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)
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