I Just Want to Be Held

I Just Want to Be Held

by Nathaniel Mayer


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I Just Want to Be Held

Although this soul shouter had a few hits in the early to mid-'60s (including the near classic "Village of Love"), it took nearly 40 years for Nathaniel Mayer to release his first album in 2004. While he's probably lost a few steps along the way, this is an explosive release that sounds as powerful in 2004 as it would have in 1964. With a searing, gritty voice somewhere between James Brown and Mitch Ryder and a terrific band that churns out tough garage R&B, this could have been recorded decades before it was released. That's a compliment of course, since there just aren't many contemporary soul discs that attack with this yard dog-styled intensity. Equally impressive is that all but three songs are original, written in the vein of classic Muscle Shoals-era Wilson Pickett without a hint of pretension or sense that Mayer is trying to emulate a long-gone style. There's a loose, natural swing to the music when the band, complete with snappy Farfisa organ and occasional horns, works a sizzling, unstoppable groove along with the singer. "You Gotta Work," "From Now On," "What's Your Name" -- just drop in anywhere and the churning funk-dance rhythms slice like the hardest-edged Southern R&B. A blistering, grinding version of John Lennon's "I Found Out" might seem like an unusual tune to cover, but it's one that the Beatle probably would have approved of due to the raw emotion Mayer finds in the lyrics. Just in case you think he's not as lip-snarling as he used to be, check out the lascivious, self-explanatory "Stick It or Lick It." Only the gutsy '50s ballad "You Are the One" interrupts the pace, but that proves Mayer is just as passionate on the occasional slow dance number as on the unhinged tracks that dominate the disc. At a brisk 35 minutes it's almost over too quickly, but hopefully listeners won't have to wait another four decades for its follow-up.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/26/2004
Label: Fat Possum Records
UPC: 0767981101620
catalogNumber: 1016
Rank: 149551

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nathaniel Mayer   Primary Artist,Vocals
Dale Beavers   Guitar
Mark Yoshida   Drums
Greasy Carlisi   Bass,Bass Guitar
Jack Yarber   Guitar
Adrian Woodard   Organ
Jeff Meier   Guitar
Brandon O. Lewis   Trumpet
Tino Gross   Drums
Suzi Hendrix   Saxophone
Adam "Bomb" Woodard   Organ
Brandon Lewis   Trumpet
Bill Beavers   Guitar

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Dale Beavers   Producer
Jeff Meier   Producer,Audio Production
Tino Gross   Engineer
John Smryek   Engineer
Bruce Watson   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Devora Brown   Composer
Dale Beavers   Audio Production

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