Thursday, May 1, 2008


Listen to LITTLE BIT OF RAIN by Fred Neil.

One of those little ironies about Fred Neil is that he's best known for a song sung by someone else, when his own baritone was his most striking and enduring quality as a musician.

Little Bit Of Rain is from Neil's second album, "Bleecker & MacDougal." And like the other songs this week, it relies heavily on a great vocal performance. Little Bit Of Rain is a slight little song, and doesn't ask Neil to turn in any big gymnastics--just the opposite, really. It's the kind of performance that Neil could sit around a campfire and give twenty times in a night...but that no one else could give no matter how many attempts they had. That's how much his voice owns the song.

Photo: Grey units (4).


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