Had some discussion on the Nick Lowe fan club pages that I’m a member of about how Cruel to be Kind was influenced by the wonderful The Love I Lost by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. I said that I’d always loved that song but couldn’t really see a link to CTBK. But someone posted a Tom Moulton remix of The Love I Lost and I can kind of see it now. Also that Costello’s Alison was influenced by The Detroit Spinners’ Ghetto Child.
But due to that discussion I’ve discovered Tom Moulton in a big way – what a guy! The inventor of the ‘breakdown’ and the 12″ single. Some 12″ mixes were a self-indulgent waste of vinyl but someone commented that Moulton’s mixes are just perfect – enhancing elements of the track without overstaying their welcome for a second. I agree 100%.
Absolutely wonderful stuff. I’m embarrassed and annoyed with myself that I’ve only discovered him now.