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3 Don Patterson Ballads


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When I started collecting Don Patterson albums in the early 1970s, I'd buy them without hearing the music first on the radio. Always a daring move back then, since you couldn't return what you didn't like. If you sliced open the plastic, you owned it. The reason I made these purchases with such confidence is that Patterson nearly always included at least one ballad on his albums. That, for me, was where the action was. Patterson's intros on ballads raised the hairs on my arm. They were big, dramatic and juicy, as if he was using the Hammond organ to squeeze every last drop out of an orange.

Here's Trick Bag from Goin' Down Home (1963), with Paul Weeden on guitar...

Here's Love Letters from Soul Happening! (1966), with Vinnie Corrao on guitar...

And here's Starry Night from Donnybrook (1969)...

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This story appears courtesy of JazzWax by Marc Myers.
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