Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul - Men Without Women (1982)


Released in 1982


1. Lyin' In A Bed Of Fire
2. Inside Of Me
3. Until The Good Is Gone
4. Forever
5. Under The Gun
6. Save Me
7. Princess Of Little Italy
8. Angel Eyes
9. Men Without Women
10. I've Been Waiting                                    

This album, released in late 1982, is a masterpiece of Asbury Park rock meets Motown and Stax. It is long in need of a remastering, and still sounds somewhat tinny and muffled, but what the heck. Supposedly remastered here, but I can’t detect any obvious change from the original recordings.

Anyway, on to the excellent, uplifting music. From the first powerful notes of those horns on “Lyin’ In A Bed Of Fire” I was hooked. It continues through the soully “Inside Of Me” to the marvellous slab of Stax-y beauty that is “After The Good Is Gone”. Steven’s voice is not the best, as I am sure he would admit, but it cooks on this great track. 

"Forever" was a single, but not a hit, and it probably is the most commercial on the album, with a catchy hook. It had hints of some of Bruce Springsteen's rockier material from "The River" about it. "Save Me" has a slow burning Motown feel to it.

“Under The Gun” is a “Start Me Up” riffy rocker, and “Angel Eyes” also has a killer, Southside Johnny-esque riff. “Princess Of Little Italy” could be Mink De Ville. “I’ve Been Waiting” is a soulful heartbreaker to end this thoroughly enjoyable album on. Just great stuff. I caught them live doing this album in 1983 at the old Hammersmith Palais and they were great.


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