Eli Paperboy Reed: My Way Home (Yep Roc, 2016)
I’m always skeptical of the white boy soul as there are many soft ass white boy soul singers out there. James Hunter’s new record on Daptone is weak, and Meyer Hawthorne, oy the horror.
But Mr. Paperboy brings it on this record. The band is hot with special shout outs to the bass player and the background vocalists. Reed’s vocals and the drums are mostly crushed as in compressed and a tad distorted but pleasantly so.
I would put this record in the early to mid ’60s right before black power started influencing soul and r&b — there’s plenty of rocking as well as soul melodies here. I like the slower tunes over the faster ones but that’s just me.