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Covered With Soul Vol. 2

April 30th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The first mix of soul covers was very popular (and great fun to compile), so I hope that subsequent compilations will also find an audience.I think I have at least two more in the works.

There are a few surprising covers in this mix. Maxayn reshape the Rolling Stones song entirely, while the wonderful Zulema Cusseaux, a gifted songwriter in her own right, perhaps even tops my favourite solo McCartney track. And could there be soul versions of Wild Thing? Jagger’s ex-squeeze Marsha Hunt gave it a shot.
Scanning the tracklisting, there are some wonderful strong women who have been much neglected among the 20 featured acts. We previously encountered the unjustly forgotten Barbara Jean English with the utterly astonishing So Many Ways To Die on Any Major Soul 1972-73; here she improves on one of Bread’s better songs. Tami Lynn never had much of a big audience; her cover of Smiley Lewis’ One Night Of Sin (featured here as the original of Elvis’ One Night) shows why that was a great shame. Unlike those two, Denise LaSalle has had a notable career, even if she is often remembered for the horrible 1985 novelty hit My Toot-Toot. Here LaSalle is allowed to break a rule: being featured with a song already covered on the first mix.

The idea with these compilation is to take songs that are better known in versions outside the soul genre, but there must be exceptions. The test is in how much the covering artist appropriates the song. The amazing Marlena Shaw does that with the Main Ingredient’s Don’t Want To Be Lonely, and The Temptations give I Heard It Through The Grapevine their spin (like the two better-known versions by Gladys Knight and Marvin Gaye, it was produced by Norman Whitfield).

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R , and a front and back cover is included. Several of the songs included here are, to my knowledge, out of print. Be sure to buy the albums that include the songs that you like in particular “” if you like the album fillers, you”ll surely like the rest of the album.

TRACKLISTING
1. Al Green – I Want To Hold Your Hand (1969)
2. Maxayn – You Can’t Always Get What You Want (1972)
3. Zulema – Maybe I’m Amazed (1972)
4. Donnie Hathaway – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother (1971)
5. The Smith Connection – Rainy Days And Mondays (1972)
6. Isaac Hayes – I’ll Never Fall In Love Again (1971)
7. Candi Staton – In The Ghetto (1972)
8. Thelma Houston – Don’t Make Me Over (1981)
9. Marlena Shaw – Just Don’t Want To Be Lonely (1973)
10. Barbara Jean English – Baby I’m A-Want You (1972)
11. Solomon Burke – He’ll Have To Go (1964)
12. Denise LaSalle – Harper Valley P.T.A. (1973)
13. Tami Lynn – One Night Of Sin (1972)
14. The Temptations – I Heard It Through The Grapevine (1969)
15. The Intruders – Mother And Child Reunion (1973)
16. Family Brown – When I Need You (1977)
17. Billy Paul – Your Song (1972)
18. Joe Simon – Help Me Make It Through The Night (1973)
19. The Dells – A Whiter Shade Of Pale (1969)
20. Marsha Hunt – Wild Thing (1971)

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  1. Oldetymer
    April 30th, 2010 at 02:43 | #1

    Great mix indeed, Thanks

  2. May 1st, 2010 at 02:39 | #2

    Looks superb and will no doubt sound the same way. Thanks!

  3. May 1st, 2010 at 11:20 | #3

    good work dude!

  4. Lisa
    May 2nd, 2010 at 03:47 | #4

    Loved seeing Zulema get her props … I remember first hearing her cover of Michael Jackson’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are” on WBLS and searching the city until I found the album. Still a favorite track of mine.

  5. sw2boro
    May 15th, 2010 at 15:33 | #5

    That Tami Lynn tune, blimey, it almost has me in tears each time. I have no idea who wrote it or performed it prior to Ms Lynn, but I’m intrigued as to whether the lyric is in response to something specific.
    That Al Green track I’ve had a while, but re-listening to it has me again thinking that it could be my favourite record ever. It’s just so warm.

  6. halfhearteddude
    May 15th, 2010 at 21:55 | #6

    Tami Lynn’s song is a cover of Smiley Lewis’ One Night Of Sin, which Elvis covered as One Night.

  7. sw2boro
    May 17th, 2010 at 19:54 | #7

    Ah yes, that makes sense, the first couple of times I heard it I was singing (witnesses may have a different opinion) along, but to the Elvis version before I realised it was different and just thought that I must have conflated two different songs in my head.
    Embarassingly, I notice that you pointed that out in your original post, Dude…I did read it before I downloaded, but as you know I’ve had a peculiar couple of weeks inbetween…

  8. May 21st, 2010 at 08:36 | #8

    Looks superb and will no doubt sound the same way. Thanks!

  9. June 10th, 2010 at 08:21 | #9

    These 2 comps are the business. Thanks for the time & tunes.

  10. halfhearteddude
    June 10th, 2010 at 09:52 | #10

    Thanks. I think they are my favourite of all the comps I’ve done here. There’ll be more of these.

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