Category: soul

Brenda Duff – Midnight Taxi Ride (To Nowhere) …

Brenda Duff – Midnight Taxi Ride (To Nowhere) (Volume) – We’ve all taken one…

Thanks to Paola Puente for this one!

Marjorie McCoy – “And That’s Saying A Lo…

Marjorie McCoy – “And That’s Saying A Lot” (Capitol) – Soulful version of this one that has at least two other great versions

Jimmy Thompson – “Jimmy’s Place” (Jimmy …

Jimmy Thompson – “Jimmy’s Place” (Jimmy Thompson Music) – Jazzy soul smoothness

The Feminine Society – Give Me A Chance To Get…

The Feminine Society – Give Me A Chance To Get Over You (Sure Hits) – Soulful Saturday sounds

Everyday People Unlimited – Soul Livin’ …

Everyday People Unlimited – Soul Livin’ (Playground) – That’s how I’m livin’

The Turn-A-Rounds – I Need Your Lovin’ (…

The Turn-A-Rounds – I Need Your Lovin’ (Minit) – Beat ballad heaven. 

Fine Young Cannibals “The Raw & The Cooked…

Fine Young Cannibals “The Raw & The Cooked” 1989. FYC’s second and final LP, a mix of new wave, pop, soul and dance music was a huge hit, going to #1 in the US, UK and Australia and hailed by critics as one of the most exciting records of the 80′s, winning the title of Best British Album at the Brit Awards in 1990 and was nominated for the Album of the Year at the Grammy’s. I think there’s a lot of other albums from the 80′s that would better fit for best album of the 80′s but this is a great record. Roland Gift’s voice gives the album a truly unique sound and the reggae/ska/new wave mash-up background of former The (English) Beat members Andy Cox on guitar and David Steele on keyboards and bass lends an appealing dance flavor throughout. With the exception of the first single, a cover of the Buzzcock’s “Ever Fallen in Love” (that track by the Buzzcocks is one of the best songs ever; FYC’s version went to #11 in the UK and to #11 on the US Hot Dance Club chart), all tracks were written by FYC. The second single, “She Drives Me Crazy,” was a massive smash, going to #5 in the UK and to #1 in the spring of ‘89 in the US and is considered one of the best songs of the 80′s. Their third single from The Raw & The Cooked was “Good Thing,” which is almost as good as “She Drives Me Crazy.” It went to #7 in the UK and once again topped the charts in the US during the summer of ‘89. “Don’t Look Back” was the fourth single, hitting #11 in the US but just #34 in the UK. For some reason I don’t remember that single at all but in August of ‘89 I was busy getting ready to go to my first year of college so was a bit preoccupied I guess but it’s a great rocker with a bit of jangle-pop guitar. “I’m Not the Man I Used to Be” was the next single: it did a bit better in the UK, going to #20 but just #54 in the US. “I’m Not Satisfied” was the final UK/US released single and it faired a bit worse, #45 UK and #90 US, though I’m not sure why because it’s a great, soulful dance number. FYC released the track “It’s OK (It’s Alright)” – a great funky new wave dance number – as a single in Germany and “Tell Me What” was released in France. FYC disbanded in 1992 (getting back together briefly in ‘96 to record the single “The Flame”). 

Katmandu “Katmandu” 1971/1991 (maybe?) reissue…

Katmandu “Katmandu” 1971/1991 (maybe?) reissue, Mainstream Records. Another mystery record propped by my turntable, I had no idea what to expect when I threw this one on: it’s bluesy, soulful and sometimes funky r&b. Very little information exists about Katmandu – I found they were “discovered” by Little Richard and the lineup consisted of Bob Jabo (lead guitar), Kenny Zale (drums), Bob Caldwell (bass) and Norman Harris (organ, lead vocal). Harris seems to have done most of the songwriting on the album; Harris in particular was involved in a lot musical undertakings in the 60′s and 70′s as part of the “Philly soul” scene including playing with MFSB (Mother Father Sister Brother, a collection of studio musicians from Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studio and had a hit with “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)” better known as the theme to Soul Train) and producing for acts like the Dells, The Four Tops and The Temptations. Katmandu is not the kind of music I generally listen to and for what it is, it’s fine. “Honkey Donkey” and “Catch the Groove” are funky uptempo jams with groovy early 70′s organ but would I put this on my turntable again? Probably not. For the “should it stay or should it go” project, this one is a go. 

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Oneness Of Juju ‎– Space Jungle Luv (1976)

More Juju funk.  Their second album is more of a squishy soul jazz jam the their debut, along the lines of some of the stuff that was coming out of CTI, Flying Dutchman, Milestone Records and other soul/jazz/funk labels of the 70s.  Fans of Stanley Turrentine or George Benson’s 70s output will dig this.

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Oneness Of Juju ‎– Space Jungle Luv (1976)

Mulatu Astatke featuring Fekade Amde Maskal = …

Mulatu Astatke featuring Fekade Amde Maskal = ሙላቱ አስታጥቄ* ጋር ከፋቃደ አሞደ መስቀል* – Ethio Jazz = የካተት (1974)

Primo 70′s jazz funk from Ethiopia.  The Facebooks just announced that Mulatu Astatke is playing my city tonight, but lately my back’s been messed up to the point of not being able to get around without the help of a cane. No Mulatu show for me tonight, the records will have to do.  
Give it a listen, trust the afros on the album cover.  Afros never steered me wrong.

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