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Narvel Felts: Narvel Felts [ABC/Dot, 1975]
An r&b singer on the country side of the fence, Narvel recalls Roy Orbison (they both worked for Sun) or Ferlin Husky at the fountain of youth. Wotta voice--he even does "Gone." It should go without saying that I love sexy r&b covers like "Slip Away" and "Honey Love" and filthy-minded country originals like "Let My Fingers Do the Walking." But even when he's maudlin and self-involved I get off some on his naked, nasal emotion. Sometimes I like the country side of the fence myself. B+