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bonnie bella

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A lot of really nice music coming through this week.  Except perhaps for Susan Soul and David Boyle.  Smoky Robinson - somebody I haven't really thought of listening to in years, and a great little musical journey. [cool]

Gnarls Barkley, "Who Cares" (Crazy)

Garnet Mimms and the Enchanters, "Cry Baby"


Clowns divorce: custardy battle.     Simon Munnery

Larry Franz

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Current events.

Jimmy Ruffin, "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted"

Marvin Gaye, "Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)"

Stevie Wonder, "You Haven't Done Nothin'"

Curtis Mayfield, "The Underground"

Eddie Kendricks, "My People ... Hold On"

Raphael Sadiq, "Keep Marchin'"

David W

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Gold:“Sweet Soul Music” by Arthur Conley

Silver :“Soul Searchin’” by Solomon Burke

Bronze: Hey, Soul Sister” by Train

Tin: “Soul Sacrifice” by Santana

Otis covers the Beatles ........... (Darren will hate this !)

and another :

and Al Green doing a great job on I Wanna Hold Your Hand

David W

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A couple of my favourite Eddie Floyd songs

And if a time machine is invented before I snuff it , I want to go here and see Booker T and the MGS and The Memphis Horns backing Eddie Floyd with the  same song

Tom Tobben

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More good comments, songs, and voting in the past couple days from t, bonnie, John B., kds, Larry, and David. Thank you!

t, good call with the Contours (and J. Geils) version(s) of "First I Look at the Purse". For those not familiar with J. Geils' rocked-up blue-eyed soul version from 1970, here it is:

bonnie, Eric Clapton certainly does some excellent covers of old blues classics. He's done whole albums of blues covers, as well as a joint album with the late blues legend B.B. King. Here's Clapton's soulful cover of the old Robert Johnson nugget, "Malted Milk", from Clapton's excellent  Unplugged album:

Good call with Garnett Mims' classic "Cry Baby", which Janis Joplin powerfully and soulfully covered a few years later on her classic Pearl album (1970):

Your video of Gnarls Barkley's "Who Cares" wouldn't play in the U.S., so here's another from YouTube that does play in the U.S., and perhaps elsewhere:

John B., thanks for your additional Smokey Robinson comments, and especially for your impassioned comments about our society seemingly reverting backward, and needing more soul. As the late George Santayana famously said, "Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it". Wise words. Your comments immediately made me think of this powerful #1 R&B and #1 pop song from the late 60s, whose message too many people today seem to have forgotten, with all the divisiveness we now see within our current society. 

Larry, glad you could drop in again and share with us some more classic soul, including some more from Motown, and Chicago's soul legend Curtis Mayfield. Thanks also for the Raphael Sadiq (formerly of Tony! Toni! Tone'!) song, which I was not previously familiar with.

David, thanks for your votes and for the additional Memphis soul artists and songs you contributed, as I hoped you would. Interesting that some did cover versions of classic Beatles songs, as did "Brother Ray" Charles, with his soulful versions of "Yesterday" and "Eleanor Rigby". Here's his "Yesterday":


Let's also explore some classic Chicago soul artists before this week gets away:

Jerry Butler (who was an original member and lead singer of the Impressions for a couple years, before launching his long solo career. Here he is with "Only The Strong Survive" from 1969:

The Impressions had a string of hits in the late 50s and 60s before Curtis Mayfield left the group in 1970 and built his own successful solo career. Here's one of their big hits from 1964 (when they had five songs reach the Top 3 on the R&B charts and in the Top 20 on the pop charts):

Lou Rawls was a Chicago native whose musical career spanned multiple decades and eventually also an acting career and commercial endorsements. Before gaining success as a solo artist, he was also the backing vocalist on Sam Cooke's big two-sided hit in 1962, "Bring It on Home to Me"/"Having A Party". Here's Lou Rawls' first big solo hit from 1966, "Love Is A Hurtin' Thing":

Although born in Los Angeles, Etta James spent her most productive years recording memorable songs for various labels owned by Chicago's Chess Records. While many will remember her for her classic ballad, "At Last", she had a number of hits and lesser-known classics, such as the two-sided classic "Tell Mama and  "I'd Rather Go Blind" from 1967, which was recorded at the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, home to many R&B and pop/rock hits. Some of you will recall that her role and her songs were memorably performed by Beyoncé in the excellent movie Cadillac Records a decade or so ago. Here's Etta's original version of "I'd Rather Go Blind":

The Staple Singers were a Chicago-based family group, which recorded and performed both gospel and R&B/soul music. Here's one of their biggest hits, "I'll Take You There", from 1972:

Earth Wind & Fire is one of the biggest R&B/soul/funk groups that hailed from Chicago, and they still perform regularly. Here's one of their biggest hits, "September" from 1978/79:

During the 1970s, the Chi-Lites had a string of soul hits on both the R&B and pop charts. Here's their lovely ballad "Have You Seen Her" from 1971:

Some other famous Chicago soul artists include Gene Chandler, Chaka Khan, Tyrone Davis, the Dells, the Emotions, the Five Stairsteps, Major Lance, R. Kelly, and Billy Stewart, to name a few. 

We have one more day to cast your votes, add more comments, or add more artists/songs to this week's "All About Soul" playlist. Jump right in!

Lisa G/TS

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Joining the Soul Patrol here...

GOLD -- Arthur Conley, Sweet Soul Music -- An upbeat classic, guaranteed to get my toes tappity tapping. 

SILVER -- Santana, Soul Sacrifice -- Briefly in Bronze position, but nope, that didn't seem right for that much hip atmosphere. 

BRONZE -- Solomon Burke, Soul Searchin' -- I do like this version, but then I remember how Carl crushes it even a little better.  [thumb]

TIN -- Train, Hey, Soul Sister --  Derailed...the little engine that couldn't in the presence of the other 3 competitors.  

For those who talk about how good the early, early Hall & Oates was, this track from their first early 70s album might fit the category:

Several I could've picked - including "Ain't No Sunshine" or "Use Me" - for Bill Withers, but let's go with:

..the right Reverend Al Green:

Thanks, Tom! 

paul g adsett

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get on down!
i've not had enough time to indulge in all the other options this week,
but, just looking at the choice, there's a good few that i like, maaan.
and then there's david soul...
oh, well, djr,
at least you mentioned some great macauley hits. 
now, to the task off getting back up again...

gold: 'sweet soul music'
- spotlight on loo rolls,  now...'
adolescent toilet humour flashback...
this chugs along just as fine as it ever did.
as fab as it ever was.
totally hookining.
oh, the memories...
can't say much more.

silver: 'soul searchin''
- at least one solomon burke gig ranks highly in my alltime list of live experiences.
15 years back at the royal albert hall.
a double bill with van morrison.
the 'don't give up on me' album had been released - including a couple of van m songs)
a big band, all showbiz glitz and immaculate playing.
burke singing like a god,
captivating the audience
(i do seem to remember a misjudged comment about backing us troops in iraq,
which rightly got booed -but best to draw a veil over that...),
oozing a showbiz soul exterior and true, true interior soul.
sat up there onstage wrapped in a scarlet cloak on a giant throne,
handing out longstem roses to a queue of acolytes queuing up the aisle to receive communion.
that queue included ashley.
the trip home, including the train back to brighton,
was memorable as you caught a glimpse of a red rose spattered amongst the crowds.
the hoped for duet with van never happened,
but (or maybe because) solomon burke blew van morrison away onstage that night!
oh- the record...
yes, he performed this number, from that new album.
and it was faaab.
this recording is faaab, too.
preferable to bw's recording, to me.
just a tad too polished to sit above my number one this week.

bronze: 'soul sacrifice'
- 'keep that going...'.
well, yes, they did.
not bad.
not bad at all.
a huge impact at the time.
couldn't decide 'til now,
in the sunday sunshine after week of sunny sunshine.
i love hammond organ when it leaps to the fore and reigns.
this pours, but doesn't reign.
i love a good percussive thrashing.
but this outstay its welcome, really.
i love squealing guitar.
but this is more pipsqueak than squeal.
carlos trips out easy.
too easy, not really fulfilling potential.
a murky repetitiveness drags it down this week,
in a week where others say more in less.
on a good day, i'd say this was sustained, controlled playing.
on a sunday morning, at this stage of the week,
i'm more inclined to go with the self indulgence angle...

tin: 'soul sister'
not familiar with this one.
it's got 'soul', of a type,
not much other than in the title,
but it's not soul music.
and it's not that great a song, to be honest.
it wraps itself around the radio / stereo, like to too many other songs,
without standing out in any fashion.
almost makes me think mumford and sons are really really good...

my contributions this week:
a truly stunning example of blue eyed soul:

and pigbag,
a sort of early 80's supergroup bunch of bristol based postpunk players
(too often too shambolic live and imploded after a while, but good vibes)
with a truly stunning example of soul funk:

Darren J. Ray

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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). 

Apparently not, Tom....

From Wiki, re: I Dreamed a Dream:

It quickly became the world's biggest selling album of 2009. The album has sold almost 14 million copies worldwide.
The album entered the UK album chart at number 1 and became the fastest-selling debut album ever in the UK, selling 411,820 copies......The album remained at the top spot for four weeks, becoming the biggest selling album in the UK in 2009. In the U.S., I Dreamed a Dream debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, with 701,000 copies sold in its first week, breaking the record for the highest debut by a new solo female artist.... I Dreamed a Dream became the biggest opening sales week of 2009 in the U.S., beating out Eminem's Relapse which sold 608,000. It was the second-biggest selling album of 2009 in the U.S., with 3.1 million copies sold, right behind Taylor Swift's Fearless at 3.2 million copies. In only six weeks of sales, it became the biggest selling album in the world for 2009.

'Wild Horses' was the lead-off track on the album.

Yeah, I'm sure the writers hated it.

Go, SuBo!

 If a bunch of cannibals caught David Solberg and cooked him, would they be eating "filet of Soul" or just some bland white bread?

Not sure about fictitious cannibals, Tom, but 'Silver Lady' was at #1 on the UK charts for three weeks so obviously a bunch of real people liked it enough to part with their money for it.
paul g adsett

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i quite liked fine young cannibals cover of that kiki dee / reg dwight hit 'don't go eating my heart'...
Darren J. Ray

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Gold - Soul Sacrifice (live) (Santana - 1969)
I'm not a fan of the audio of live performances in comparison to studio recordings, but this didn't have much to beat.

Silver - Soul Searchin' (Solomon Burke - 2002)
Not your usual type of Brian song; nor a record I would usually play.

Bronze - Sweet Soul Music (Arthur Conley - 1967)
I read that Sam Cooke's business partner sued Otis Redding and Conley over appropriation of the melody. The settlement included Cooke's inclusion as a writer. John B let us know what the song was (below). Why was Elmer Bernstein not also credited? There's more than enough of 'The Magnificent Seven' in there to warrant it.

Participant - Hey, Soul Sister (Train - 2009)
Sounds like 'I'm Yours' by Jason Mraz. I did a search and everyone else is saying the same thing. Blatant.

'Don't Give Up on Us' would've gotten my Gold. Again, #1 in the US, the UK and Australia. The people spoke. Plus it's an original tune.

Here's another Soul classic, again written by the great Tony Macauley. #2 in the UK.

Darren J. Ray

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Tom, apologies are in order.

My computer crashed on Tuesday so my internet time has been very limited this past week.

As a consequence, I've only been able to post the three Soul classics thus far.

Oh, well. Quality, not quantity.

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I agree with bonnie, "A lot of really nice music coming through this week." I used to watch Soul Train on TV.
I've only skimmed, but noted a lot of groups that immediately came to mind have been posted already. I don't think I saw these guys yet:

I missed the three times this version of Soul Searchin' was used before. How did I do that?
Gold -Soul Searchin' - I really liked this version.
Silver - Soul Sacrifice - a memorable classic
Bronze - Sweet Soul Music - a memorable hit
Tin - Hey, Soul Sister - no Soul Train here.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love,
No, not just for some but for everyone.”

Larry Franz

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A few on the subject of love from the woman known as the Queen of Soul.

Aretha Franklin

"Do Right Woman, Do Right Man"

"Baby I Love You"

"Ain't No Way"

Tom Tobben

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Thanks to our latest voters and commenters: Lisa, paul, Darren, Deb, and Larry!

Lisa, nice adds with the additional classic soul singers. Early Hall & Oates definitely had that blue-eyed soul vibe. And Bill Withers and the Rev. Al Green were the real deal in the 70s, each with a number of fine soul hits.

paul, fascinating to read about your concert experience with Solomon Burke outshining Van the Man. Must have been a great concert, getting to see those two together. I also agree with you that Solomon Burke's powerful soul version of "Soul Searchin'" is more impactful than Brian and Carl's lovely version. And I have to agree with you and others that Train's entry this week does not really fit well into the soul music genre (sort of like one other pop artist who keeps getting repeated this week). Those Bonzos are something else, aren't they.

Darren, who do you suppose is the better soul singer -- David Soul or Susan Boyle? Pure pop for now people? (with apologies to Nick Lowe)

Deb, good call with Ike & Tina Turner, and with that powerful song! This is the third time that Solomon Burke's version of Brian's "Soul Searchin'' has been used in a battle here. Al first used it some years ago, then I used it a couple years ago as part of a "Brian Wilson Under the Covers" battle. 

Larry, more good adds from Lady Soul! She's the queen of them all!
Lady Soul - Aretha Franklin.png 
As for my own votes this week:

Gold -- "Soul Sacrifice", Santana. Powerful song and powerful live performance that blends multiple genres into some distinctive new music. Impactful interplay between the guitars, percussion, and keyboards. Music that stretched and blended the traditional boundaries of its time. 

Silver -- "Sweet Soul Music", Arthur Conley. Just missed being my gold pick. Epitomizes the Memphis soul sound, especially with those powerful Memphis horns. And a much improved adaptation of the more basic and less exciting earlier song by Sam Cooke, as is true with a number of songs that have been adapted and updated into better new songs. 

Bronze -- "Soul Searchin'", Solomon Burke. What a powerful and emotive soul singer over many years. He takes Brian's compelling original song and raises it to an even higher level by giving it a dynamic soul music interpretation with such feeling.

Tin -- "Hey, Soul Sister", Train. This was a major #1 international hit, but it is also one that uses the word "soul" in the song without really creating a soul music vibe. As several others here have mentioned this week, most people would not consider this to be "soul" music. Further, this song never even dented the R&B music charts. Same is true for light pop singers David "Soul" and Susan Boyle. 

Let's funk it up a bit, with a few other famous artists who stretched the boundaries of traditional soul music:

Here's one of his biggest hits, "I Got You (I Feel Good)", by the Godfather of Soul, James Brown:

Artists like Jimi Hendrix, the Chambers Brothers, Sly & The Family Stone, and the early 70s Temptations  introduced us to "psychedelic soul". Here's the Chambers Brothers classic, "Time Has Come Today" and Jimi's version of "Hey Joe":

And George Clinton's Parliament tore the roof of the sucker with this major funk classic "Give Up The Funk":

Finally, before their songs became more traditionally pop/soul oriented, "Jungle Boogie" was an early funk hit by Kool & The Gang:

Voting ends tonight at midnight US Central time. Thus, please submit any remaining votes, comments, and soul artists/songs over the next six hours or so. I'll post the final results on Monday morning US time. 

Popeye (not the sailor)

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My soulful votes:

Gold: Soul Searching - Solomon Burke did a great job on this song in his own unique and soulful way.

Silver: Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley - I thought this was Sam Cooke back in the day.

Bronze: Soul Sacrifice - Santana - Sometimes Santana can get a little long winded.

Tin: Hey, Soul Sister - Train

A soulful song from a couple soulful dudes.

Always liked this soulful band.

Thanks Tom!
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