Rick Hall has died, aged 85. I recently had a bit of a Muscle Shoals phase after watching this excellent documentary that places him pretty much at the centre of the 60s soul explosion in the US and an endearingly humble fellow
I am a happy bunny. On Saturday, I stumbled across a charity stall where some decent cove had offloaded a sizable collection of folk, jazz, country, blues, African, reggae, soul, fado, etc. Presumably it had all been digitalized and space was needed.
Some ten cases of CDs (24 apiece) sorted by genre, as well as a sundry assortment of odds and ends, (including a few Word of Mouth cover mounts). I wonder if he was a Massive member?
Anyway, I bought the soul and what must have been the erudite guitar plucking collections – some 45 CDs for 35 Euros.
I’m listening to Bill Frisell’s Nashville now, and wanted to share my joy with you lovely music fiends. A lot of the music is new to me, and if you’ve been affected by any of these artistes, I’d love to get your guidance. I’m looking forward to filling great holes in my musical knowledge.
(Lists of music acquired in posts below)
Does anyone know anything about this record that I picked up at a car boot sale today for £1? I thought it was just a common Atlantic soul compilation, but the songs are all introduced – and interrupted – by the American DJ Emperor Rosko, and what I thought was a promo sticker is in fact printed on the sleeve. There’s no cat. no., and the latest song on there is 1971. The sleeve says it was printed in the UK and there’s a credit to Kinney Record Group. Google and Discogs have zero on this, which is unusual. Anybody?
Following his death, I’ve been listening to Don Covay. He was the epitome of party soul, typified by his biggest hit, See Saw. His backing band was aptly named The Goodtimers. Suddenly, he teamed up with The Jefferson Lemon Blues Band and released a full-on throaty blues album, The House Of Blue Lights. It was a completely unexpected musical diversion quite different to the rest of his catalogue. It was a musical hand-brake turn.
All the best groups develop their sound and some, such as Bowie, wilfully defy expectations but there aren’t many that do something out of character and then immediately go back to their usual delivery. I thought of Talk Talk and Spirit Of Eden. However, looking back, I can hear some of Spirit in their previous album and Mark Hollis continued to explore the Spirit style in his solo albums.
I’m convinced The Afterword can come up with more examples of the musical handbrake turn.
In the meantime, compare and contrast But I Forgive You Blues with See Saw. (The link to See Saw is in red underneath But I Forgive You Blues. I can’t seem to embed it).
Inspired by the Women Of Soul thread and the fact that i’ve got one eye on a James Brown docu on BBC4 now. What about the soul men ?
Let’s really test this new site with a thread chock full of video clips. I wonder how many posts it takes to blow its mind (if sites have minds).
My favourite musical genre is soul & I love the female voice. So, how about posting your favourite performances of Ladies singing Soul? I’ll start with The Queen, Aretha Franklin, and I Say A Little Prayer.
If you have difficulty embedding videos, just make a suggestion and I’ll find it & post it.
I’m guessing this site is robust enough to take a thread with 75 video clips.
Didnt know this bloke but just saw him on Fallon.A soul singer who goes back to the eighties .This track gets better as it goes along .Seriously lame title for latest album “Forever Charlie” …..blanche. But the reviews are good so it’s now on order Can anyone tell me more about him ?
Recently got Gene Page’s first 2 LPs, after long loving All Our Dreams Coming True – it’s great and particularly this track, in the vein and just as joyous.
Any other favourite’s by the not so well known??