Reviews by Genre ‘Soul’

Covering The Tighten Up, A Survey by Brother Tad

Posted on August 30, 2011

The summer of 1968 was, as always, hot and sticky in the middle plains town where I spent my youth. Taking American History for summer school meant attending class in the old, non-air conditioned high school downtown.

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Soul Clan, Soul Clan

Posted on July 22, 2011

Within the last year or two a friend of mine told me she had found a copy of the Soul Clan album at a local music store. I had confessed that I had still never seen a copy of it. She paid an ample sum for her copy but I totally understood why and it’s hard to explain why if you don’t have vinyl in your blood, love in your heart and soul in your bones.

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The Butanes featuring Willie Walker, Long Time Thing

Posted on July 19, 2011

…these songs respect the traditions of their respective genres, listening to Long Time Thing is like opening up a time capsule and hearing songs that were tucked away for the last 40 to 50 years.

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Songs I Turned Up: Could It Be I’m Falling In Love, The Spinners

Posted on June 22, 2011

The emergences of Phillipe “Soul” Wynne, sharing lead vocal duties with tenor Bobby Smith was the final ingredient in the recipe of fame and success. Listen to “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” with Thom Bells’s keys underpinned by Larry Washington’s congas, the strings, the girls and finally, Wynne ad-libbing over the coda. The Spinners had arrived!

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Booker T. Jones, The Road From Memphis

Posted on May 11, 2011

The Road From Memphis works better than Booker’s previous LP, Potato Hole for a couple of reasons. The the originals are much better songs and his collaborators are more sympathetic to his ideas. It sounds like Booker’s vision of a new LP was realized more than somebody else’s vision for a new Booker T. Jones album.

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Songs I Turned Up: Just My Imagination, The Temptations

Posted on April 13, 2011

To fully appreciate this song, don’t listen to it on a compressed mp3 file. Find a remastered CD or an old piece of vinyl and listen to it on a nice stereo system. You will be amazed.

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Donnie Ray, Who’s Rockin’ You?

Posted on January 19, 2011

I’m no different than a dope fiend junkie / ‘Til I can get in the sack / I got a Love Monkey on my back

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Sisters Loves, With Love; Love’s Gem

Posted on September 20, 2010

Let’s be honest. The soul music of the late 60’s and early 70’s has been so thoroughly researched, analyzed and reissued that the discovery of heretofore unknown gems seems impossible. Then along comes an album like Sisters Love’s With Love to destroy that jaded notion.

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Dee Felice Trio, In Heat

Posted on July 5, 2010

Apparently the Godfather of Soul fell in love with these guys after hearing them in Cleveland, and produced the album for them. Apparently they have some session credit on a few other James Brown cuts from this time period too.

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Bobby Sheen, The Bobby Sheen Anthology

Posted on June 12, 2010

Bobby Sheen is best known as one of the two lead vocalists for Phil Spector’s Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans, the other being Darlene Love. It was Sheen’s lead that carried the funkiest rendition of “Zip-A-Dee Do-Dah” to date. His other shining moment with the Spector crew was on A Christmas Gift To You, singing lead on “The Bells of St. Mary.” The relationship with Spector goes back to when Phil was an A&R man for Liberty Records, cutting the single “How Many Nights (How Many Days),” a Clyde McPhatter influenced gem of early 60’s r&b, which is also included on this collection.

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