Monday, November 28, 2005

Thank You

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In hindsight, I probably should have featured this cover of the Sly Stewart original before the Thanksgiving holiday due to the title, but I was quite crazed by the Black Lightning 45 at the time. Anyway, here's guitarist Melvin Sparks' cover of "Thank You" from 1970, one of the few remaining Prestige 45s I am after.

Since Melvin was a jazz guitarist, this is a guitar-led version of "Thank You". It is a somewhat mellow tune that slowly builds. The drums slowly come up in the mix more and the organ gets more of a spotlight as well, but it is all about the guitar. And the guitar is spot on - just enough to convey the feeling thoroughly. Backing him up are Leon Spencer on the organ, Idris Muhammed on the drums, and Virgil Jones and John Manning on the horns. Nice tune.


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