[Today: The underrated voice…]
How does it feel to be rolled up in the gutter like a bum and left for dead? Fred Neil knows, and he’s got the songs to prove it. On his outrageously, tragically, under-Fing-rated 1965 gemstone Bleecker & MacDougal, he sings in a hybrid Folk/Pop/Blues style that captures the best parts of all those genres. The Blues were hardwired into his voice, but he honed his songwriting skills through hard work. As a former Brill Building writer/drone, he learned how to construct a song for maximum effect. He was also a fixture on the early 60’s Greenwich Village folk scene (along the way mentoring a young Bob Dylan, o’ by the way) and this nightly exposure to a live audience gave him the breadth of material and command thereof to form the backbone of a truly formidable album. That album was Bleecker & MacDougal.
How does it feel to be one of the most underrated songwriters of all-time? As luck would have it, Fred Neil knows the answer to that one too…
Listen: Bleecker & MacDougal
[It’s worth noting the the Sundazed 180 gram vinyl reissue of this album is a pretty snazzy package that sounds great and can be had for minimal $$ from your local purveyor of sound recordings… or e-bay.]