musicology #568


Down The Road A Piece #4

(Leroy Hutson – Love The Feeling)

Saturday night at Vintage was B.I.G. The Soul Casino was rocking..Andy Weatherall threw down at the ‘Warehouse’ and the company kept was SUPERB. I wasn’t sure whether I would be able to make it through to see Leroy Hutson on Sunday night? but it was one of the main reasons for attending so I thought that if I stumbled around the festival into the early evening then I had a chance…

Why is Leroy such a legend?, (other than his musical genius), for those of us who had the pleasure to be ‘on the, (Rare Groove), scene’ back in the day (85-87), Leroy Hutson was one of the primary artists. His ‘Hutson II’ LP was IN DEMAND to say the least. If you were there you know what I’m talking about and to hear him perform today’s slice of the musicology pie Live and Direct was an experience never to be forgotten.

The legend wasn’t due on until 9pm so it was touch and go but I managed it, (due in part to Craig Charles who was on fire for the two and a half hours leading up to Leroy coming on). As soon as he walked on though I was buzzing and immediately found my second wind. The man proceeded to tear it up and wove his magic leaving the crowd screaming for more especially when he enticed a call and response session on today’s slice the Rare Groove classic ‘Love The Feeling’ getting the Kittens to sing “Love I Love I Love” and the Cats to sing “The way you make me feel” was as good as it gets and anyone who was there knows what I’m talking about. For me it will always be a cherished memory..Recorded for and released on Curtis Mayfield’s Curtom label in 1976.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. SoulCuts
    Aug 23, 2010 @ 17:26:33

    Saw him at Indig02 last Friday, was superb. The vintage performance sounds equally awesome.

    Reply

    • themusicologist
      Aug 24, 2010 @ 07:12:50

      Glad to hear it….
      For me the ‘Soul Stage’ at Vintage was, (along with the Casino), ‘heaven right here on earth’. I know there have been a lot of complaints about the festival but I would be surprised if ANY of those were from the Soul boys and girls…The line up both on the ‘wheels’ and on stage was inspired.
      Appreciate the comment.

      Reply

  2. SoulCuts
    Aug 26, 2010 @ 22:13:28

    Would have loved to have gone to Vintage but other commitments knocked it out. Sounds top.

    Reply

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