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vigorofthepeople asked: To that person's question about the album with the egg: I believe he/she was asking about "Birth Day" by New Birth. That album has the song "You Are What I'm All About," the song sampled by Junior M.A.F.I.A. for "Player's Anthem."
Thanks, vigorofthepeople! Hope this helps our friend.
luancat asked: Hi, I'm looking for a Soul band of 70s. The only thing I can remember is the album's cover. It was a double cover all black with a broken egg outside, inside, I think, it was a kitchen in black and white, maybe gray too, showing the sequence of the egg falling until it is brken on the floor. I loved those songs and would like to hear them again. Could You help me to find it? Thanks. Luancat from Brasil.
I apologize, I can’t think of what that might be. Any other clues you can give? Anyone else have an idea? Drop a line.
Richard Caiton - Listen To The Drums (G.N.P Crescendo, 1964)
Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone. This song will get stuck in your head, in the best possible way.
Gwen McCrae - It Keeps On Raining (RCA, 1975)
California has been in the worst drought in recorded history and though we’ve had an extremely pleasant, sunny and at times even hot Winter, we really need the rain. Yesterday it finally did and it was pretty good, though a drop in the bucket for what we really need. Thought of this great Gwen McCrae tune. Also thought of the great Irma Thomas classic "It’s Raining".
Diamond Joe - Don’t Set Me Back (Sansu, 1966)
The driving and swung 12/8 rhythm of this ballad from this great New Orleans singer reminds me a lot of one of my personal favorites by Kip Anderson, which can be found on the OSM Mixtape No.1. This track was arranged by the venerable Allen Toussaint. I posted a Diamond Joe song a couple years ago.
My friend asked my about those hits at the beginning of the song and how they offer that particular intense feel. She thought it was the baritone sax on beats 1,2,3,and 4, but actually it was the swung hit from the tom of the drumset right before those strong downbeats, and then the singers response to the downbeat. ||: Bah (tom) - DUM (bari fart) - “Set Back!” (singers) :||
Percy Sledge - Christmas Wish (Atlantic, 1969)
To all followers of Old Soul Music and soul music lovers worldwide, I’d like to wish you a safe and joyous Christmas day. As Sledge says, “This is my Christmas wish for you: the precious blessing of each other.” I adore this song and I’ve been waiting weeks to post it.
Download a Truth & Soul podcast for free. Listening now, so far so good! From the description:
An old t&s podcast from the man the myth Jeff “Chairman” Mao. Still as good today as the first day he sent it in. We will be putting up the old episodes that got taken down along with a ton of new episodes.
Here is my review of the 2013 documentary Muscle Shoals, which i saw last night.
Bono shut your stupid face up, you seriously ruin everything.
The film should have been called Fame Studios And That Other One Later On, not Muscle Shoals. It was OK. I looked around the audience before liftoff and it was a small crowd of baby boomers, naturally. I think it’s the type of film that isn’t designed to get deep or be thorough in its historical perspective. It’s designed so that the audience walks away with a superficial but well-intentioned enhancement of their prior knowledge, combined with the stirred spirit of reliving some great moments of popular music. I learned some things I didn’t know, which I appreciated. And watching interviews with great soul singers is always great. It won’t blow your mind, but it was entertaining enough.
Millie Jackson - (If loving you is wrong) I don’t want to be right (Spring, 1974)
I have a theory about this song. Or, rather, I have a theory about Lee Fields’ “It’s all over (but the crying)”. I’d be willing to wager that Fields definitely had Jackson’s 1974 release “Caught Up" in mind while writing that song as well as the rest of the material on his 2012 release "Faithful Man”. Lee was active in 1974, known for his raw, screeching tenor. Caught Up had several charting hits and is well-liked by soul fans, so it’s very possible that Lee knew this record. Definitely the song, it had been done by so many great singers.
The reason why I’m so compelled to suggest ties between the two records is for two primary reasons. First, Fields’ “It’s all over…” has several melodic, harmonic and rhythmic components that are similar to Millie’s “If loving you..”. Follow the form and development of each song. Listen to the delivery of her gritty alto. They’re in the same key. Those string parts. In true 4/4 soul ballad form they play a lot on the plagal (i-iv) chord progression, as well as the passing bassline (1-b7-b6-4).
Still not convinced?
How about this: Track 06 on the record is entitled “It’s all over but the shouting”. Granted, the roots of that song likely go back to the 40s with Patty Andrews singing the torch song “It’s all over but the memories,” and many nonrelated versions have been written across many genres with similar sentiment but different lyrics. Still though, it’s convincing to me and I like to think about the relationships between artists, listeners, and artists as listeners.
NOTE: This track ends abruptly because it’s a part of a 3-track epic medley. I highly recommend listening to both albums, they’re heartbreaking, intense, and exceptionally well-written. You can find them on spotify.
Mary McCreary - Soothe Me (Shelter, 1974)
What an unrelenting onslaught of a piece. Will someone please soothe her? Tender introduction, short development section then this endlessly building passing chord progression cascading onto itself; featuring violin solos, flamenco guitar, a support vocal track en espanol, a small choir. Pretty nuts.
Sam Dees - What’s It Gonna Be (Atlantic, 1975)
A very lovely Mayfield’esque arrangement accompanies this deep and moody mid-tempo shuffle. Fell in love with it this morning and have been playing it on repeat all day.
Thinking about making a “Best Of Old Soul Music” mixtape. You all interested?
This is probably a or the future of the Numero Group. Digging up old demos and singles from 80s electro funk artists. Cool as hell, man.
I’ve been thinking a lot about what the nature of “good” work is. The Numero Group does good work. There’s a word artists use for what happens to your body when you listen to music and it gives you chills, makes your arm hair stand on end, or you well up with sudden sadness or joy. Frisson. This is that emotion.
Eddie Ray - You Are Mine
This was oldsoulmusic's first post. This performance still destroys me. It's a recording during a rehearsal of a song never published. I heard it on the Numero Group's “Eccentric Soul: The Prix Label”.
Repost. This song consistently kills me.
Johnny Adams - Reconsider Me
A repentant lover comes back to the one he hurt. The melisma on “Oh” right before the first “Reconsider Me” punches me right in the gut. This is Country Soul.
"Here at your door
like a sparrow with a broken wing
who’s come back to beg you…
ooh reconsider me.”