REACH OUT FOR ME * ROY HAMILTON * STARDUST 066 * USA
A fantastic version of Reach Out For Me, not the Four Tops cut, but the Dionne Warwick song. Written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach this is a song ideally suited to the Soul singer as the references to daily abuse and hurt, and the need for an understanding friend can easily be seen in a context of colour discrimination and the civil rights struggles during the 1960s. The song is good enough by Dionne Warwick but this version, seems to have the edge for me, both songs are well arranged with excellent full orchestras and choruses but it's the punch in Roy Hamilton's big voice that carries the extra weight of its sentiments. The recording is almost certainly early 1960s, possibly taken from an album. I don't know anything about this pressing, it looks like a 1980s boot, which according to the label was pressed in the USA but distributed 'underground' in Canada. If anybody could shed any light on its origin please let me know.
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