Andre Williams

Greasy

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Andre Williams first made his bones as a Detroit soul singer in the late 1950s through the 1960s, although he failed to achieve the commercial breakthroughs of compatriots like Edwin Starr or the Contours. After over two decades mostly lost to addiction and poverty, Williams cleaned up and made a most astounding comeback in the mid-1990s, with a new style that fused his deep soul roots with the garage rock blasts that were the other side of Detroit rock & roll courtesy of the Stooges and the MC5. GREASY, originally released by Norton Records in 1996 only on LP, is a full-on screamer that mixes James Brown funk and sleazy garage-blues stomp on a set of songs Williams had originally recorded early in his career, including "Jail Bait" and "Back In Tijuana."