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Tune of the Week – “Any Way That You Want Me”

This was playing last week when I walked into the most dangerous and bad-ass record shop in the whole damn world. I’ve been buying records online from Dusty Groove for years. Thanks to its deep and wide catalogue, it’s the …

Thu, May 14, 2009, 14:30

   

This was playing last week when I walked into the most dangerous and bad-ass record shop in the whole damn world.

I’ve been buying records online from Dusty Groove for years. Thanks to its deep and wide catalogue, it’s the go-to place for a lot of people seeking out funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop and those awesome records which defy categorisation.

I was in Chicago last week and dropped into their store on North Ashland Avenues so that was me and my credit card suckered for a morning. The thing about a great record store like Dusty Groove is that it introduces you to fantastic music in the most natural way in the world. I’d never heard of Death or El Michels Affair until I saw the CDs in the racks and added them to the stack in my hand. What drew me towards the CDs? I’d like to think it was a sixth sense or something, but it’s more like trust. Dusty Groove have rarely let me down when it comes to recommending music so I’m willing to take a chance on them every time. They’re a filter I’d use again and again.

It was much the same with Evie Sands. My introduction to her “Any Way That You Want Me” album from 1970 happened during a record-buying excusion in New York’s Other Music a few years ago. The sleeve had a photo of Evie on her bike, there was some sort of sticker saying all the right things and it was ten bucks so, yeah, I was sold.

“Any Way That You Want Me” turned out to be a fantastic album. Its glorious soul tones, dozen great songs and wash of peerless, effortless grace casts a spell every time. The title track is the one which always gets under my skin, Evie singing Chip Taylor’s tune (which was also recorded by The Troggs and much later by Spiritualized) and chasing those clouds away.

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