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Otis Williams and the Midnight Cowboys

  • Otis Williams and the Midnight Cowboys [Stop, 1971] B

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Otis Williams and the Midnight Cowboys [Stop, 1971]
In which an old r&b pro (the Charms, remember?) who used to sing harmony on King's country releases heads an all-black country band in a passionately subversive union of two disparate but parallel modes. Granted, his slightly melismatic tenor doesn't equal Charley Pride's penetrating baritone on "Is Anybody Goin' to San Antone" or "Wonder Could I Live There Anymore." But Charley would never deliver the "come here boy" in "Muleskinner Blues" with such sarcastic relish. B