Night Owls: You Don't Know Me B/w If You Let Me


Release Date: 04-19-2024

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Night Owls: You Don't Know Me B/w If You Let Me

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Next on deck, straight from Producer Dan Ubick's Lions Den Studio, comes two more re-imagined soul classics from Los Angeles' own Night Owls. First up, we have soul phenom Eli "Paperboy" Reed taking on Ray Charles' classic "You Don't Know Me" and Rocksteady champions Jr. Thomas & The Volcanos, laying their beautiful soul harmonies to Eddie Kendricks' timeless "If You Let Me." For Side A's "You Don't Know Me," Ubick had a tough assignment - find someone who could bring his own innate soulfulness to a song sung by "The Genius" in his prime. The answer came from Massachusetts-bred Eli "Paperboy" Reed, who moved to Clarksdale, Mississippi at 18 to cut his teeth singing in juke joints all over the Delta. Then, moving on to spend a year as minister of music at Chicago's Southside church of Soul legend Mitty Collier (Chess Records) and relocating back to the East Coast to record for Capitol Records, Warner Brothers, Colemine Records, and now Yep Roc, Dan had found his man. On "You Don't Know Me," Reed's voice ranges from belted lows to soulful highs that perfectly sets the stage for this more upbeat and Roots Reggae-infused rendition. With a tip of the hat to Jamaican legend and producer Bunny "Striker" Lee, Night Owls take Charles' classic soul and R&B standard to new territory. On Side B is Eddie Kendricks' "If You Let Me" feat. Jr Thomas & The Volcanos (Colemine Records), re-done here with a nod to another legendary Jamaican singer, songwriter, and music producer, The Techniques' own Winston Riley (Johnny Osbourne, Dave & Ansel Collins, etc.). Originally debuted on Eddie Kendricks' post-Temptations 1972 masterpiece People... Hold On (Tamla/Motown), Night Owls create a decidedly more moody and dubbed-out tone here, laying into a bass-heavy one-drop feel that perfectly sets the stage for Jr Thomas' soulful lead and Volcanos members Alex Desért (Hepcat, The Lions) & John Butcher's (The Expanders) spot on backing harmonies. While keeping much of the original harmonic language, Night Owls bring this much-loved classic to new heights, primed for the dance floor.

  1. You Don’t Know Me (feat. Eli “Paperboy” Reed)
  2. If You Let Me (feat. Jr Thomas ; The Volcanos)

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