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Covered With Soul Vol. 16

February 14th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Volume 16 in the series, and no letting up. There are still many more fine soul covers in stock.

Unusually, we kick this one off with an instrumental — but what an instrumental! King Curtis” cover of A Whiter Shade Of Pale, which also scores the opening sequence of the film Withnail & I. That film was set in 1969, but the song was actually released only in 1971, on Curtis” Live At Filmore West LP.

We”ve had a couple of soul cover mixes of Beatles songs; the overflow will be sprinkled over the next few mixes. Diana Ross” version of Come Together, from 1970, is quite excellent; see what you make of The Impressions” fairly straight cover of The Fool On The Hill.

Joe Simon, on the other hand, delivers a thoroughly reworked take on the Rolling Stones” Let”s Spend The Night Together.

I think I”ve gone on record as saying that every Kris Kristofferson song is best performed by the man himself. Here, Al Green is giving it everything to disprove my notion. Where KK”s version is melancholy about the break-up sex, Al is going to make the final night so memorable that she”ll change her mind about splitting (if it is indeed her who is agitating for separation; what do you think?).

Definitely outperforming the original is Maxine Weldon with her harp-dominated version of Fire And Rain.

It seems right to let the late Major Harris close off the mix with his version of My Way, a terrible song which in his hands is actually quite good once he goes into Philly Soul mode halfway through.

As always, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R, for which homebaked covers are included. PW in comments.

1. King Curtis – A Whiter Shade Of Pale (1971)
2. Diana Ross – Come Together (1970)
3. Joe Simon – Let’s Spend The Night Together (1976)
4. Hodges, James & Smith – I Who Have Nothing (1975)
5. New York City – Hang On Sloopy (1973)
6. Solomon Burke – Proud Mary (1969)
7. The Staple Singers – For What It’s Worth (1967)
8. The Impressions – Fool On The Hill (1969)
9. Jimmy Hughes – I Stand Accused (1967)
10. Al Green – For the Good Times (1972)
11. The Manhattans – By The Time I Get To Phoenix (1970)
12. The Temprees – We’ve Only Just Begun (1972)
13. Gladys Knight & The Pips – The Look Of Love (1968)
14. Maxine Weldon – Fire And Rain (1971)
15. Margie Joseph – Baby I’m A Want You (1974)
16. The Undisputed Truth – Killing Me Softly With His Song (1973)
17. Al Wilson – This Guy’s In Love With You (1968)
18. Major Harris – My Way (1974)



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  1. halfhearteddude
    February 14th, 2013 at 08:41 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Bo
    February 14th, 2013 at 10:41 | #2

    Thank you

  3. dogbreath
    February 14th, 2013 at 17:04 | #3

    Thanks for another fine soul mix and this includes a couple of my faves: the King Curtis opener followed by Miss Ross’s Beatles cover – plus any Al Green tune will always do the trick!

  4. chris b.
    April 4th, 2013 at 23:56 | #4

    Is there any chance of reposting volumes 4, 12 & 13 of this series? All links on those pages are dead.

  5. halfhearteddude
    April 9th, 2013 at 07:26 | #5

    All three are back up, Chris.

  6. chris b.
    April 9th, 2013 at 18:16 | #6

    Thanx very much!

  7. Nazz
    November 19th, 2017 at 23:55 | #7

    I love this series! The links to this one appear to be dead.
    Any chance of a repost?

  8. halfhearteddude
    November 20th, 2017 at 16:09 | #8

    Yes, it’s up again now.

  9. Oumama
    November 8th, 2018 at 07:27 | #9

    Rapidgator link not working? Re-upload in Zaippyshare, please. Thank you.

  10. halfhearteddude
    November 10th, 2018 at 09:22 | #10

    There’s this weird thing whereby Rapidgator adds a whole lot of stuff to the URL, making the link unusable. If you have that problem, delete all the stuff as of “?referer=” in the URL bar and reload.

    Try the link like this:


  11. October 11th, 2020 at 16:24 | #11


    Is there any chance of reposting Covered with Soul 11, 12, 16 and 16 as all are down. All others working OK as of this post!

  12. halfhearteddude
    October 16th, 2020 at 09:43 | #12

    11, 12, 14 and 16 are up again.

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