The Iceman Cometh
Mostly recorded in Philadelphia, this album is more typical of Chicago Soul – hard and gritty admist the beautiful arrangements and often huge orchestration. The bouncy, mid-tempo “Hey Western Union Man” and the gospel tinged soul of “Only the Strong Survive”, are highlights, as is the brassy “Can’t Forget About You, Baby”. The breezy, mellow “How Can I Get in Touch With You”, with its warm jazzy guitar, vibes and swirling violins contrasts with the laidback ballad “Just Because I Really Love You” while the crashing ‘Lost’ with its heavy back beat builds to an anthemic, jubilant chorus. The haunting “(Strange) I Still Love You”, with its ethereal backing vocals, churchy organ and weeping strings and “Go Away – Find Yourself” are also strong points.