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Friday, November 11, 2011

Lee Fields -- Wanna Dance

Get the album here.
Ready for some Lee Fields? He's always good for a surprise or two ... And his 1979 album  Let's Talk It Over (Angle 3)  is such a surprise. With titles ranging from sweet and deep soul to serious Funk, this album seems to lack in consistency -- at least when you first listen to it. But the more you listen, the better the music gets.
There's a remastered CD available with almost as many "bonus" tracks as original tracks ... Well, I don't know. I love the original eight tracks and think they paint a vivid picture of Lee's versatility.
Please check out Lee Field's other releases -- he has some very good music out there. His 2009 album My World will convince you of his talent.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Bobby Blue Bland -- Help Me Through The Day

Bobby "Blue" Bland owns a warm and cozy corner of my heart. (He lives right next door to Percy Sledge, so to speak.) His voice will forever be associated with a pivotal era of my life. Bobby sang the blues while the foundation for a future with my husband was laid ...  In case you're wondering -- I'm in a reminiscent mood because our wedding anniversary is just around the corner.
Today's pick is from his 1973 California album, Bobby's first album for the ABC-Dunhill label. It is definitely an outstanding production. There's not a single mediocre song on the entire album. It could easily be mistaken for a "Best of" release -- it's an album with excellent musicians, background vocals, and of course, Bobby's unique voice in its prime.
Get the album here!
I chose Help Me Through The Day for the simple reason that some of Bobby's songs are almost played to death, while other equally good songs don't get any air time at all.  Help Me Through The Day is one of the latter songs.
The strings and the guitars are absolutely fantastic. Okay, turn up the volume and listen to the man now ...

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Aretha Franklin and King Curtis Live at the Fillmore West: I Stand Accused

Just in case you have a few dollars to spare you can get the album here.
Today's song is from the legendary 1971 live  recordings of Aretha Franklin's performance with King Curtis at the Fillmore West in San Francisco. Jerry Wexler, who had added Aretha to Atlantic Records, had the glorious idea to have her perform with another band than her own show band -- and at a relatively small venue. The concert turned out to become legendary.
Not only did the audience get treated to the incomparable Aretha Franklin but also to such musicians as Billy Preston and The Memphis Horns. Can you imagine?  And for drummer groupies like me, the drums are in the hands of Bernard Purdie.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Full Force -- We've Come A Long Way

This is a compilation of lost gems. You need to get this album, if you appreciate Old School soul with melodious arrangements, stunning background harmonizing -- all paced just right to put you into a dreamy mood and has you reminisce those days when music was made it easy to get closer to the object of your admiration. There's not a single disappointing title on this album, although some of the songs definitely suffer from poor sound quality.
This is the perfect companion for a candle light dinner, some smooth red wine, and those telling looks across the table ...

Monday, November 7, 2011

Reggae Monday

Augustus Pablo -- Reggae In The Fields
Winston Jarrett -- Do You Hear I
Witty's All Stars -- Just Like A Sea (version)
Senseations -- Lonely Lover

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Willie Small — Say You Will

I don’t know what happened, but last week was packed with activities not favorable to blogging. The new week will be less busy, I hope.
Starting off with a Deep Soul gem by Willie Small of whom I couldn’t find any useable info — unfortunately. Today’s pick is from yet another priceless Lost Deep Soul Treasures compilation. Volume 1 of this collection features such greats as Otis Clay, Sam Dees, and Clay Hammond as well as lesser known artists. Those little known artists deserve as much attention and recognition as their more famous counterparts, however.
Willie Small, without doubt, has a ton of talent: flawless singing and measured intensity  combined with a perfect horn section make for this classic deepie.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Paul Gayten — Ain’t Nothing Happening

Here’s  a fine piece of jump blues by Paul Gayten, the nephew of Little Brother Montgomery, a blues pianist. Paul followed in his uncle’s footsteps and began playing the piano. Still in his teens, he performed with local bands and, on the side, established his own band Gayten’s Sizzling Six. 
Gayten tried his hand at various branches of the music business including being a bandleader, a label owner, songwriter, and a record producer.
The war years he spent leading the Army band in Biloxi, Mississippi. Once back in New Orleans, created a new trio which became a resident band at the renowned  Club Robin Hood. Two of the first New Orleans R’n B era hits, True and Since I Fell For You, were recorded by Gayten’s trio in 1947. 
Two years later, his trio had grown into a nine-piece band and, having signed up with Regal Records, he wrote For You My Love which hit # 1 on the R’nB charts with Larry Darnell. His band was in high demand and for a while appeared with such greats as Dizzy Gillespy and Charlie Parker. 
In 1952, Gayten joined Okeh Records, but only a year later he gave up touring to join Chess Records.  At Chess, he applied his talent to song writing, promoting, and talent scouting for the label — still recording and being a part time musician. He discovered Clarence Frogman Henry, for example, whose first hit, Ain’t Got No Home, was produced by Gayten.
After a multifaceted career as singer, song writer, producer, and band leader Paul Gayten and his wife moved to Los Angeles in 1960 where he ran the West Coast Chess Record enterprise. In 1968, finally, he established his very own label, Pzazz. (For a Pzazz discography, please go here.)
Paul Gayten died March 26, 1991 in Los Angeles. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Don Covay and The Goodtimers — Now, That I Need You

Today’s pick is not quite as uplifting as yesterday’s session. It is, however, a very fine tune by one of my favorite singers, Don Covay. For the longest time , the only song by him I knew was I Was checking Out … Admittedly, that song deserved its fame; but after I got acquainted with more of his material, I realized how versatile this artist actually was.
Here’s a nice Doo-Wop  title by Don and The Goodtimers. This will be a joy for everyone who appreciates some fine harmonizing.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Energy Boosting Instrumentals


Spunky -- Johnny Jenkins (Handle With Care, The Orchard, 2001)
Soul Train parts 1 & 2 -- The Ramrods (The Soultrain 45, Rampage, 196?)
The Swag -- Link Wray (Best of Link Wray, Rhino, 1993)
A Woman, A Lover, A Friend -- Booker T and The MG's (Green Onions, Atlantic, 1962)
His Girl -- The Budos Band (The Budos Band, Daptone, 2005)
Hung Over -- The Martinis (Bar Records ?)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Gene Townsel -- There's No Use In Hiding

If you are looking for one of those albums with virtually no filler material, go get Gene Townsel's 1978 release Time Wounds All Heels, originally on the Dobre label. The album is also available as a digitally  remastered CD (Essential Media Group, 2011).
According to amazon's bio, Gene Townsel " has appeared on stages around the world from Acapulco to Tokyo and has taught generations of up-coming vocalists as a vocal coach and arranged scores for countless artists. His rare 70s R&B album "Time Wounds All Heels", has over the decades become a collectors item in the US and Europe, and has spawned a re-release of a single from the album in England - with the full original album finally seeing the light of day in the digital domain in the US. Featured on the album are 4 original Townsel compositions including "Time Wounds All Heals," plus soulful renditions of two obscure Bill Withers tunes. All selections newly remastered."

Soultaker's Treasure Chest - 10-30-2011

Posted By Soultaker
Hope everyone is doing fine.  Been a hectic weekend with the unexpected snowstorm we had here in New Jersey.  I mean the last time I checked, it was still  Fall and it's a day before Halloween.  I don't mind winter, but it's a little early to be digging out the snow shovels.  
Since I didn't do much on the outside this weekend, it gave me a chance to play some records; something I haven't done as much as I would like to lately.  So time to brew up some hot tea with a few shots of Hennessy in it and play some tunes.
  1. Mighty Mighty – Baby Huey – Curtom
  2. I’ll Be Your Shelter(In Time Of Storm) – Luther Ingram - Koko
  3. Half A Man – Howard Tate – Verve
  4. (Hey, You and You and You and You) I’ve Lived The Life  - M-W-T Express(Marva Whitney) - Forte
  5. I Was Made To Love Her – Jackie Wilson & Count Basie – Brunswick
  6. This Girl – Cookin’ On 3 Burners Feat. Kylie Auldist – Freestyle
  7. I Keep On Lovin’ You – ZZ Hill – United Artist
  8. Didn’t We – Carla Thomas  - Stax
  9. Slip Away – Hank Ballard - King

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Eddie Kirkland and The Italian American Blues Band -- Burnin' Love

Eddie Kirkland was born August 16, 1923 in Jamaica, raised in Alabama. Also known as the "Gypsy of the Blues" due to his heavy touring, he played with the blues greats.  Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Honeyboy Edwards, and Ruth Brown for example. 
Until his death on February 27, 2011 he regularly toured the U.S. and Europe, wrote and recorded albums. 
Today's song is taken from his 1995 album The Devil and Other Blues Demons (Trix). This is an album you should definitely check out, if you like your blues electric and unadulterated.
... And you all know I love this tune.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

LazyD Edit: Z. Z. Hill -- Everybody Has To Cry

Every now and then I come across an edit I absolutely love. And this ZZ Hill edit is one of them. You'll find more of Lazy's edits on his blog, Close To The Edit or here.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Rayfield Reid and; The Magnificents -- Treat You Right

There's not much info available on  Rayfield Reid and The Magnificents -- but there's a reissue of the group's only album available.  Two titles from this LP, Dynamite Party and today's pick,Treat You Right, were also released as a single.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Bobby McClure -- You Bring Out The Love In Me

The way it looks, Bobby McClure has released singles only. His first two releases (1965) for the Checkers label were duets with Fontella Bass. Today's pick is a release from 1975 for Island Records, a British label. The label was founded by Chris Blackwell in 1959  in Jamaica.  You'll find a quite interesting article about Island Records here.
Also check out this clip of Bobby McClure singing the JT classic "Just Because." He's doing a fantastic job ... Amazing, how some artists keep their voices fresh and clean over the years. And the guitar solo sure makes this old Raggedy quite happy.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

WRAG San Antonio: Radio Raggedy ...

Here I am -- owning my own radio station now: WRAG San Antonio, TX -- Radio Raggedy. Of course the programs are available only to SOUNDS  OF  THE  SOUL followers. They know if it's from Raggedy, it's only the best. Never ever like the rest! Free to you -- and lots of fun for me.
... presents Easy Sunday songs:
Honey Dove -- Lee Fields feat. The Expressions (My World, Truth and Soul Records )
I'll Do It For You -- Toussaint McCall (Nothing Takes The Place Of You, Fuel Records)
And My Heart Sang -- Brenda and The Tabulations (Top and Bottom Records, 1970)
My World -- Sam Dees (Lost Deep Soul Treasures Vol.4)
Ain't It Good -- United Eight
Always -- Tommy Tate (I´m So Satisfied (Complete Ko Ko Recordings)
All Because Of You -- Tee Fletcher (Eccentric Soul, Eccentric Soul: The Tragar & Note Labels)
Next Time I See You -- Greg Perry (One For The Road, Soubr)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Charles Farren -- A Girl Like You

Darned, the week is almost over, and I didn't make time to post ... It's a shame because I consider every week the compressed version of my life; and it's just wrong to let busyness keep you from doing what you love most.
Today's song is one of those tunes that got me hooked the first time ever I heard it. Charles Farren delivers a truly great soul blues ballad. His voice, gritty and intense ranges from baritone through falsetto -- with adorable ease. And the music! Just listen to this arrangement.
Have a very happy Friday everyone!

New CD by L.J. Reynolds

Just to let you know: L. J. Reynolds -- yes, the L. J. Reynolds of the Dramatics has a very nice CD out. Go and take a listen here.