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New Ever Soul 45 - Darrell Banks - Don't Know What To Do b/w My Love Is Reserved

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Darrell Banks

Don’t Know What To Do b/w My Love Is Reserved

DAP-1046 (ES 103)

When it comes to sixties soul music, Memphis vs. Detroit equals raw vs. smooth, gritty vs. slick,down-home vs. uptown, right? At least that's the received wisdom. So how do you explain these two polished yet gut-wrenching tracks, originally released on the Memphis-based Stax/Volt label, by Detroiter Darrell Banks. You can start by throwing that tired Detroit-vs.-Memphis cliché right out the window.

As it turns out, the 1969 LP on which "Don't Know What to Do" and "My Love Is Reserved" benefited from a bit of the magic of both cities.


Banks's "Here to Stay" album was, like much other Stax/Volt material of the time, ironically enough, recorded at Detroit's legendary United Sound studios, with a star-studded roster of Detroit talent chipping in: The great producer Don Davis (who'd previously worked with Banks on the hit “Open the Door to Your Heart ” for Detroit 's Revilot label), hired many months earlier by Stax to Detroitify its sound, helmed the sessions; bandleader-organist Rudy Robinson contributed arrangements; local board whiz Ed Wolfrum engineered; Steve Mancha and the Brothers of Soul's Fred Bridges and Richard Knight wrote these two songs; and presumably those are some of the Funk Brothers playing, augmented by what sound like Memphis horns. The results speak for themselves: moody, punchy, relentless, with a fully produced but rough-hewn beauty to the backing that 's just a perfect match for the deep soulfulness of Banks's voice.

Matt "Mr. Fine Wine" Weingarden (WFMU)



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