I like the type of band that has horns and keyboards. A complete band. Not that other set-ups don't work, but when you add keyboards (think the Faces), or horns (say, Rocket From the Crypt) it makes that sound all that bigger. When you have both (Exile on Main St. era Stones) it's like having overdubs at your disposal. To pull that off, and maintain some sort of edge, is not and easy thing to do. Chicago? No. Blood, Sweat and Tears? No. King Khan and the Shrines? Yes. that's over simplifying things, comparing apples and oranges. I don't care. The point is that Khan and his mob do it well.
I'd never seen the live clip posted below, and that's what I'm digging on right now. A 49 minute set. Check the intro, sounding not too far from Jerry Dammers' Spatial AKA Orchestra. And then Khan comes out and it turns into a full on rock 'n' soul throw down. Is Khan the real thing? C'mon, let's not over analyze things, who the fuck cares? It's that kind of music. It that sense, he's very much the real thing.
~ NOTE: ALL MEDIA IS HOSTED BY THE BLOGS & SITES NAMED BELOW ~Listen:
King Khan and the Shrines - Torture mp3 at Wolfs Hawks and Kites
King Khan and the Shrines - Land of the Freak mp3 at Now Hear This
King Khan and the Shrines - Welfare Bread mp3 at Windish Agency (?)
King Khan & The Shrines - Live on KEXP at YouTube June 2014, 49 minutes