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Covered With Soul Vol. 4

October 28th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Of all the mixes that I compile for this blog, I think doing the soul covers is my favourite. For one thing, as I go through my collection of music, I get to listen to some gorgeous soul albums I had badly neglected. For another, it’s great fun to hear how different artists, even contemporaries working in the same genre, arrive at very different interpretations of the same song. Some of the songs featured on this mix have appeared on the first three mixes.

But do compare the wonderful Zulema’s take on A Whiter Shade Of Pale with that of The Dells on Volume 2, or Vessie Simmons’ lovely version of Dedicated To The One I Love to that of The Temprees on Volume 3,

My favourite on this lot probably is Anna King’s soul-storming James Brown-produced remake of the country song Tennessee Waltz, in which King shows just why she was a backing singer for JB. Though Laura Lee’s version of the standard Since I Fell For You is also quite astonishing (compare that to Mavis Staples rendition last time).

Soul fans will note the irony of Clarence Carter singing I’d Rather Go Blind…

1. Zulema – A Whiter Shade Of Pale (1972)
2. Vessie Simmons – Dedicated To The One I Love (1971)
3. Anna King – Tennessee Waltz (1964)
4.  Mary Wells – 500 Miles (1968)
5.  Clarence Carter – I’d Rather Go Blind (1969)
6.  Mavis Staples – Son Of A Preacher Man (1969)
7.  Freddie North – Rainy Night in Georgia (1975)
8.  Donny Hathaway – Misty (1970)
9. Tyrone Davis – It’s All In The Game (1973)
10. Laura Lee – Since I Fell For You (1972)
11. Isaac Hayes – For The Good Times (1971)
12. Aretha Franklin – The Weight (1969)
13. Marsha Hunt – Keep The Customer Satisfied (1971)
14. Jerry Butler – Something In The Way (She Moves) (1970)
15. Roberta Flack – Just Like A Woman (1970)
16. Walter Jackson – Someone Saved My Life Today (1976)
17. Ronnie Dyson – Bridge Over Troubled Waters (1970)
18. Junior Parker – Tomorrow Never Knows (1971)

(PW in comments)

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  1. halfhearteddude
    October 30th, 2010 at 00:19 | #1

    PW – amdwhah

  2. shadreck
    October 30th, 2010 at 03:56 | #2

    Looks good. Thanks a lot.

  3. chrisg
    November 1st, 2010 at 23:54 | #3

    Thank you for this compilation. The arrangement of Tennessee Waltz on the Anna King track is virtually identical to that used by Sam Cooke on his last album. Now I have to work out who did this first- I suspect Sam.

  4. halfhearteddude
    November 2nd, 2010 at 07:13 | #4

    Second-Hand Songs lists King ahead of Cooke, but doesn’t give a recording or release date for King’s version. Cooke’s is dated Martch 1964 (). I think that King’s vocals tear into the song more than Cookes, which featured in The Originals Vol. 37.

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