Conforming to the usual high standards we’ve come to expect, Rocafort Records have got their hands on another sublime soul 7inch. Originally released in 1970 on the amusingly named Kack label, soulman Bobby Jones assures us that there’s nothing but the smell of sweet soul music happening here.
Written and produced by well-known Chicago music veteran, Maurice Lee Simpkins, "Welcome Back A Foolish Man" does everything an early 70s mid-tempo two-stepper should. Urgent, pleading lyrics telling of unspeakable heartache, sweeping strings, twangy guitars, heavenly backing vocals that lift everything towards the Gods. All solidly crowned by the raw, expressive vocal talent of Bobby Jones – a consistantly worthy bluesy/soul singer who never really got the recognition he deserved.
Interesting to note that both "Welcome Back A Foolish Man" and the similarly veined B side, "Lovin’ Hard, Livin’ Good" were sung by soul siren Ruby Andrews a few years prior but with different lyrics, different composers and label. A mystery worth solving for any of you musos out there !
supported by 9 fans who also own “"Welcome Back A Foolish Man" b/w "Lovin' Hard, Livin' Good"”
Early Yann Tiersen vibes: when it's joyful and sad at the same time. The sax sings pure and beautiful. The play on words is on point, but the rhythm actually has its personal warm feeling and wood-sound that takes you away to fantasy village dances.
One of those pieces you put in loop for days. Andrea Calligaris