Ernie Hines – 1972 – Eletrified
An underground set from early 70s Stax Records – the only set cut back in the day by Ernie Hines – a really great singer who works here with a blend of southern soul and sweet harmony modes! The album’s got a pretty laidback vibe, which is great – almost in the same space as The Temprees, with an undercurrent of super-dope arrangements, and Ernie’s lead vocals right up front in the mix! There’s a bit of strings on the set, and most tracks have some sort of harmony support behind Hines’ lead – a vibe that’s a bit different, and maybe almost more east coast than the usual Stax set. Arrangements are by Wardell Quezquerque, Dale Warren, Lester Snell, and Tom Nixon – and both The Bar Kays and The MGs play on the record.
A1 Electrified Love 4:21
A2 Come On Y’All 4:56
A3 Your Love (Is All I Need) 3:26
A4 What Would I Do 4:47
B1 Sugar Plum (Gimme Some) 2:58
B2 A Better World (For Everyone) 3:27
B3 A Change Is Gonna Come 2:57
B4 Explain It To Her Mama 3:28
B5 Our Generation 3:11
Although Mississippi-born Ernie Hines made his first recordings in Chicago for the USA label, it was when he returned south that he was signed to Stax‘s We Produce label by Al Bell. He recorded this one album for the We Produce label under the supervision of Tom Nixon, who was then producing Rufus Thomas’ big dance hits. The musicians on the record include the MGs, the Bar- Kays, the Malaco Rhythm Section and the Movement, Isaacs Hayes backing band. The album is today sought after for the funky ‘Our Generation‘ which was sampled by Pete Rock on his classic golden era hip hop cut ‘Let’s Straighten It Out‘. This may give a false impression of the album, which overall is a classic of Southern soul, from the outstanding cover of ‘A Change Is Gonna Come‘ to the spine-tingling title track.
It is worth listening here both “Our Generation” by Ernie Hines (original song) and “Straighten It Out” by Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth (sampling song) and finally….
a new cover of the song by John Legend & The Roots (John Legend is one of my favourite Soul singers of our time and he totally respects the original version, video directed by Spike Lee).
Biography and his latest CD’s here.
Ernie Hines on myspace
Great news, a CD version of this great album scheduled to release
on December 2010 and you can pre order it here. Do not miss it.
…..and here’s the original killer “Our Generation“.