Child Of The Streets

I’d never heard of Sam Dees till about a week ago where I read an article that mentioned him in passing. I’m glad I followed up on the lead.  Dees did a lot of soul songwriting in the 70s — most successfully for Larry Graham (the original bassist in Sly & the Family Stone) and Gladys Knight — but put out just one full-length album.  The Show Must Go On, from 1975, has a weary, resigned title, and it’s a sad album, full of titles like “Just Out Of My Reach,” “Troubled Child,” and “Worn Out Broken Heart.” There’s plenty of good material here, but the first track, “Child Of The Streets,” takes the cake, with it’s flute-and-string heavy beginning gradually fading away in front of a muscular, unhurried rhythm section. Dees sings of society’s troubles, but it all sounds so damn good.

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