Friday, September 4, 2009

FSOTD #14/Please Don't Go (1974)

There's a never-ending argument in trying to decide which band or artist had the best run of albums in the seventies. Was it Pink Floyd? What about Steely Dan? The Rolling Stones? There are a few other possibilities, but none any better than Stevie Wonder. From 1972 to 1976, he released five albums that compare favorably with any recording artist of any time. Even the Beatles, but let's no go there. Let's go instead to 1974's Fulfillingness' First Finale. Today's first song of the day is the last song on side 2, "Please Don't Go." It's classic Stevie - a little acoustic piano, some harmonica and a joyful up-tempo R&B rhythm. The lyrics are plaintive, passionate and even polite...Please Don't Go.

Looking back to yesterday's Elvis Costello track, I find it somewhat dumbfounding that these two songs were released only three years apart. For me, and even for the pop music scene, they were worlds apart, the space between filled by another body in the music constellation - disco.


FSOTD will take a weekend break for "near-camping" and family frolicking in Tennessee. Have a great weekend.

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