DELBERT McCLINTON Genuine Cowhide (1979)

Genuine Cowhide (1976)
Genuine Roadhouse R&B

A classic of the genre… but which genre? Delbert McClinton is a legendary, white boy Texan who, early on in his solo career, blurred the lines of blues, country, rock and R&B with his first two LPs for ABC Records. He still continues to record and perform to this day, albeit to smaller, in-the-know crowds that have loved and appreciated his work for years. I saw him a few times in the late 70s, mostly because of this album, Genuine Cowhide. A benchmark for what I sometimes consider a great LP comes in the form of a consistent tone and energy from start to finish. Whether it’s Miles Davis’ Kind Of Blue or The Donnas’ Spend The Night, an “album” is often at its best when it consistently captures a mood. Genuine Cowhide has that self-compatibility in spades, despite the diverse, decades-spanning material of, mostly, covers (James Brown, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, Lieber/Stoller). McClinton and his band of Nashville veterans expertly fuse a rollicking, twangy, R&B rhythm, into a driving, infectious, roadhouse vibe. The All Music Guide summed it up by saying, “This album… moves, rattles, rolls, snakes, and funks in dirty, deep, raw emotion and good-time raucousness.” You can’t ask for much more than that from a 12″ piece of plastic. The Blues Bothers were disciples, and legend has it that McClinton’s harmonica playing was an inspiration for John Lennon’s licks on “Love Me Do.” In the category of long lost album art, this LP sports one of the 70s’ all-time greats – a close up of a well-worn wallet with an embossed condom poking through (which is how it survived all my vinyl purges). It’s been a vinyl rarity for years until it was released as a two-fer CD in the late 90s, coupled with McClinton’s solo debut, the equally satisfying, Victim Of Life’s Circumstances, at Amazon, HERE.

It’s Love Baby (24 Hours A Day) (2:33)
Please Please Please (2:42)
Lovey Dovey (3:25)
Before You Accuse Me (3:07)
Blue Monday (2:03)
I’m Dyin’ Fast As I Can (2:57)
Lipstick Powder And Paint (2:25)
Pledging My Love (2:50)
One Kiss Led To Another (2:43)
(When She Wants Good Lovin’) My Baby Comes To Me (2:54)
Special Love Song (2:31)
Let The Good Times Roll (2:48)

21 Comments

  • 1
    Willard
    September 24, 2012 - 10:58 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • 2
    JB
    September 24, 2012 - 11:09 | Permalink

    Really glad to get this one again. Thanks, W!

  • 3
    ping
    September 24, 2012 - 14:27 | Permalink

    I have ’2 on 1′ CD but haven’t listened to it in several years. So thanks for reminding me!

  • 4
    Jerry Lee
    September 24, 2012 - 15:11 | Permalink

    Delbert’s been one of my all time favorites since I bought this for $1.98 many years ago (it still has the sale sticker on it). He’s a living Texas roadhouse jukebox. Most of his newer material is outstanding too, especially “Nothing Personal”, and he’s always great in concert. I’m going to get the two-fer, most of the reissued CDs I’ve seen of his early LPs are usually missing a few tracks. Thanks for the tip, Willard.

  • 5
    Willard
    September 24, 2012 - 15:47 | Permalink

    The 2 on 1 CD has some bonus tracks on it, too. Unless I’m mistaken they are tracks from his third solo album (or third unreleased solo album). Not sure which.

  • 6
    courtney
    September 24, 2012 - 16:38 | Permalink

    Always good to revisit Delbert, one of the great unclassifiable talents. Thanks for the post!

  • 7
    ansina
    September 24, 2012 - 20:21 | Permalink

    Wow! Many thanks.

  • 8
    Duncan Walls
    September 24, 2012 - 21:08 | Permalink

    Lipstick, Powder and Paint was a club favorite of mine to play when I had Roomful Of Blues every three months at the Red Creek. I can always depend on Delbert to please ANYONE all within the confines of one release.

  • 9
    Jerry Lee
    September 24, 2012 - 21:40 | Permalink

    The four extra tracks are the first four on Love Rustler, his third ABC release. Too bad they left out “Hold On To Your Hiney”.

  • 10
    buzzbabyjesus
    September 24, 2012 - 21:56 | Permalink

    I was into it by the second bar. Thanks!

  • 11
    Bruce
    September 25, 2012 - 00:26 | Permalink

    Both the boogie and the woogie! Thanks!

  • 12
    MiddlenameWayne
    September 25, 2012 - 03:44 | Permalink

    One of the ways I’m reminded of how far Austin has downslid is by how long its been since I’ve seen a car here with a “Honk If You Love Delbert” bumper sticker on it…

    – mnw

  • 13
    blackcough
    September 25, 2012 - 14:18 | Permalink

    This is outta left field! thanx and may we have some more EARLY Delbert?

  • 14
    Tony
    September 25, 2012 - 15:49 | Permalink

    Another old favourite returns, thanks Willard

  • 15
    YoYo
    September 29, 2012 - 22:15 | Permalink

    Oh heck yes!! Thankyou, thankyou and thankyou.

    So: By any chance can you get your hands on any of the earlier Delbert & Glen stuff?

    Cheers for all you do. Amazing!

  • 16
    buzzbabyjesus
    November 24, 2012 - 15:31 | Permalink

    It’s even better than I thought.

    • 17
      Willard
      November 24, 2012 - 15:40 | Permalink

      Cool… glad you’re diggin it. Your comment gave me a reason to listen to the 3 player tracks again.

  • 18
    buzzbabyjesus
    November 28, 2012 - 09:52 | Permalink

    For some reason, my “shuffle” really likes “One Kiss Led To Another”, and as a result, so do I.
    Somehow a guy I thought was a country singer pulls off a Coaster’s cover and it works like crazy.

  • 19
    Willard
    November 28, 2012 - 14:53 | Permalink

    Well… maybe I’ll just give that one a listen, too.

  • 20
    FlashG
    March 15, 2014 - 05:18 | Permalink

    Hey Willard – been out of circulation for a spell – LOVE!! this post!! This is one of the three best albums he;s ever done – the other 2 being the other ABC albums,3 “Victim Of Life’s Circumstances” & “Love Rustler”. Though both Alligator & MCA put out collections of this material, not all the songs appear on either version. I was wondering if you had the other 2? Also if you had the “Delbert & Glen Sessions 1972 – 1973″ on Raven? Lookin’ for any Rondels or Straightjackets material (I know the stuffs hard to find). I would be eternally grateful and much obliged if you could help me out. If ya aint’t heard the new Delbert & Glen, do yourself a favor and check it out cause it’s smokin’. By the way, my buddy & I interviewed him in ’78 for my college radio – the WILDEST interview I’ve ever done. .Also nice to see another Donnas fan.
    Tanx a million
    FlashG

    • 21
      Willard
      March 15, 2014 - 09:06 | Permalink

      Hi Flash. Good to hear from you. Unfortunately, it’s a big NO to all of the above. I need to do something about that. Thanks for the tip on the new Delbert & Glen, though… I AM getting a hold of that as we speak. Feel free to post a request in C-Box or Readers Links (the blog’s second post). Welcome back.

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