Lou Bond – “Lou Bond”
When I was young, I would have used this record for second base. It doesn’t rock – like, at all: it has orchestral string arrangements (which by definition do not rock), relies too heavily on the acoustic guitar, and generally had a far more mellow and urban sound than would have appealed to me back then. Thankfully, I didn’t discover it until I was much older, so I was ready and able to appreciate one of the most soulful and heartfelt records I’ve ever heard. Bond’s voice is so smooth, he can almost lull you to sleep even as he sings about the social turmoil of the early 1970s.
(As an aside, I recently saw a copy of this in the sale bins at Harvest Records in Asheville, NC. If you’re in the area, you’d be a fool not to go pick it up.)