Finally, I was able to track down the song Velvet by Blood, Sweat and Tears posted online. It wasn’t easy; for a long time, it was not on YouTube (I checked often) and it’s not available on iTunes. My dad used to play this album when I was a really little kid so, out of the usual childhood nostalgia, I was overjoyed to find it. All I remembered was the chorus - “Indian summer/turnin’ colors on me”. I had no idea the song was, apparently, about a dying horse.
Now, as soon as I listened to this I was knocked over by the fact that the vocals sound NOTHING like the other songs by BS&T. Not surprising, when I looked on Wikipedia and found that it was sung not by their regular singer but by a guy named Steve Katz who also played guitar in the band.
Now, it’s time for yet another one of my “this reminds me of something but I’m not sure who” threads, which I’m sure you are sick of by now. But I need to do it anyway. This singer REALLY reminds me of someone else. His voice is not what I’d call a typical singing voice. There’s something about the total lack of accent and the extremely clear enunciation of the words (especially the R sound) that seems more similar to modern indie rock than anything that was being sung in the 1970s. It’s almost like the singer from Grandaddy which did “The Nature Anthem” “The Crystal Lake”. Was this a common vocal style in the 70s or 80s or any other time before 2000? I want to say it sounds a bit like James Taylor but I think even his voice was way less enunciated than Steve Katz.
Any thoughts on this?