a member of the Chairmen of the Board, the Detroit soul act put together by Holland-Dozier-Holland after they left Motown to start their Invictus/Hot Wax concern. (I say "is" rather than "was" because in the '90s Woods and General Johnson re-formed the group, and they are quite popular in the Carolina shag music scene.) Although General Johnson's lead vocals are given most of the praise (in part because of his brilliant job on the smash hit "Give Me Just a Little More time"), Woods' gospel-rich voice fronted quite a few hits by the group, including "Pay to the Piper," "Tricked and Trapped" and others. In 1972, H-D-H decided to record each member of the group on a solo project alongside the group's Bittersweet LP. Unfortunately, all four projects were not big successes, but they all included some great music. Danny's album, Aries, included this great version of "Funny." Woods set up the song with a nice monologue (which includes the line "I walked into this barbecue joint - I mean steak house," which never ceases to make me smile) and then did a fine job with the song.

1 comment:

Seth said...

A "fine job" is a complete understatement, said the grasshopper to the Master. Please forgive my humble criticism.