Various Artists - In the Naked City (Kent CDKEND 299)
"There are eight million stories in the naked city". Bob Rockchild has listened to a compilation of soulful urban dwellers
“Naked City?” I hear you ask. Well that was the name of a tv crime drama that focused on the lives of the detectives of New York's 65th Precinct. The emphasis in the stories was mostly on real-life crime and the human element. The regular narrative sign off was “There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.” This cd contains 24 memorable stories spanning from 1962 up until 1972. Very soulful, emotional and sincere.
And it’s not just songs about New York City on here. The content is about trying to meet the demands of any metropolis head on. Any cd with performances by giants such as Chuck Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Jackie Wilson and Walter Jackson don’t really need Uppers recommendation for you to investigate, right? And then you also get songs by Clyde McPhatter, Jackie Shane, Dee Clark and Jerry Butler. So as you probably can tell, we’re talking quality here. High quality.
However, as a big Dusty Springfield fan I’m not sure about Jerry Butler’s version of “I Don’t Want to Hear It Anymore”. But you know, that’s just me.
[Published 1 June 2008]
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