Sam & Dave – 1966 – Double Dynamite
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Another spirited, soulful, quality release from one of the best soul act ever.
Sublime early Stax work from Sam & Dave the kind of record that forever changed the way the male voice was used in group soul music! The rhythms on the tunes are totally raw bass, drums, and guitar that are kind of fused into a dirty funky bottom that proves a perfect foil for the leaping vocal mode of the pair a chunky sort of blend that was one of the boldest new sounds to come out of the Memphis scene of the time. Sam & Dave also get some key support here from another important duo that of Isaac Hayes & David Porter, who wrote a good portion of tracks on the set, and were no doubt instrumental in the groove! A killer, and the sort of record that changed male duet (and group) singing for generations to come! Titles include “You Got Me Hummin”, “When Something Is Wrong With My Baby”, “Use Me”, and “Sweet Pains” plus a great cover of “I’m Your Puppet”.
A1 You Got Me Hummin’ 2:55
A2 Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody 2:35
A3 That’s the Way It’s Gotta Be 2:51
A4 When Something Is Wrong With My Baby 3:17
A5 Soothe Me 2:34
A6 Just Can’t Seem to Get Enough 2:04
B1 Sweet Pains 2:36
B2I’m Your Puppet 3:06
B3 Sleep Good Tonight 2:43
B4 I Don’t Need Nobody (To Tell Me ‘Bout My Baby)3:02
B5 Home at Last3:06
B6 Use Me 2:33
This was the second Sam & Dave album to enjoy significant crossover appeal. The 1967 record included such hits as “Said I Wasn’t Gonna Tell Nobody,” “Soothe Me,” and “When Something Is Wrong with My Baby.” Isaac Hayes and David Porter were now rolling as songwriters, and even though the record didn’t attain big pop numbers, the singles clicked with both soul and pop audiences. More importantly, Sam & Dave’s teamwork and vocal interaction were establishing them as major stars.
There is never a lack of energy on a quality Sam & Dave album, and Double Dynamite is certainly no exception.And while Double Dynamite may not have all the most recognizable Sam & Dave chart-busters in its tracklist, it never lets up on the soul power that Sam & Dave practically define as a duo.
Double Dynamite (which was also the nickname for the duo of Sam & Dave) is an album that uses gripping performances in the opening few songs almost as a way to build up the listener’s emotional threshold for the huge ballad “When Something is Wrong with My Baby.”The song was a huge hit for the group at the time, and it’s easy to see why.Sam & Dave sound so willing to drain everything the have into the song that you can’t help but fall in with them.No song on Double Dynamite is given a lesser treatment, from the sincerity of “I’m Your Puppet” to the hard bop of “Soothe Me.”
Sam & Dave just could go wrong during their Stax days with the Issac Hayes and David Porter songwriting team.The more Sam & Dave from this era that you can add to your collection, the better.
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