Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Hard Times, In This Crazy Town: Baby Huey & the Babysitters- The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend (1971)
A message to all the fools who haven't heard The Baby Huey Story: get your dark-age asses over to Flabbergasted Vibes and see the light. There's not much I can say here that Flabbergast doesn't handle with aplomb over there, but I will point out that this record has two of the best soul/funk mindblowers of all time: the driving, succinct, and perfect "Hard Times", and the utterly bonkers "A Change Is Going To Come".
The latter being a meandering yet ruthlessly precise nine-and-a-half minute ballad-- both wrenchingly in touch with the 70's zeitgeist and, surprisingly, graced with the wacky sense of humor of the Baby himself. Soaring, echo-drenched screams, rambling monologues (with baffling, extremely conspicuous echo dropped on key words, to spectacular effect) hammering horns, and a perplexing, unsettling finale. This song is an all-time great. All-time. After you hear it, the phrases "all these changes I'm goin' through" and "it's time for you to get mellow one more time" will always bring the warmest smile to your heart.
Go there. Get it. It's time for - for YOU- to get mellow one more time.
*Flabbergast's link is kaput, so here's one from me. **And if anyone had trouble with my last link, I just upped a new one
THE LIVING LEGEND (320)
Also, y'all, if you aren't already certain that Flabbergasted Vibes is the good spot to know, it's time to go through a change.