THEM – THEM (Here Comes the Night)
This is one of the most bad-ass LPs ever!
And way ahead of the curve – this record needs to be recognized for the absolute cool that it exudes.
The self-titled THEM album is a major groove throughout and every cut is hip, strong, otherworldly, soulful, melancholy and rocks harder than anyone at the time or in many cases, since.
You may say, this is just another in the long line of bands that were included in the British Invasion, but no, THEM were the exception, right down to the music they chose to record. This is about as honest of a studio recording as I’ve heard: “90% heart and 10% sweat”.
Van IS the Man, his voice on this record is unbelievable and comes off as a unique “musical instrument” that jams perfectly with the rest of THEM.
The fact that something this good could come out so early in the British Invasion scene is really preternatural.
I seriously can’t say how many times I’ve listened to this LP but it has now become a part of me – when I hear these songs (everyone one of them are gems) it’s as if I’m revisiting myself only better than just nostalgia or memory catalysts, this goes deeper – somehow I connected to this music on a primal level, back then and now – it seemed like home – and I don’t have many LPs that have symbiotic abilities, but there are others. The first was “The Wayward Wind” by Gogi Grant when I was just a little Rocker and it was a 78 rpm – that song had a similar effect, it was no mere record, because even then I knew when music spoke to me.
It all becomes very mystical and sometimes spiritual when music has the power to touch your soul – and become part of it.
Each song is gold; I love THEM!
Here Comes The Night 2:45
Mystic Eyes 2:41
Don’t Look Back 3:23
Little Girl 2:21
One Two Brown Eyes 2:39
One More Time 2:47
If You And I Could Be As Two 2:35
I Like It Like That 3:35
I’m Gonna Dress In Black 3:34
Route 66 2:22
Go On Home Baby 2:39
Bonus Single: Baby Please Don’t Go!
Plus the music’s so good that either Mono or Stereo versions are fine – it’s the music, Man!
Peter Bardens, who makes the “Top 79 Historic and Classic 1970s Rock Albums” with his “The Answer” LP was a band member and plays ethereal low down Rock ‘n’ Roll Hammond organ.
Van’s very early performance laid down on this record establishes the future Music Legend he would become – this is where it all began – this LP ROCKS! RAW!
THEM were from “in another time, in another place … “
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