Ural Thomas :: Smile

Ural Thomas is a soul singer from Portland who, despite having allegedly rubbed elbows with the likes of Otis Redding, The Rolling Stones and James Brown, never quite made it to the show.

No one can argue with the man’s talent. Look no further than his 1967 tune “Pain is the Name of Your Game,” a psychedelic soul ballad, with haunting organ, cascading piano, and ghostly backup singers, all supporting Ural's raw, passionate, gravelly bellow . . .

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