Since I fell for you
Jim "Preacher" Ellis & the Centuries: "Since I Fell For You" (Cross Road, 196?)
Jimmy "Preacher" Ellis (sometimes "Jimmie", here "Jim") is an Arkansas-born, Seattle-reared bluesman now based in Texas. In the 1960s he cut nearly a dozen soul singles, mainly for L.A. labels, ranging from gritty R&B to psychedelic funk. Some are very good, the others are great. All are balls out.
It took me years to find a copy of this record, which I first heard years ago on Mr. Finewine's Downtown Soulville show. I love the way the performance and arrangement totally bulldoze Buddy Johnson's song. In every other version I've heard, the tempo is languid and the mood tortured and resigned. Here the bossa nova beat and aggressive chant render the song strident, almost jaunty.