Monday, April 30, 2012

A Baker’s Dozen of Soulful Tunes to Start The Week...

      1.     Old Songs – Betty Wright & The Roots sing about the virtues of old school soul (and love) on this track from their recent album/collaboration, Betty Wright: The Movie (2011).
      2.     Finally Falling - White soul singer Mayer Hawthorne gets into his Motown groove on this tune from his sophomore disc, How Do You Do (2011).
      3.     Sugarfoot – Black Joe Lewis & The Honey Bears do their best James Brown on this song from Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is! (2009).
      4.     Love That Girl - Raphael Saadiq channels equal parts Eddie Kendricks (of The Temptations) and Curtis Mayfield on this number from the excellent The Way I See It (2008).
      5.     Concrete Blues - The Revelations featuring Tre Williams mix R&B & the blues on this title track from their 2011 album, with a touch of the sound of Bobby “Blue” Bland.
      6.     One of Those Days  - Felix Cavaliere (lead singer of The Rascals) and Steve Cropper (famed guitarist for Stax Records & The Blues Brothers) turn up the funk on this track from their album, Nudge It Up a Notch (2008).
      7.     Tighter – Haunting soul ballad from Fitz & The Tantrums’ debut album, Pickin Up The Pieces (2010).
      8.     Longer & Stronger – Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings. Great song from the recent B-sides & rarities collection, Soul Time! (2011).
      9.     Stoned Love – After the departure of Diana Ross, the Jean Terrell led version of the group had a hit with this one; from the album New Ways But Love Stays (1970).
      10.  Shake - Phat Phunktion grooves it up on this tune from Soul Juice (2005).
      11.  Little Bit of Feel Good – British soulster Jamie Lidell gives in to his inner blue-eyed soul shouter on this number from Jim (2008).
      12. You & Me – Obscure soul gem from Penny & The Quarters, used to great effect in the film Blue Valentine (2010), and featured on the soundtrack album.
Bonus Track: Tell Mama – Etta James from The Essential Etta James. The one & only Etta.


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