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(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.)

My friend Mike may have departed L.A. for Brooklyn at the beginning of ’09, but that is not impeding the work on our collaborative late summer AD mix-tape (will be out by Labor Day weekend). As much a sound collage as a traditional mix, my favorite Terry Callier track, “You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman,” is in the running for inclusion, or at least in part.

Mixing trad-folk, funk and soul with straight jazz sensibilities, Callier’s “Candyman” is the cornerstone of his 1973 LP What Color Is Love?.  Due to the strength of the album as a whole, cornerstone is high praise (see: “Dancing Girl,” and “What Color is Love”).  Within the tracks seven minutes and twenty-one seconds Callier, lyrically, lays his shit down – uncompromising – backed by a wave of percussion and a bassline that would make would Shuggie Otis sit up and take notice.  Words can’t do this song justice.  Press play.

Download:
MP3: Terry Callier :: You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman
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9 Responses to “Sevens :: You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman”

  1. thing is, pressing play on this site has never worked!
    the stream always errors out.

    great song though!

  2. Works for me. Awesome song.

  3. Terry Callier is the man! Thanks for posting this and reminding me that I really need to pick up a copy of this record. ‘Occasional Rain’ is pretty sublime as well, and the live record from 2001 is a personal favorite.

  4. AD, thanks for posting this again. It blew my mind when you first put it up and it keeps on amazing me.

  5. Yesss, what a great song. Ta!

  6. This is awesome! Thanks for posting

  7. The jam! Spent several repeats this morning taking it in. Great tune.

    @HN I’ve never been able to get the player to consistently work in IE (latest version)–it skips a few posts/songs before playing something farther down the page, or doesn’t work at all. But it works just fine in Firefox.

  8. Ahhh, so that’s what the deal is. I use FIREFOX or SAFARI (occasionally) to browse, as I dont have a PC.

    Well shit, that’s a pain in the ass if it doesnt work for over 50 percent over the people who visit AD. Lemme look into.

  9. Nice synchronicity. We just featured this track at Earfuzz as well.

    Killer tune!

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