Editors’ Notes Eddie Hinton was an absolute guitar god down in Memphis and at Alabama’s Muscle Shoals studios, and his licks grace myriad soul-defining sides by The Staple Singers, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Elvis Presley, Wilson Pickett, and others. Bob Dylan loved Hinton’s playing, as did producer Jerry Wexler and Duane Allman. The singer/guitarist even cowrote Dusty Springfield’s perfect sexual metaphor song “Breakfast in Bed,” as well as Percy Sledge’s perfectly lovely “Cover Me.” And this poor-selling, highly respected debut finds Hinton proving why he’s been called one of the best white soul singers ever. Hinton was a late bloomer because, really, this 1978 album could’ve rolled outta Muscle Shoals in the mid- or late ’60s, filled as it was with personal-experience authenticity, equals parts anguish and joy. “You Got Me Singing,” “I Got the Feeling,” and “Yeah Man” rank with the best that Redding or Pickett ever released. Very Extremely Dangerous is an incredible album too long ignored. Just ask the Drive-By Truckers.

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