This Just In: Special Night

If you’ve followed Sweat for a while now, you know that we’re HUGE Lee Fields fans. Hell, one of our most memorable shows was when we had him play at The Stage in December 2012 (I’m sure the embarrassing pictures of me going nuts up front are still floating around somewhere). When it comes to “retro soul” or whatever you want to call it, Lee is a KING, albeit a very humble one. He writes, records and tours relentlessly, always giving 100% on and off the stage. Anytime we play a Lee Fields record in the shop, someone walks out with a Lee Fields record – he’s simply THAT good. Take a listen to the title track off Special Night below and tell me you’re not hooked. There are also lots of other great in-stocks this week to add to the stack when you come buy Lee’s new album. -MLE

Lee Fields & The Expressions – Special Night
Listen: “Special Night”

“There are a few terms that get thrown around loosely, two of which are legend and retro-soul. One of these fits Lee Fields hand and glove, one of these doesn’t fit at all. Very few people in music have both earned the status of legendary and continue to solidify it. 50 years in the game and only getting better, gaining more fans, and evolving his sound on each album, Lee is in fact a Living Legend. This brings us to the misuse of the term ‘retro-soul’ when talking about Mr. Fields. You don’t have to look far to find a younger generation emulating the essence and styles of an era they’ve only experienced through music and movies. It seems unfair to tag Lee with a term that implies imitation when he is part of the generation that actually defined the genre. Plain and simple, this is not that. Special Night is a masterclass in soul music past and present.

‘I feel that every human being’s purpose is to do what their inner voice says to do,’ says Lee Fields. ‘And my inner voice, my driving force, wants me to put out music and keeping making better records.’

Produced by Leon Michels and Thomas Brenneck, and brilliantly performed by the Expressions, Special Night was written, recorded, mixed, and mastered entirely to tape in three weeks at the legendary Diamond Mine Studios in Queens, NY. A sense of urgency, equal parts fun and inspiration, and a decent amount of beer and Jack Daniels were the driving forces during the sessions that produced Lee Fields & The Expressions latest offering.

Special Night is also the first record in the Expressions catalogue in which every song was written jointly by Lee Fields and The Expressions. ‘When I record, I make every song like I actually mean it. I mean every word I say. On Special Night I’m talking to my lady — literally, expressing the way I feel.’ says Lee Fields. ‘You can tell if a song is real or not, and every moment I’m recording, those moments are real, this is a record about what people do in real life…’

Whether tackling a tune about love lost, found, or broader topics like the state of humanity, Lee has a very unique and honest perspective that is on display with each unforgettable performance. Also, The Expressions have never been sharper, they, along with Lee, have created a collection of music on Special Night which holds court with pretty much any soul music that came before it.” -Big Crown Records


For all your special nights – new releases, reissues & restocks…
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders LP
Aerosmith – Pump LP*
Alicia Keys – Here CD*
Barry Gibb – In The Now 2LP
Beach House – Depression Cherry LP, Teen Dream 2LP
Beastie Boys – Check Your Head 2LP, Licensed To Ill (30th Anniversary) LP
Billy Bragg & Joe Henry – Shine A Light LP
Black Keys – Attack and Release LP, Magic Potion LP
Bob Dylan – S/T LP
Bobby Womack – My Prescription LP
Bon Jovi – 7800 Farenheit LP*, New Jersey 2LP*, S/T LP*, Slippery When Wet LP*
Bright Eyes – Fevers & Mirrors 2LP*, Lifted Or The Story Is In The Soil LP*
Celia & Johnny – S/T LP
Coldplay – A Rush Of Blood To The Head LP, Viva La Vida LP
Crippled Black Phoenix – Bronze LP*
David Bowie – Hunky Dory LP
Drake – Take Care LP
Erykah Badu – Baduizm 2LP
Father John Misty – Fear Fun LP
Fleet Foxes – S/T CS, Sun Giant CS
Foo Fighters – Greatest Hits 2LP
Frank Zappa – Hot Rats LP
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain LP, S/T LP
Gaslamp Killer – Instrumentalepathy 2×10”*
Goat – Requiem 2LP
Grup Ses – Alliance LP*
Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Until The Hunter 2LP*, CD*
Iron & Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days LP
Jesus And Mary Chain – Psychocandy LP
Jimi Hendrix – Electric Ladyland 2LP
John Coltrane – A Love Supreme LP
King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King LP
Klaus Layer – Society Collapse LP + 7”*
Kraftwerk – Man Machine LP, Radio-Activity LP, Tour De France 2LP
Kyle Dixon & Michael Stein – Stranger Things Vol. 2 CD
La Coka Nostra – To Thine Own Self Be True 2LP*
Lambchop – FLOTUS 2LP*
Les Yper Sound – Explorations in Drums & Sax LP*
Low Leaf – Palm Psalms: A Light to Resolve All Darkness 2LP*
Madonna – Bedtime Stories LP, True Blue LP
Makaveli – The Don Killuminati 2LP
Mndsgn – Body Wash 2LP*
Metallica – Metallica 2LP
Midlake – The Trials Of Van Ocupanther (10th Anniversary) LP+7”
Miles Davis – Bopping The Blues LP, Kind Of Blue LP
Misfits – Collection II LP, Legacy Of Brutality LP, Walk Among Us LP
Mudhoney – Every Good Boy… LP, Superfuzz Bigmuff LP
Nine Inch Nails – Pretty Hate Machine LP
Nirvana – Nevermind LP, Bleach LP
Outkast – Aquemini 3LP, ATLiens 2LP
Oval – Popp LP
Panic! At The Disco – Vices & Virtues LP*
Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon LP
Prince – Purple Rain LP
Queen – A Night At The Opera LP, On Air 3LP
Queens Of The Stone Age – Rated R LP
Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street LP
Sair – S/T EP 12”*
Serpentine Dominion – S/T LP*
Shirley Collins – Lodestar LP*
Sia – This Is Acting 2LP
Sonic Youth – Experimental Jet Set, Trash And No Star LP
Stevie Nicks – Bella Donna LP*, Wild Heart LP*
STRFKR – Being No One. Going Nowhere LP*
Surface to Air Missive – A/V LP*
Tad – 8-Way Santa LP, God’s Balls LP, Salt Lick LP
Tame Impala – Innerspeaker 2LP
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood – If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now LP*
The Pretenders – Alone 2LP
The Strokes – Angles LP, Is This It LP
Toro Y Moi – Live From Trona 2LP*
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire LP
Various – Jazz Dispensary – OG Kush LP*, Jazz Dispensary: Astral Travelin’ LP*, Jazz Dispensary: Purple Funk LP*, Jazz Dispensary: Soul Diesel LP*
Wastelands – S/T LP
Whores – Gold LP
Willie Colon – Cosa Nuestra LP
Wu-Tang Clan – Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) LP
Your Old Droog – Your Old Droog 2LP*

*Indicates new release or new reissue