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Special Night by Lee Fields & The Expressions

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Label: Big Crown Records
Lee Fields & The Expressions’ Special Night returns listeners to less complicated times, when soul meant singing a song from the inside out, and wasn’t a pastiche or a throwback. Or nü anything. At 65, Fields’ voice is still packed with the raw passion and power as it was when he first started singing at the age of 17 and was nicknamed JB because of his physical and vocal similarity to the great James Brown. Now 40 years later, he‘s a more nuanced singer and a better stylist with a larger emotional vocabulary — if you don’t believe it, just listen to “I’m Coming Home,” with it’s combination of social and romantic concerns: “The man tried his best to work me to death/Now I’m heading home so glad to be alone with my baby/She gets me a drink and I start to think she’s indelible. So incredible.” So is this album.

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