Monday, June 09, 2008

All Aboard Luther Ingram's Ghetto Train!

Luther Ingram - Ghetto Train

One of the great things about the CD era is that there have been so many great soul comps, and even when the comps feature an act who's not terminally obscure, they often allow the listener to re-evaluate the artist. Such is the case with Kent's two great Luther Ingram comps, Pity for the Lonely: The Ko Ko Singles, Vol. 1 and I Don't Want to Be Right: The Ko Ko Singles, Vol. 2. Although Ingram is obviously best known for the 1972 smash "(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right," he put out a fantastic series of Southern soul sides on Johnny Baylor's Ko Ko label from 1968 to 1978. I've featured quite a few Ingram cuts on the blog and podcasts lately, I know, but - and to borrow one of his Ko Ko titles - "I Can't Stop" featuring his fine music.

"Ghetto Train" was a 1971 single, and the Southern soul-meets-Shaft soundtrack groove stomps along nicely while Ingram paints fine word pictures of life in the 'hood, from the workday commute (and its frequent delays) to the partying and penance of the weekend. You can't sit still on this cheerful-sounding side!

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