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Shoulderchoke
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re: Sweet Soul Music
I've always preferred the grittier southern soul sound associated with the early Stax records


IMO Sam & Dave were the epitome of Soul Music

One of my all-time favorite performances
Hold on I'm Coming
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Pitchfork.com review
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Sometimes exploitative impulses yield good art. Despite the way it's presented, Dylan's Gospel, the sole album by the Brothers and Sisters (aka the Brothers & Sisters of Los Angeles, aka the Los Angeles Gospel Choir—it's been reissued a few times), did not arise from a group of L.A. area gospel singers deciding what they really wanted to do was record some Bob Dylan songs. The idea came from producer and Ode Records chief Lou Adler, who can't help but have noticed that the Edwin Hawkins Singers' "Oh Happy Day" had recently become the first full-on black gospel choir recording to hit the Pop Top Five.

Adler's choir and soloists had, indeed, mostly learned to sing in church. But the "Brothers and Sisters" were recruited from the L.A. backup-singer circuit—if you've seen 20 Feet from Stardom, you've seen a lot of their names, and if you've ever listened to classic-rock radio, you've heard their voices on other people's records. Over two days in July, 1969, the group recorded churchified versions of 10 familiar Dylan tunes
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it's way better than it has a right to be: it's always at least interesting, and often pretty delightful. If you didn't catch the words, Dylan's Gospel could pass as a solidly played, splendidly sung "contemporary gospel" record, and if you can overlook the choir keeping a straight face as they raise the roof about "her fog, her amphetamine, and her pearls", it can pass as that even if you do catch the words
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the language of "Chimes of Freedom" and "The Times They Are A-Changin'" makes the stylistic transition beautifully. His lyrics were also open wide enough to interpretation that it wasn't hard to come up with a reading of, say, "The Mighty Quinn" as an impassioned if slightly eccentric parable about Christ's return, which is exactly how the great Merry Clayton delivers it here.


The Brothers and Sisters - "Lay Lady Lay" -- Lead vocal: Edna Wright

The Brothers and Sisters - "The Mighty Quinn" -- Lead vocal: Merry Clayton

The Brothers and Sisters - "The Times They Are A-Changin'" -- Lead vocal: Merry Clayton

NPR feature on Dylan's Gospel by The Brothers and Sisters


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This is a great thread.


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Kafka
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re: Sweet Soul Music
Soul Brothers Six - "Some Kind of Wonderful" (1967) -- The original version of the song that would be a huge hit for Grand Funk in the '70s








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re: Sweet Soul Music
what up Kaf-dawg


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The prodigal son has returned


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Jimmy Radcliffe - "Through a Long and Sleepless Night" (1963)

Jimmy Radcliffe (1936-1973) was one of New York's top session and demo singers in the 1960s. He never became a star, but this slow, mournful remake (produced by the legendary Bert Berns) of a 1940s movie song is one of the classics of the era.





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Kafka
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Jimmy Ruffin, Motown singer, dies aged 78

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Jimmy Ruffin, the Motown performer who scored his biggest hit with 1966's What Becomes of the Broken Hearted, has died at the age of 78.

News of his death follows reports last month that he was seriously ill and in intensive care at a Las Vegas hospital.

Born in Mississippi, Ruffin moved to Detroit in the early 1960s and was signed to Motown's Miracle label.

He moved to the UK in the 1980s, where he recorded songs with Paul Weller and Heaven 17.

Ruffin's other hits included I've Passed This Way Before, Gonna Give Her All the Love I Got and Hold On To My Love, a top 10 hit in 1980.

His younger brother David, one of the early members of the Temptations, died in 1991 of a drug overdose, prompting his sibling to become an anti-drug campaigner.


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Brenda Holloway - Every Little Bit Hurts
Brenda Holloway - "You've Made Me So Very Happy" (1967) -- The original version of the song that would be a massive hit single for Blood Sweat & Tears two years later



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npersa1
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re: Sweet Soul Music
Thank you for this, Kafka. I'm digging your picks, and I didn't know many apart from the Toussaint McCall.

This is a genre I was pretty unfamiliar with until I started listening to KBON when I lived in Lafayette for a short bit.


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npersa1
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Spotify playlist - TDMB: Sweet Soul Music

to Kafka and everyone else for pointing out these songs. I pulled the songs mentioned in this thread that I could find on Spotify into a playlist. Right now, it's 103 songs (5 hrs 30 minutes), and a majority of the songs were suggested by Kafka, so the credit goes that way.


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Kafka
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re: Sweet Soul Music
The Show Stoppers - "Ain't Nothing But A House Party" (1968)

Some may know this great soul rocker from the cover by the J. Geils Band






ETA: Live on Top of the Pops (British TV, 1971)

Just discovered this AMAZING performance footage -- the lead singer, at least, is singing live
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Sayre
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re: Sweet Soul Music
Thank you for bumping this topic. I missed it the first time around but I can't wait to dig through the stuff you and others have posted.


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