At the beginning of January, we highlighted a wonderful tune from Detroit band, LAURA RAIN AND THE CAESARS – essentially, a husband-and-wife team – guitarist George Friend and vocalist Laura Rain. Cut in question was ‘Closer To The Win’ – a glorious, building ballad with an old school Philly feel and full on vocal from Laura. It’s proper vintage soul!
Not sure whether our words had anything to do with it, but the tune is causing quite a storm on the soul airwaves and amongst collectors of quality soul. All the interest has caused UK label LRK to license it and release it in a limited 7” editon and it still sounds just as good. For the B side LRK have gone with the smouldering ‘If I Can’t Have You’ but it’s ‘Closer To The Win’ that takes the accolades.
LRK label boss Liam Kenny says: “We couldn’t be more pleased to have these songs go to vinyl, especially in the UK.” While producer/guitarist George Friend adds: “We couldn’t be more pleased to have these songs go to vinyl, especially in the UK where we feel the listeners relate to our sound and have a long history of appreciation for Detroit’s music”. Lovely – everybody’s pleased!
Do yourself a big favour and get closer to ‘Get Closer To The Win’. It’ll please you… we promise!