Song of the Week – Love Came, Felix Cavaliere

Ignored            Obscured             Restored

In the mid ‘70s, Felix Cavaliere of the (Young) Rascals released his first two solo albums on the Bearsville label.  The first was produced by Todd Rundgren, but Cavaliere was not pleased with his work.  The second, self-produced Destiny (1975), allowed him to “spread his wings” to deliver an album more to his liking.  It contained the outstanding “Love Came”, today’s SotW.

Cavaliere enlisted help from some of New York’s best studio musicians at the time – horn players David Sanborn, Michael Brecker, George Young, and Joe Farrell, and Foghat’s Rod Price and Leslie West on guitars.  Although not all of them were on “Love Came”, the song does have some excellent horn solos – first a trombone (at about 2:10), then a sax-trombone dual (at about 3:10) to take us home.  I wish I knew specifically which players performed these solos.

On “Love Came” Buzz Feiten played guitar and electric sitar, and was the horn arranger.  But the highlight of the song is the wonderful backing vocals provided by the queen of blue-eyed-soul, Laura Nyro.  Cavaliere and Nyro were friends from when he produced her album Christmas and the Beads of Sweat (1971).

Destiny is available on Spotify if you’re interested in exploring it further.

Enjoy… until next week.

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