Arthur Alexander – Arthur Alexander

Lost hero of soul and rock&roll:

Proof that talent is sadly no guarantee of success, Arthur Alexander wrote and performed songs that would inspire covers from icons including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan, yet spent the later years of his life working as an anonymous bus driver.

For those in the know, however, his brief career provides a treasure trove of lost classics.

This 1972 release, reissued with six bonus tracks, including two that were previously unreleased, is a light-footed soul record, characterised by funky bass lines and electric piano.

Songs such as I’m Coming Home and Down The Backroads have a laid-back charm, while Burning Love would, in typical fashion, go on to be a major hit for Elvis. Worth revisiting.

This review first appeared in the Belfast Telegraph