January 1, 2016
There are thousands of great songs by hundreds of great artistes that for whatever reason stay in their little niches when they really ought to be in the mainstream, hummed and whistled by the masses. I listen to Mary Gauthier or Irma Thomas and wonder why on earth people can be satisfied with musak by ex-X Factor acts. Recently listening to this classic virtually-forgotten tune I recall that it remained a firm favourite on my mix-tape cassettes throughout the 1970s although no-one else seemed to appreciate it.
Michael Fennelly was another American who left his band to go solo armed with a heap of great tunes and came to the UK to record them in 1973. Iggy and Lou also recorded albums here in the early 1970s that despite not making massive waves at the time would slowly gather momentum over the years. Michael’s “Lane Changer” was recorded in the UK (at CBS) and released around the time of “Raw Power” and “Transformer” but despite some fantastic tracks, such as “Touch my soul” (which was released as a single on Epic in 1974) the LP slipped under most people’s radar and has only been quite recently belatedly released on CD.
If even only a few more people now finally get to hear (and hopefully enjoy) this classic tune then this Blog’s existence will have been justified.