"Do You Know What I Mean" Lee Michaels A&M 1262 Sep. 1971 Billboard: #6"Do You Kcurrently What I Mean?" was a #6 single from Lee Michaels"s 1971 album "fifth," which climbed to the #16 place on the Billboard Hot 200 and remained on the charts for 36 weeks. In 1992, Rhino Records released the CD compilation The Lee Michaels Collection (above), which functions "Do You Kcurrently What I Mean?," "Can I Get a Witness?" and 16 various other Michaels songs.
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ee Michaels was a California child who played body organ favor Ray Charles and had a singing voice that sounded prefer a surf dude. The juxtaplace was amazing, because nobody ever before gave surf dudes crmodify for having actually any type of heart, but Michaels pulled it off quickly. At times, he can be as convincing when singing the blues as someone prefer Robert Plant. At various other times, he would just run via it, and also the outcomes would be hilarious. "Do You Know What I Mean" has Michaels exaggerating the "Oh wow, man" facet of his voice until it imbues the lyrics with the loose attitude of his character. Although the lyrics tell a tale around shedding his lover to his best friend, he seems to be hovering somewbelow in between disidea and confusion. If Sean Penn"s character in Rapid Times at Ridgemont High obtained dumped, he"d more than likely sound a lot choose Michaels does on "Do You Kcurrently What I Typical." He does not scream or cry. Instead, he simply appears dumbstarted once he sings, "I just witnessed her yesterday. I just observed her, had actually nopoint to say. Do you know what I mean?" The result is a feel-great song about shedding your girlfriend. Anybody that have the right to accurately portray such a goofy character and diffuse the pain as well as Michaels does on "Do You Know What I Mean" is OK in my book. The distinct instrumentation only adds to the song"s one-off appeal. Except for the really cool drum part and also the occasional overdub of piano and also harpsichord, the record is virtually an body organ orgy. Although Michaels is a talented multi-instrumentalist, the body organ dominates his recordings, and also "Do You Kcurrently What I Mean" is no exception.After his significant hit, Michaels did a disappearing act quite unprefer anypoint I have ever before viewed. Although many people can assume he was a one-hit wonder, this was not the case. He released four albums previous to the single "Do You Know What I Average," and also all of them featured an eclectic blfinish of pop and also blues, largely with the same sporadic instrumentation. His only continuous sideguy was a drummer that went by the name of Frosty and later on developed Sweathog. (Remember their hit "Hallelujah"? It visited #33 in 1971, however it"s more than likely lengthy forgained by currently.) Michaels"s "5th" included "Do You Know What I Mean," as well as his only other Top 40 single, a refunctioning of Marvin Gaye"s "Can I Get a Witness," and presented him to the pop audience. With Michaels"s fan base now substantially enhanced, Columbia Records bought out his contract from A&M, obviously assuming that his career had only just begun. They were wrong. Namong his Columbia releases sold anywhere close to what was meant, and after a couple of failures, he vaniburned totally from the music scene.
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It appears unmost likely that he will surconfront aacquire, particularly considering that time need to have ruined the appealing youthful naïveté of his voice, however who knows. There"s constantly room for another great blues singer, particularly one that plays keyboards and also Michaels.- Thomas Ryan, Amerideserve to Hit Radio, Prima Entertainment, 1996.Reader"s Comments
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