But let us not wring hands about the alleged assholism of the men in Turner’s life; no, let us celebrate a soul album, over-the-top on all fronts, unlike any other. In fact, I’ve never been a huge fan of the title song, a bizarre, desperate lyric (easy to imagine as the contents of a psychiatrist’s notebook) overwhelmed by echo of Grand Canyon proportions. Still, it’s almost car-crash compelling. The other Spector productions are likewise grand. Ike’s stuff is stripped down by comparison and more R&B. This is a 1970 re-issue on A&M’s budget offshoot, Mayfair, of the 1966 Lp. The liner notes retrospectively detail writer Tony Hall’s involvement in successfully breaking the troubled project in the UK (it famously flopped Stateside). I’d never heard the album till I picked it up today at Demelza House in Hythe for one pound sterling.
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