Thursday, July 26, 2007
Jimmy McCracklin - "The Drag"
Heading into the weekend, I thought that I'd post something upbeat and simple, something that you can dance to for the next three days or so. So, I give you "The Drag" by Jimmy McCracklin, another of my St. Louis record show finds and a winner by any measure.
In my somewhat limited experience, just about any record by McCracklin is worthwhile. The ones that I have range from good to outstanding, with "The Drag" being my new favorite. The disc is from 1961, meaning that McCracklin had been recording for a good 15 years when it was released.
"The Drag" begins with a set of hand-claps, followed by a pounding drum beat and horns. McCracklin starts vocalizing about various dances of the day and then promptly advises that you forget all of those and do the drag instead. And given that it's such a stomper, who's to argue?
The song has backing vocals on each chorus and a cool sax break. It also has that grade z, lo-fi sound that was on all of those U.S. Bonds singles of the day. Yep, a real good one for bopping into the weekend.