Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Mr. Wiggle & Friends- A Classic Soul Journey
Mr. Wiggles, aka Sterling Harrison, presents a collection of mostly up-tempo R&B and soul numbers, mixing Sound of Soul recording artists with Mr. Wiggles original compositions. A native of Richmond, VA., Harrison's greatest claim to fame was having a young Jimi Hendrix play guitar in his backing band in the mid-60's, but he remained in relative obscurity until his death in 2005 despite an active recording career. Mr. Wiggles & Friends rip the album open with the muscular horns and funked-up bass of "You Upset My Mind" by Little Tommy. Brother Love's "I Can Be" is a sweet ballad in the Philly Soul vein while the Wigglin' Men lay down a spirited instrumental, "Wigglin'", that would fill any sock hop dance floor with its tremolo blues guitar fills and blazing sax solo. Mr. Wiggles himself does a hammy "Johnny B Goode" imitation on "Ride Paul Revere" and the gospel closer "Children of God" by Larry Sander feels out of place here, but the collection has enough satisfying material to validate Harrison's efforts.
Buy this record if you plan on overlooking your friend's stupid name because he has something important to say.