Review: Harold Ray Live in Concert

Harold Ray
“Live in Concert”
(Alternative Tentacles)

The idea is so simple and effective that it borders on genius. Why not ditch all music of the last several decades and recreate something that has already worked, namely horn-driven scorching R&B. It is a ’60s garage soul riot that comes out running, right out of the gate. Of course, Harold Ray has some affinity groups to look to and takes “Busy Body” from The Lyres and “Ain’t Nothin’ But a House Party” (J. Geils Band). This puts the band, an assembly of fiery human jukeboxes, into a long line of rock ‘n’ soul torchbearers stretching back to first days of rock.