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Covered With Soul Vol. 3

September 17th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

The third Covered In Soul compilation may draw from the most eclectic original material yet. So in the space of four songs we move from Grateful Dead favourite Casey Jones via The Beatles to a Barry Manilow song and a Roy Orbison song reinvented by Al Green. A couple of show tunes get the soul treatment. Sammy Davis Jr”s wonderful I”ve Gotta Be Me is lovely in Vivian Reed”s hands, while I would regard the Supremes and Temptations collaboration on The Impossible Dream more as a curiosity (hence its position as a postscript).

The previous two mixes featured few covers of soul songs; this compilation includes four (it is a coincidence that they are sequenced in a group). All of them are true reinterpretations of the originals. I particularly love the tangents in Freddy North”s cover of David Ruffin”s My Whole World Ended.

Baby Huey”s funkified instrumental version of California Dreaming might be my favourite here, alongside White”s Manilow cover. Manilow haters are well advised to maintain an open mind when they come to Could It Be Magic: Anthony White”s interpretation is masterful. White is not very famous; the Philly singer released only two LPs.

Trivia fans will be interested to learn that Claudia Linnear, an accomplished backing singer who released only one album, was the inspiration for both the Rolling Stones” Brown Sugar and David Bowie”s Lady Grinning Soul.

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R, and a front and back cover is included.Incidentally, if you’d like to match the covers reproduced on the CD artwork to the featured artist, look in the MP3 files ID3 tag. Several of the songs included here are, to my knowledge, out of print. When they”re not, 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.

1. Grady Tate – Moondance (1974)
2. Lou Rawls – For What It’s Worth (1968)
3. Claudia Lennear – Casey Jones (1973)|
4. Bloodstone – Something (1973)
5. Anthony White – Could It Be Magic (1976)
6. Al Green – Oh, Pretty Woman (1972)
7. Zulema – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (1972)
8. The Temprees – Dedicated To The One I Love (1972)
9. Baby Huey – California Dreamin’ (1971)
10. Ronnie Dyson – Fever (1970)
11. Minnie Riperton – Les Fleur (1970)
12. Mavis Staples – Since I Fell for You (1970)
13. Freddie North – My Whole World Ended (1975)
14. Brothers Unlimited – A Change Is Gonna Come (1970)
15. Tammi Terrell – This Old Heart Of Mine (Is Weak For You) (1968)
16. Darrell Banks – When A Man Loves A Woman (1969)
17. Freddie Scott – Let It Be Me (1967)
18. Vivian Reed – I’ve Gotta Be Me (1970)
19. Madeline Bell – Make It With You (1971)
20. Four Tops – Cherish (1967)
21. Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations – The Impossible Dream (1968)


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  1. HW
    September 17th, 2010 at 19:50 | #1


  2. September 19th, 2010 at 16:45 | #2

    True, and fine gems here with Lou Rawls, Bloodstone(!), Mavis and Madeline Bell! The best just keeps on coming.


  3. HW
    September 20th, 2010 at 10:52 | #3

    Damn, only made it 16MB to heaven. Is it just me?

  4. September 20th, 2010 at 22:51 | #4

    Planned to listen to this on the weekend and didn’t–but it’s mighty fine medicine for a Monday. The Madeline Bell “Make It With You” is superb, Lou Rawls is kickin’, and Freddie North’s “My Whole World Ended,” like the Temps original, is an unknown gem. Thanks for putting this mix together.

  5. September 23rd, 2010 at 21:21 | #5

    Ah that’s damn lovely stuff. Thanks!

  6. Lisa
    September 29th, 2010 at 01:25 | #6

    I love this post ALMOST as much as your “2010 Listening” post ;) …

    Just seeing the Zulema album cover transports me back to running around like a crazy person trying to find the LP after hearing her version of “I Wanna Be Where You Are” on WBLS one night. I still have a fourth-degree version (album to cassette to CD to computer?) of it on my iPod.

  7. richsoul
    November 2nd, 2010 at 00:19 | #7

    this is not a collection but an experience. Thanks

  8. lamma
    June 28th, 2014 at 05:23 | #8

    Your Compilations are to die for, Any chance of upping this again please?. All links are dead.

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