Hard Times
Posted in Honey on 11.11.05

I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong with eMusic. I downloaded a total of 5 songs and was charged with 100 songs. Apparently previewing songs would make me download full albums, I suppose I could email them, but I’m sure they would just laugh it off.

Baby Huey was 400 pounds of soul – but unlike Solomon Burke he doesn’t really pull his weight in vocals. Huey sounds more like a higher pitched Curtis Mayfield (who produced and wrote a handful of songs for this album), but his band the Babysitters made up of Chicago Soul and Blues session players were one of the tightest touring bands around. This song Hard Times, written by Mayfield and made famous by Mayfield was first recored by Huey and the Babysitters a few years before. I may still prefer Mayfield vocal take on the song, but the Babysitters amazing horn section and over all sound put this version right up there with Mayfield’s.

Baby Huey and the Babysitters – Hard Times


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By Winston on 11.11.05 11:51 am

Muscular backing band. Love the organ and horns. I had a few hiccups on eMusic, too. I’ll be more careful hitting that download album button from now on. I really didn’t need that track by Blueshammer from Ghost World. Oh well.

By Rob on 11.14.05 2:36 pm

On the one hand, I’ve never encountered the bug you describe with emusic.

On the other hand, I have encountered the suckage of their customer service department many times. The folks who deal with reports of corrupted/misnamed tracks and such seem to be on the ball; any other query has met with total cluelessness and downright rudeness. Only their awesome selection and great prices keep me a customer.

By peter patnaik on 11.15.05 5:39 pm

are you using the download manager thing for windows or mac? or downloading off the web page?

By john on 11.21.05 8:10 am

love this – had never heard of baby huey before, but ordered the lp before the track had even finished. beautiful.

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By M. Lamar Griffin, Sr. on 03.12.07 9:52 pm

I didn’t know there was another version of this song, but I will make sure I hear it. Curtis version is amazing. I am having a “hard time” finding the lyrics to it.

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I have to say I prefer Baby’s version. True it could’t exist without Mayfield’s blueprint, but it’s fuller and tighter.

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