Lou Rawls ‎– Dead End Street / Yes It Hurts - Doesn't It

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Capitol Records ‎– 5869
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Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Single
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A1 Dead End Street Monologue
Written-By – L. Rawls*
1:27
A2 Dead End Street
Written-By – B. Raleigh*, D. Axelrod*
2:10
B Yes It Hurts - Doesn't It
Written-By – B. Raleigh*, H. B. Barnum*
2:07

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  • Matrix / Runout (SIde A Label): 45-57143
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B Label): 45-57140
  • Matrix / Runout ([Variant 1] Side A Runout): 45-57143-F3 #3 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout ([Variant 1] Side B Runout): 45-57140-F3 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout ([Variant 2] Side A Runout): 45-57143-G4 #2 IAM
  • Matrix / Runout ([Variant 2] Side B Runout): 45-57140-F3 #2 IAM
  • Rights Society: BMI

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Bradx

Bradx

August 5, 2018
Lou's opening monologue is sublime. The minimal musical vamp behind him almost like a laidback Northern beat. When he launches into the song proper, after 1:27, it always send a shiver of delight through these old bones.

Great lyrics - presumably written from his own formative experiences - telling the tale of his upbringing on the mean streets of Chicago.

Lou's phrasing, timing and controlled rasp is spot-on. So hard to do right and yet seeming so effortless. At times like this I think he's my favourite vocalist (Joe Simon might run him close though).

Alas some of his later material suffers from overwrought and florid arrangements, cooing girlie back-up singers (definitely NOT required) and softer material. Pity - as during this era Lou was well nigh untouchable.