Thursday, August 25, 2005
Martini's - Hung Over/Late Late Party
Today's record is from Memphis. It's a pair of soulful instrumentals and unlike the up-tempo fare that I usually feature, these tunes are nice, slow grooves. I'm not sure of a year of release but there's a definite 1960's Memphis soul sound present. I'd guess it dates from somewhere around 1965. The Martinis probably weren't a working band. The songwriters and, in this case, probably the players are listed on the label. I'm betting it's a bunch of session guys.
"Hung Over" is the better of the two sides. It has organ, percussion and a funky guitar. There's also a bit of sax. It conjures up images of a smoky cocktail lounge in the wee hours of the morning. It's similar to what Booker T. and the boys were doing over at Stax, only not as heavy on the bass and it's seamier. It even features the sound effect of a guy getting sick, right in the middle of it. Guess they don't call it "Hung Over" for nothing.
The flipside is called "Late Late Party". The instrumentation is similar to "Hung Over", only not as funky and less steamy. And nobody loses a meal on this side. But then, you can't have everything, can you?