We are always putting out rock foot forward on the Tripwire, but sometimes we got to let the world know we have soul too. Like contemporaries Ralph "Soul" Jackson and Charles Walker, Lee Fields released a series of rare singles in the 70s that have been rediscovered by crate diggers and brought out of obscurity by a new generation of soul labels. And his forthcoming LP (June 2) on Stones Throw imprint Truth & Soul, My World, hasn't left our stereo since it landed on our desk.
Lee's rediscovery actually took place in the 90s, when pre-Daptone era Desco Records recorded a full length with him, but he rose to prominence performing duets with Sharon Jones on her critically acclaimed album, Naturally. This time around, Fields worked with Brooklyn's Truth & Soul producers Jeff Silverman and Leon Michaels. Truth & Soul is best known for their live instrumentation version of Wu-Tang songs, but have been responsible for a bunch of underground soul collectibles. Now with the help of the new Lee Fields LP and a sub-label deal with Stones Throw, we're bound to hear a lot more coming out of the T&S studios.
As for the song, we had a hard time choosing between offering a ballad or a funk number. The track "Ladies" is an instant classic ballad, with Lee's pure, gut-bucket soul offering an ode to all the beautiful ladies, and includes one of the catchiest chorus' on the entire LP. But we figured to give you a burner in case this was your first introduction to Lee, so here is "Money I$ King". Expect it to be sampled in a hip-hop song in the near future.
Lee Fields - "Money I$ King"