Eddie Hinton – 1978 – Very Extremely Dangerous

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One of the best soul albums of the 70’s. A buried treasure.

Hinton is one of the greatest white soul singers of the modern era- dubbed “the white Otis Redding”. His guitar playing can be heard on hit records by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Joe Tex, Solomon Burke, Percy Sledge, Johnny Taylor, Elvis Presley, Bobby Womack, Otis Redding & more with the Muscle Shoals [Alabama] Sound Rhythm Section from 1967 to 1971. Hinton was just 22 when he was invited to the Shoals area by fellow songwriter and producer Marlin Greene. The Hinton/Greene songwriting and producing team produced several country/soul hits, including “Cover Me,” and “It’s All Wrong But It’s Alright” for Percy Sledge. It was until 1978 that Hinton had a record under his own name,  the Capricorn Records, “Very Extremely Dangerous”, when many of the towering figures Hinton backed as a session player were in retreat, it now stands as one of the last great classic soul records.

This is a @320 CD rip of the original Capricorn Classic CD Series including covers

Tracks
A1 You Got Me Singing 4:10
A2 Concept World 5:00
A3 I Got the Feeling 5:52
A4 Shout Bamalama 6:07
A5 Get Off in It 5:12
B1 Brand New Man 3:44
B2 Shoot the Moon 5:23
B3 We Got It 6:05
B4 Yeah Man 3:45
B5 I Want it All 3:04

Review by Mark Barry at Reckless Records from Amazon

Eddie Hinton’s voice is part Otis Redding part Bobby Womack part Frankie Miller – and as you can imagine with credentials ‘that’ good – his guttural singing style is considered to be a thing of wonder among soul aficionados.

Recorded in November 1977 at the Muscle Shoals Sound Recording Studio in Sheffield, Alabama and released in March 1978 on Capricorn CPN-0204 in the USA only, this obscure and criminally forgotten LP received good reviews at the time of release, but produced poor sales. And it’s been the very definition of `lost masterpiece’ ever since. Sporting what has to be one of the worst titles for an LP ever and an album cover that wasn’t much better, “Very Extremely Dangerous” is a soul-rock album on a label more associated with the southern boogie of The Allman Brothers, The Marshall Tucker Band and Elvin Bishop. This 1997 remaster by FRED MEYER was part of Polygram’s “Capricorn Classics” CD series – but now deleted – it too is equally rare (42:05 minutes).

The session players for the album were: EDDIE HINTON – Guitar, Piano & Vocals BARRY BECKETT – Piano, Organ and Moog Synthesizer (also Produced) JIMMY JOHNSON – Guitar DAVID HOOD – Bass ROGER HAWKINS – Drums HARRISON CALOWAY – Trumpet HARVEY THOMPSON – Tenor Saxophone DENNIS GOOD – Trombone RONNIE EADES – Baritone Saxophone

You Got Me Singing“, “I Got The Feeling“, “We Got It” and “Yeah Man” are solo Hinton songs with ALVIN HOWARD co-writing on “Concept World“, “Get Off In It“, “Brand New Man” and “I Want It All“. DAN PENN of the legendary Dan Penn/Spooner Oldham song-writing team co-wrote “Shoot The Moon” while “Shout Bamalama” is not surprising an Otis Redding cover version.

Barry Beckett‘s production is typically accomplished and lovely (he was one of the founders of the Muscle Shoals Studios). His history in music is extraordinary – and apart from being on so many legendary sessions as to be ridiculous – he was also at the production helm of umpteen great albums – “Communiqué” by Dire Straits (their underrated 2nd album) and Dylan’s “Slow Train Coming” to name but a few (with Jerry Wexler). Which brings me to Meyer’s remaster combined with Beckett’s top production values – it’s produced a delicious finish on this CD – a lovely warm sound that’s full and sweet.

The songs have a distinctly Southern feel – they range from mellow to funky and are most effective when they slow right down. The majestic soulful build of “I Got The Feeling” is typical – a slow soulful groove is found, licking guitar then backs it up and is sided by the legendary Muscle Shoals brass – all the while Eddie is wailing like Otis is in the room and he has to impress his mentor. The boppin’ “Shout Bamalama” sounds Little Richard in party mode with the boys in the band having a ball. “Yeah Man” is fabulous too – a slinky little number that goes down like honey. But the album’s gem for me is “Get Off In It” which is almost Van Morrison in its mystical soulful vibe – it’s just beautiful. It contains the album’s title in its lyrics and is as successful a fusion of rock and southern soul as I’ve ever heard.

The downside is of course acquiring this peach. Most will baulk at the extortionate prices now being asked for this rare deletion (time for a re-issue Hip-O Select), but when you hear it – you’ll understand why it’s worth the wallet-full required…

Lovely stuff – and recommended big time.

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Listen up Get off in it, brothers and sisters, cause it’s a real killer, by the white Otis or Van Morisson or.. come on… It’s just an amazing performance and go buy the album from Amazonor Dusty Groove.

The album voted in the 17th place of the 70 best soul albums of the 70’s by Mojo Magazine. See the list here. …  and I wonder what is your opinion on the album and the list? Do you agree?

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34 Comments
  • Peter
    Posted at 07:08h, 07 October 2010 Reply

    “Hinton was just 22 when he was invited to the Shoals area by fellow songwriter and producer Martin Greene.”

    Greene’s first name is Marlin, and he too recorded a lost LP classic, Tiptoe Past the Dragon, in 1972. His (I believe) ex-wife Jeanie Greene also recorded an LP for Elektra a year earlier. The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section played on most of these tracks.

    Check out my blog Corduroy Mountain for an example from each record. http://corduroymountain.blogspot.com/search?q=greene

  • Flatland Dan
    Posted at 08:39h, 07 October 2010 Reply

    Can’t wait to hear this one, it sounds great! Your blog is amazing…I listened to two albums today that I discovered here during the past year. Thanks again!

  • Nikos
    Posted at 10:06h, 07 October 2010 Reply

    Thank you Peter. Great work you do.

  • Kelly Peter
    Posted at 13:17h, 07 October 2010 Reply

    Very enjoyable album! Wouldnt guess the release date without being told.. thx for another great post:)

  • rich
    Posted at 21:20h, 07 October 2010 Reply

    nikos great post never heard of him but one of the top soul albums cant wait to hear

  • Igor
    Posted at 03:48h, 08 October 2010 Reply

    thanx thanx thanx
    another big thanx,nikos.

  • Damien
    Posted at 12:50h, 08 October 2010 Reply

    Superb share and post! Great info’s, review and presentation. My fav blog by far.

  • Sergey
    Posted at 00:44h, 09 October 2010 Reply

    Impressed… Thanks again

  • mellowgangsta
    Posted at 10:48h, 09 October 2010 Reply

    two words only: KILLER. THANX!!

  • Art
    Posted at 03:04h, 10 October 2010 Reply

    It is many years since I last heard this album. Great guitar playing and good feeling LP. The great Muscle Shoals Sound…

  • it's me!
    Posted at 03:08h, 10 October 2010 Reply

    Jerry Wexler’s liner notes for Hinton’s last release, Hard Luck Guy, (the title a nod to his prime influence, Otis Redding,) released on a revived Capricorn Records, are worth the price of the disc in and of themselves. Wexler says of Hinton in the liner notes: “He remains unique, a white boy who truly sang and played in the spirit of the great black soul artists he venerated. With Eddie it wasn’t imitation; it was totally created, with a fire and fury that was as real as Otis Redding’s and Wilson Pickett’s.”

  • Raghib Raghib
    Posted at 18:20h, 10 October 2010 Reply

    Hi
    I come a cross you side so far your webside is the best i have lots of rare records as well i am still looking for more i go to putney camden town and so on keep up the good work
    regards
    Raghib

  • hooch
    Posted at 20:49h, 10 October 2010 Reply

    many thanks guys..class lp for sure!

  • Howard
    Posted at 17:02h, 11 October 2010 Reply

    A must have for any serious collection.

  • damien
    Posted at 19:02h, 11 October 2010 Reply

    cant say anymore than thanx, cant wait to listen

  • Andreas
    Posted at 01:05h, 12 October 2010 Reply

    On this album, you get Eddie at his absolute best. His singing is fantastic as is his guitar work, with many of his session buddies at Muscle Shoals. Masterpiece. Yes I think it deserves to be in this place though I disagree a lot with Mojo list.

  • dopey
    Posted at 13:58h, 12 October 2010 Reply

    Great album, from beginning to the end. Thanks again Micos!

  • Fernandino
    Posted at 10:41h, 13 October 2010 Reply

    Wonderful music! I missed that and probably so many more great records! So thanks again for opening horizon.. Well down. Excellent blog informative quality blog.

  • Red Flag
    Posted at 02:07h, 14 October 2010 Reply

    I can’t stay away from this blog! Excellent work guys! Eddie is fantastic, singing and playing his guitar. BTW Mojo list is good (an opinion) but i would change more that the half of them.

    Stevie’s “Song’s in the key of life” is better that “Innervisions” which is No1 and ….

    for god’s shake Parliament’s Mothership Connection” instead of “Motor Booty Affair”. Mothership is a funk masterpiece!

  • Nikos
    Posted at 01:45h, 15 October 2010 Reply

    Absolutely right Red Flag.
    It’s a weid list. I expected more from Mojo. We have to point out that it is one album per artist. I own every one of them and almost every one is top but…

    where is the Chi-Lites or the Stylistics or the Dramatics??????
    Thanks god they have Sam Dees and 24 Carat Black, Lee Moses, The Soul Children.
    Al Green should be in the top ten over Eddie and Commodores and Bary White ans Chic

    A few albums – to my opinion – that I would have included:
    Undisputed Truth -S/T
    The Meters – Rejuvenation
    D.J.Rogers – On the road again
    Doris Duke – I’m A Loser
    Maxayn – Maxaxyn
    Greg Perry – One For The Road
    O.V.Wright – Memphis Unlimited
    Marie Queenie Lyons – Soul Fever
    Gloria Scott – What Am I Gonna Do

    and one of those albums I keep listen again and again and it is very clear that I adore : The Rotary Connection – 1971 – Hey Love

    Any of your favourites which should be in the list?

  • pups
    Posted at 14:57h, 15 October 2010 Reply

    I must totally agree with Nikos, completly unlistenable, one maybe hit on it, the rest ist standard whatever blues.
    I owned a straight soul record shop in cologne and so a lot stuff came across my hands. Im a true believer in that there is only good bad, the rest is only what we want in it. Im so glad and grateful that Nikos mentioned two really great singers who are: D.J. Rogers and Greg Perry, these guys earn some respect, but we all know their records are not the talk abouts. Just throwing in a few goodies: Willie Hutch, Leon Ware, Lou Courtney, Sam Dees, Randy Brown, Al Johnson, Lamont Dozier, Bobby Womack with the 2 all time best Pieces and The Poet, Jae Mason, Jonnie Bristol and the one and only Leroy Hutson. All may sound boring to the selfbelieve crack macks out there, but these guys really capture the true soul.
    If you wanna go rare then go Ron Henderson, Lonnie Hewitt, J.R. Bailey, Crystal Winds, Bobby Thurston.
    And one more thing, the mojo list is complete crap. like all other of these kinda lists.
    I just can advice anybody who is still hungry and ambitious on soul music, STAY AWAY from the “stars” of the scene. They only wanna tell you how great they are and how little u have. no need for that. Just visit your local dealer and take a listen yourself. With years experience comes a quality taste, trust me.
    So guys, please just trust yourself and have fun

  • Nikos
    Posted at 01:35h, 16 October 2010 Reply

    Right on Pups! I intend to post Ron Henderson, Bobby Thurston and Al Johnson very soon. I also agree with you about the great Leroy Hutson which I forgot and I am sure a few more.

  • Trakbuv
    Posted at 21:24h, 17 October 2010 Reply

    At the end of the day, Mojo is commercial magazine promoting its links with the stars. It is a valuable article nonetheless in my opinion to get a feel what the “pop/rock” world think of the soul world, and I guess in some respects I am surprised, but in the main it is predictable. But then it is all subjective after all. Maybe we should have a poll on everyones favourite LP included in FMS, and their favourtite that ISN’T. That would be far more worthwhile in my opinion – which is of course subjective.

  • Da Man
    Posted at 18:08h, 20 October 2010 Reply

    Keep on doing what you do!!!

    I love this brilliant record.

  • Pavlos
    Posted at 18:27h, 20 October 2010 Reply

    I am happy to find out that at least after 30+ years, Eddie Hinton gets the recognition he deserves from the masses. It is a classic record. i can not agree more with “And it’s been the very definition of ‘lost masterpiece’ ever since”. Even if it is too high on the Mojo list…

    Cameo-Cardiac Arrest should have made it on that list.

  • mOzes
    Posted at 18:36h, 20 October 2010 Reply

    Damn right. Cameo 1977 album is Superb FUNK!!!

    In my opinion Stairsteps-2nd Resurrection (A magic groove record) &
    The Meters-Rejuvenation should be in top30.

    Excellent blog. Thanks for all the effort you’ve put in! Props from DC.

  • Phillip
    Posted at 01:14h, 22 October 2010 Reply

    Thanks man, this record had something mythical to me. Hugs.

    • Honey
      Posted at 11:12h, 16 December 2011 Reply

      Your’s is a point of view where real intelligence shines thrguoh.

  • Horacio
    Posted at 04:55h, 27 October 2010 Reply

    Muchas Gracias!!!
    buenisimo!!!

  • Jim Smith Jr
    Posted at 12:03h, 30 October 2010 Reply

    Classic! Great work.

  • SandE
    Posted at 13:19h, 01 November 2010 Reply

    Superb album by all means. Eddie is a thrill.

  • whoknows
    Posted at 04:37h, 13 November 2010 Reply

    man, i’ve been sleepin and glad to be back to such a great variety of albums, thanks again for all the thorough backrounds and attention to detail!

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 21:24h, 26 November 2010 Reply

    It has rightful place in that Mojo list.

  • thegroove
    Posted at 15:01h, 21 November 2013 Reply

    It’s beautiful. Hard Luck Guy is as good as it gets. A timeless record, I’d have guessed a lot earlier than ’78. It sounds like a real companion piece to Otis’ Ole Man Trouble, for those as yet undecided on this gem.

    Thanks to the team and of course to Eddie.

    Ps: Mojo lists, of all genres really, are just very short introductions. Probably not to be taken seriously. FunkMySoul on the other hand…

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