This is my "T-O-O-T" for Saturday. TO ME, this version by Aretha is one of the best pieces of music ever recorded. By anybody.
WHAT TONE! That studio was amazing. There's probably a more technical name (I sometimes call it resonance), but mostly I refer to it as 'The Sound of The Air'. I'd have to go snoop around to be sure, but if I'm not mistaken Tom Dowd was in on this. Sounds like his work to me.
There is so much going on in this song. So many layers. I think any one track of it could stand on its own if released. (I'd buy them anyway.) JUST the lead vocals, or just the backup vocals. Or THE DRUMS! So complex and so simple at the same time. To me, this is a Masterpiece.
As far as covers go, I dig this one. This band never really made it, and I don't know why. Maybe I'm the only one who liked 'em...?
One more thing, and I'm being sincere. This is directed to all adults who may be reading this:
In the Aretha version, at the 1:20 mark, the background girls/ladies go into the 'woop, woops'... Have you ever had someone you care about - or even love - go 'woop' in your ear like this? Sort of a combination of gently blowing/whispering. A close, warm, loving hug, lean in close, lips right up to your ear, and a gentle 'woop...'. Instant goosebumps.
I've been fortunate enough to both give and receive that in my life, and I recommend it. Under the best of circumstances, it's a direct connection from heart to heart. It's several days early, but my Valentine's Day wish for you all is that you experience that.
Goldtop Lloyd, Queen of Clubs