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John B

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alas, Tom, I have less tech. ability than anyone you know.  I don't even have a cellphone.  So, I am unable to provide links.  But I like the topic and love a lot of these: Rascals, Southside, Chilton, Otis, Aretha, etc.!

just saw an old Smokey Robinson TV show on cable (from...I'm guessing, about 1970 or so?), that had the (Dennis/Eddie) Temps and Stevie and the Supremes who weren't named Diana, and it was really great. Smokey was absolutely at his peak.  In many ways, he's the greatest soul singer to me.
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They used to call these guys "blue eyed soul", but with last names of Brigati, Cavaliere, Danelli, & Cornish, it seems likely they could only come up with 2 blue eyes out of 8 total.

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As always, I look forward to what additional favorite examples of "soul" or soulful music you add to this week's playlist!

Sorry, Tom, but I'm taking a bit of a break due to other priorities.

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, "Ooh Baby Baby"
youtube.com/watch?v=6PVkF44Dsfc

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Thanks, Larry!  

surely some Beatles fanatic knows what Paul thought of the live Smokey & Miracles version of 'Yesterday'--which is my favorite all-time version of the song.  I've never read his reaction.
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Tom Tobben, what are you doing to me????  They're all great songs!  So, I'll have to eeny, meeny, miny, mo this thing.

Here we go:

Gold:  Santana for Soul Sacrifice.  The longer I live, the more I get into Santana's music.  I cannot deny the talent of this man and I almost used this song in one of my past battles. 

Silver:  Soul Searchin' by Solomon Burke.  Love the song and it's a great soul song.  I really loved the Beach Boys version of it with Carl's sensational lead vocal.  

Bronze:  Hey, Soul Sister by Train.  I loved this song as soon as I first heard it and like most of what I hear by this band.  

Tin/Pewter:  Sweet Soul Music by Arthur Conley.  I like it a lot and it's a really good soul oldie.  Shame to put it here, but somebody had to go last...

That's it... my final answer.

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GOLD : “Soul Sacrifice” by Santana. Before their phenomenal 1st LP, there was no such thing as "world music".

SILVER: “Sweet Soul Music” by Arthur Conley. Contrived, but catchy, nonetheless.

BRONZE: “Soul Searchin’” by Solomon Burke. Carl would've scored higher.

TIN: "Hey, Soul Sister” by Train. Showed promise early on, but rapidly became average.




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bonnie, if you do intend on using ‘Wild Horses’ in a week, could you please use this best version of it?


Some blue eyed Soul music...


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This #1 Soul hit rivals David Soul's biggie, but loses due to the fact that David's was on the charts 19 weeks, & Jimmy Soul for only 15.
Jimmy Soul - If You Wanna be Happy
youtube.com/watch?v=Qh9ZZgDqzAg

This is for you, Darren, a #22:
Jimmy Soul - Twistin' Matilda
youtube.com/watch?v=6EuOQiQ8DGY

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surely some Beatles fanatic knows what Paul thought of the live Smokey & Miracles version of 'Yesterday'--which is my favorite all-time version of the song.  I've never read his reaction.


Who are these Beat-alls you speak of, John B? 

Don't look at me...even after a quick Google search, couldn't find the answer so I'm clearly not that far flung a fanatic.  [crazy]

However, here's the version in question via YT:



EDIT: Whoops! Did you say live?:




...and...uh..."I'll be back" soon with a ballot, Tom.  


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Thanks to all for your most recent votes, comments, and soul music contributions -- t, John B., Larry, Cindy, Darren, and Lisa!

t, I completely agree with your comments re Music Explosion -- pop/rock, no way 60s soul. Great call with your "blue-eyed" soul groups -- Rascals, Animals, and Mitch Ryder. Thanks also for your votes -- I suspect mine will be pretty similar to yours this week. Jimmy Soul! [crazy]

John B., sorry to hear you're tech challenged. I couldn't agree with you more about William "Smokey" Robinson. He's been a consummate singer, songwriter, and producer of classic soul music for nearly 60 years. He first met up with Barry Gordy back in the late 50s before Gordy founded Motown. Besides his many hits with the Miracles and during his solo career, he also wrote or co-wrote a bunch of hits recorded by others (e.g., "Ain't That Peculiar" and "I'll Be Doggone" - Marvin Gaye, "Don't Mess with Bill" - Marvelettes, "My Girl", "Get Ready", "The Way You Do The Things You Do", "It's Growing" - Temptations,  "My Guy", "You Beat Me to the Punch", "Two Lovers" - Mary Wells, "Still Water (Love)" - Four Tops, "Hold On" - En Vogue). Perhaps my favorite Miracles song is this one:

And perhaps his biggest solo hit:


Robinson's songs have been recorded/covered by lots of other artists, including the Beatles. In fact, George Harrison even wrote and recorded the song "Pure Smokey" as a tribute to Smokey Robinson:


Larry, thanks for your comments and for that classic Smokey/Miracles song. Sorry to hear you're mostly on the BOTB sidelines at present.

Cindy, thanks for your votes, and I'm glad you liked all this week's battle songs. I couldn't agree more with your Santana comments. I've been impressed at how versatile and diverse Santana's music has been over these many years, and how he is still creating good new music. I've had the good fortune to see Santana in concert twice, including once early in his career as a double bill with Eric Clapton (how about that one!) and once in the early 2000s after his Supernatural album was such a massive hit. Any other favorite soul artists or songs you want to add to the mix this week?

Darren, you crack me up! Susan Boyle's "Wild Horses"? -- I'll bet Jagger and Richards about croaked when they heard that abortion of their classic song (which Rolling Stone rated #334 of its 500 greatest songs of all time in 2004). 
If a bunch of cannibals caught David Solberg and cooked him, would they be eating "filet of Soul" or just some bland white bread?

Lisa, thanks for finding and sharing Smokey Robinson & The Miracles lovely cover version of "Yesterday", and thanks to John B for mentioning that. I don't recall hearing their lovely version before. "Yesterday" is still one of the most frequently covered pop songs of all time, having been covered by other artists over 2200 times according to Wikipedia. Looking forward to your votes and any additional comments or song additions.

Here are just some of the Motown stable's (Motown, Tamla, Gordy, etc. labels) vast roster of classic artists and hits:
The Four Tops' "Reach Out (I'll Be There)":

Marvin Gaye's "What's Goin' On":

Stevie Wonder's "Superstition":

The Contours' "Do You Love Me?":

Martha & The Vandellas' "Dancin' in the Streets":

The Supremes' "Stop! In the Name of Love":

Mary Wells' "My Guy":

The Commodores (with Lionel Ritchie) "Brick House":


Looking forward to more of your comments, votes, and soul music additions during the remainder of this week's battle. 

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Speaking of the Contours, here's another great Smokey Robinson/Bobby Rogers tune, also covered by J Geils Band in the 1970's. This might be my favorite Motown record.
The Contours - First I Look at the Purse
youtube.com/watch?v=frCr6eq2Vfc

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Wild Horses.  Hadn't thought of that one. [smile]

Bessie Smith, "Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out".

youtube.com/watch?v=6MzU8xM99Uo

Eric Clapton covering it forty years later. 

youtube.com/watch?v=S0vVSzr1ee4



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Thanks very much for your kindness, Lisa GT/S.!

Not the Live Smokey version of "Yesterday" I was thinking of, but essentially the same (kind of gospel) arrangement.  I think the one I have in mind is only on record, rather than visual on video and that's why YOUTUBE doesn't have it.   These versions are very nice, but emotionally they are rendered like Paul's: from perspective of very early stages of the brain processing loss--blunted, 'what happened?...why she had to go, she didn't say...I did something wrong, what was it?'  etc.  It's understated, sad, but not sentimental.  Smokey even partially smiles in the Sullivan show clip.

The version I have in mind is from a 1969 Tamla/Motown album called "Smokey & the Miracles Live!" with kind of blue and purple cover.  The recent hits must have been "If You Can Want" and "More Love" and they cover some of the more...hippy era show tunes coming into vogue then such as 'Up Up & Away (In My Beautiful Balloon)' and 'Theme from Valley of the Dolls.'   Side 2, though, was when they got serious.  It starts with 'Walk on By'--that is killer.  THEN, cut 2 is the version of 'Yesterday' I am talking about.  This is less like 'Live at the Copa' Sam Cooke and more like 'Live at the Harlem Club'--very likely, a black audience, and they are yelling much more during the songs.  Smokey sings 'Yesterday' here from a very different emotional place than Paul or the Sullivan show...it's way past 'Walk on By'---and fully committed to fully understood and processed heartbreak.  It's full ...Johnnie Ray and Jolson down on his knees with the grease paint.  It's slower and some lines stretched out by Smokey's voice alone to accent utter helplessness.   In the Paul and Sullivan show performances, I can't imagine tears.  In this version, I can't imagine ...Smokey being able to go to the next song without tears.

and I do wonder...you know, the era, with the assassinations and war, burning cities and whatnot.  and his marriage dissolving, too.  But better than the blues, soul uplifted.  What about now?  I wish we had more soul now, with all the people shooting up churches and schools.  Yesterday, I actually read that the U.S. placed #10 in most dangerous countries for women.  India was #1.  The usual suspects (where women wear the bee-keeper suits, to quote Maher) placed 2, 3, 4, as you would suspect (e.g. Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya), but at #10, regarding sheer numbers of sexual assaults, rapes, and murders, the U.S.--at #10.!  (no other civilized western nation was in the top 10).  Today--I'm not joking, driving to work, the radio reports a 'rise in white supremacy movements on U.S. college campuses'.  It's like we are regressing.   How can people from the '60's bear it?  We all need more soul...
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Smokey was the greatest classic soul writer, and he participated in the renaissance that was ...1965-1966, as his regular release albums like the Beatles and The Beach Boys, play even now like Greatest Hits albums.  "Going to a Go Go" the one where he improbably sits on a skate board, had the Title Cut, 'Ooh, Baby Baby' AND 'Tracks of My Tears.'  AND 'Fork in the Road.'  AND the one Costello plays "From Head to Toe."   One after one after one he was cranking them out not just for the Miracles but as Tom pointed out, for others on the label.
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bonnie, if you do intend on using ‘Wild Horses’ in a week, could you please use this best version of it?


Some blue eyed Soul music...




Darren, 

If you're looking for the definitive version of Wild Horses, I think your auto correct pulled up Susan Boyle instead of The Rolling Stones.

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John B

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ha.  I take it the reposting of David Soul and Susan B was intended as a rebuttal to my assertion:

    'we DON'T need more soul.'



   

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