Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut. This is updated (almost) daily.
Let me initially defer to rock critic legend Bob Christgau, who wrote of this album back in 1970:
"For all of side one this walks the tightrope between soul music and cocktail jazz, a diverting performance. Side two topples into the martinis, but something of a sleeper anyway. B[Later: C+ ]"
Well, Christgau wasn't exactly taken by the LP but it took diggers to redeem this one and only effort by the Tabac (which I believe means "tobacconist"). The album is hard to describe though Christgau comes close to nailing this - it's a little bit jazzy, soulful and definitely rock influenced. Jazzman's Gerald helped to blow up interest in the LP by comping the B-side's "I Can't Keep From Cryin' Sometimes" - a fantastic, swinging jazz vocal number. Jazzman also comped their cover of "Get Back" which is a funked up, jazzy (not to mention campy) version of the Beatles' classic. "The Other Side of Life" is an original composition by Tabac drummer Sonny Castella which is a slow, bluesy jam that sounds like Fleetwood Mac with a funk upgrade - nice. "Magic One" is another jazz slinger, giving guitarist Chuck Anderson a chance to let loose. Last but not least is the album's final song, "I Got To You", a pop stepper that sounds somewhere between Nancy Sinatra and Diana Ross. The beauty in this album is how versatile the sound is - no two songs really sound alike.