Joe Simon – 1976 – Today

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Joe Simon is a very underrated and yet a highly respected Soul singer in Soul circles.

Τhis album does not have some of the country elements that Simon is usually associated with but it does have some bluesy, soulful vocals. The record is really an attempt at a disco-y album and has some pretty decent mid to up-tempo numbers including a barely recognizable version of the Rolling Stones’ “Let’s Spend The Night Together“,  Willie Dixon’s “I Just Want to Make Love to You”  which first recorded by Muddy Waters and two disco hits “I Need You, You Need Me” a top 5 R’n’B single and  “Come Get To This“.

Tracks
A1
Let’s Spend The Night Together 5:42
A2
I Just Want To Make Love To You 4:44
A3
Let The Good Times Roll 2:57
A4
Come Get To This 4:56
B1
What A Wonderful World 3:21
B2
I Need You, You Need Me 3:07
B3
I’ll Take Care (Of You) 3:03
B4
Music For My Lady 3:33

Hidden bonus LP  Joe Simon Sings 1969 included in the links

Review by The Soul Shack

Sometimes you come across a Soul record that makes you frown. Much like R&R, Soul music often delivers best on the very edge of good taste. Some of Soul’s greatest records are very dubious in that respect indeed. Are the records of Barry White still good taste, despite their candle lit pornographic aura, sure enough they are! But its a fine line. And sometimes the finest talents in Soul trip over that line. One of those rather embarrassing yet strangely entertaining examples is Joe Simon‘s cover of “Let’s Spend The Night Together“. The track is buried on Joe Simon’s 1976 album “Today“. The record that would definitely take Joe Simon into the Disco age. Before that Joe Simon had been one of the great Southern Soul singers. His version of “Chocking Kind” is still the definitive rendition of that song, no matter how many Joss Stones you throw at that sucker. His Gamble & Huff produced albums are bonified Soul classics out of period where Disco still meant putting a bow tie on the Funk. But shortly after those Philly productions things started to go downhill for the like of Joe Simon, maybe even Soul in general. Philly Soul evolved into Disco, a lawyer designed genre that according to George Clinton of Funkadelic fame was trying to fax it in. Countrified Soul shouters like Simon simply couldn’t adapt.

Popular myth has it that Punk destroyed Rock. I think that premises is false. Punk revived some of R&R’s core values. If there’s anything that “destroyed” Rock, as far as it was ever really tore down, it was Disco, F.M. Radio and mega multi million sales. F.M. Radio, which was at first a vessel for R&R, soon became predictable and overly formatted. As multi million dollar enterprises they seem to have one objective, not to offend and push as much meaningless drivel as they could. Disco suited the job just perfectly. It had none of the grits and gravy either R&R or Southern Soul had. Hell even Motown would soon prove to be too raw for the new radio formats. For the longest while F.M. wouldn’t get more risky than the Eagles or Bony M. Acts like the Stones and Joe Simon suffered. But where the Stones cleverly adapted with discofied Rock as “Miss You”, Simon was left stumbling through the studio with Bob Clearmountain at the production wheel. Though Clearmountain has a good reputation for producing and mixing good and solid R&R albums in a period when they were a dying breed, even he couldn’t help a Soul shouter like Simon find his groove. “Today” is marred by the same problems may of the Soul albums seem to have in that era, a sense of detachment. Not quite Soul, not quite Disco and not quite the Quiet Storm that would soon come yet. On “Stay” we hear an artists clinging on to Country Soul while trying to make Disco, trying to remain true to himself while trying to blend into a crowd where he suddenly looks like the ugly duckling.

The result of that strain is unfortunately an uncomfortable piece of cheese. Maybe if F.M. radio and the record business would have had the guts to invest in tail end sales as well artists like Joe Simon would have survived into the next decade. The backlash at Disco might not have been so great and might not have taken down Soul in its demise. Maybe it would have given Joe Simon enough breathing space to produce truly great records. In theory his version of “Let’s Spend The Night Together” should have kicked David Bowie‘s ass. Unfortunately the practice of the second half of the seventies was different. Over the course of just a few years the music industry, Soul  and R&R turned into an embarrassing mess. Sometimes it seems Soul never truly recovered. (A tough review which i do not totally agree with)

Biography and Discography by Wikipedia

Enjoy two more LP’s of Joe Simon  ” Drowining In The Sea Of Love” and  “The Power of Joe Simon” in our back pages here.

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21 Comments
  • Philip Byrnes
    Posted at 16:09h, 08 July 2012 Reply

    Thank you so much for posting this and all of the other great music that is posted on your blog. It is wondefully enjoyable to listen to music that was so much a part of my musical growth and evokes so many great memories. I also greatly appreciate the information provided about each selection. This bllog is unique and I have been guilty of appreciaitng its treasures and not voicing before that appreciation. Thanks again for the commitment and effort on behalf of those of us who love this musc.

  • Grumpy
    Posted at 21:49h, 08 July 2012 Reply

    This sounds very promising … can’t wait for the download to finish! Thanks!

  • Antonio
    Posted at 09:56h, 09 July 2012 Reply

    Well done man. thank you.

  • rich
    Posted at 21:16h, 09 July 2012 Reply

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  • whoknows
    Posted at 00:29h, 10 July 2012 Reply

    THANKS! again and again!

  • TJ
    Posted at 01:13h, 10 July 2012 Reply

    High school!…Man!…..the memories.

  • Carlos Rodrigo
    Posted at 10:45h, 10 July 2012 Reply

    Never seen it before. I’m diggin..thanx

  • greg
    Posted at 18:40h, 10 July 2012 Reply

    sounds good. yet another dope discovery thanks to this website and your amazing work !

  • Brotherpete
    Posted at 20:21h, 10 July 2012 Reply

    Thanks for RS link!

  • Norman
    Posted at 21:11h, 10 July 2012 Reply

    Definitely a great singer! He could sing anything with this amazing voice. Deep Soul, Country Soul, Disco, Southern soul. I liked his Philly connection years more than ever though.

  • Funk103
    Posted at 21:18h, 10 July 2012 Reply

    man this was the shit and everybody was dancing  o constantly.

  • Sooulid
    Posted at 22:32h, 10 July 2012 Reply

    Thanks for sharing!

  • jANET
    Posted at 02:26h, 12 July 2012 Reply

    Joe is Soul. Great quality rip. Thanks for the bonus too.

  • karlito
    Posted at 02:26h, 14 July 2012 Reply

    thats a good start to something great .

  • T-Swift
    Posted at 17:53h, 14 July 2012 Reply

    This is the one album I’ve been dying to see…….my dad had this album and lost it…….I’ve been looking for this ever since…..thanks MOO and NIKOS!!

  • Jordan
    Posted at 01:19h, 15 July 2012 Reply

    man, this is so good. i like it.

  • Name
    Posted at 01:27h, 15 July 2012 Reply

    I have this album got it when I was in the army in the 70s and love it. Thanks to you i can enjoy a perfect rip on my Mac.

  • Klauds
    Posted at 09:02h, 16 July 2012 Reply

    sounds even better on vinyl 🙂

  • Joe
    Posted at 20:02h, 16 July 2012 Reply

    Lovin It!!!!! Thanks for posting it….

  • Noa
    Posted at 09:46h, 17 July 2012 Reply

    That’s music!. Thanks cause I’ve never heard the full album before but one or two numbers.

  • PeleM
    Posted at 15:59h, 19 July 2012 Reply

    This is a great pic. i never saw this one.

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