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Terry Callier's trio of records for Cadet during the early '70s — Occasional Rain, What Color Is Love, and I Just Can't Help Myself — were among the most intriguing, refreshing, and neglected work of any R&B or folk artist during the '70s. In yet another case of the title not fitting the collection, Essential: The Very Best Of doesn't collect the best tracks from those records very well, but since over half of these tracks are previously unreleased songs from the period, it makes this of much more interest for fans than anyone else. Only four of the songs here are really Cadet must-haves ("Occasional Rain," "Ordinary Joe," "Dancing Girl," and "Just As Long As We're in Love"), leaving the rest as intriguing curiosities that anyone with a passing interest in Terry Callier should definitely hear.


Born: 24 May 1945 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '90s, '00s, '10s

For far too long, folk-jazz mystic Terry Callier was the exclusive province of a fierce but small cult following; a singer/songwriter whose cathartic, deeply spiritual music defied simple genre categorization, he went all but unknown for decades, finally beginning to earn the recognition long due him after his rediscovery during the early '90s. Born in Chicago's North Side -- also home to Curtis Mayfield, Jerry Butler, and Ramsey Lewis -- and raised in the area of the notorious Cabrini Green housing...
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