Edwin Starr – Back Street b/w Back Street (Inst)

By , May 17, 2016 11:04 am


Edwin Starr


Listen/Download – Edwin Starr – Back Street MP3

Listen/Download – Edwin Starr – Back Street (Inst) MP3

Greetings all.

Though the mighty Edwin Starr is best known to the general public for his Motown-era hits like ‘War’ and ’25 Miles’, the soulies will tell you that his greatest days were recording for the mighty Detroit soul powerhouse Ric-Tic between 1965 and 1967.

Ric-Tic, run by Joanne Bratton and Ed Wingate, released some of the finest Motor City soul of the classic era, with sides by Starr, Gino Washington, JJ Barnes, Rose Batiste, the Fantastic Four, Al Kent and many more.

Edwin Starr’s Ric-Tic sides are consistently excellent, and ‘Back Street’ is one of the best of the lot.

Written by Starr and LeBaron Taylor (both under other names) ‘Back Street’ is a fast moving number with a big following among the Northern Soul crowd.

The arrangement, featuring drums, percussion, handclaps and a prominent rhythm piano is pushed along by horn stabs and female backing vocals.

Starr’s vocal is, of course, top notch. He was one of the finest male voices working in Detroit during the classic era.

I’m also including the groovy instrumental take from the b-side, which has also been known to be spun for dancers of distinction.

I hope you dig the sounds, and I’ll see you all on Friday.

Keep the faith





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