Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Jack Harris and the Arabians - Dog Wild
I went out looking for records last Friday in the town of Centralia, Illinois, about 40 miles north of here. I've been up there before, with moderate success. This time, I stopped by a couple of thrift shops that I hadn't seen before. I found quite a few good records and nothing cost more than 15 cents! Today's record is the cream of that crop, "Dog Wild" by Jack Harris and the Arabians. It's even on a label in keeping with the season.
Information on today's record is pretty scarce. I've seen it listed as a 1963 release but I'm not positive that's accurate. I can't dig up anything on Jack Harris or his band. This might have been their only disc.
"Dog Wild" is an upbeat, r&b screamer that begins with a vocal growl that will continue throughout the song. Horns join in to trade lines with the singer. All the while, the drummer is pounding away in the background. After the third verse, the singer let's out a yell and then we get treated to a wailing sax break. Then, the singer's back with the horns and drums to do several more verses and round out the song. And all of this concludes in under two minutes, as though it were a race against time.
Over on the flipside, there's another winner called "Son of A Twister". This one is more of a straight ahead dance tune. The horns are back and the vocal a tad more controlled. There's another sax break and it's also up-tempo, made for cutting the rug. You can't go wrong either way, making my 15 cents quite well spent.