GLORIA JONES: TOO MUCH TAINT?

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Gloria Jones: Tainted Love (All-Nighter Mix) (Inferno, 1982, 12″)

Can one have too much of a good thing? I picked this 12″ back when I didn’t own Jones’s original 7″ yet and at the time I figured, “hey, everyone loves this song but the original is so short, why not extend it to nearly five minutes?”

Then I started to play it out aaaaaaand maybe it runs just a bit long. You can only lead a crowd through that chorus so many times before you start to feel the itch to mix in some Supremes. Maybe?

AMERIE: BREAKING AWAY

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Amerie: Love’s Off the Chain (2005, 12″)

Was randomly flipping through some tracks and had totally forgotten about this unreleased (and then bootlegged) track by Amerie, produced by Rich Harrison (what happened to that dude?). Definitely feels similar to the formula that made “1 Thing” such a banger. Love what Harrison does with the horns on this one.

365 Days of Soul, #139

REQUIEM FOR A KING

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(image by the (literally) illustrious John Jennings)

B.B. King passed away yesterday.

I’ll leave it to my betters to properly eulogize him but my man Joe Schloss reminded me about one of King’s best lines ever (executed here to funky perfection by Johnny Holiday):

SSO: GETTING FADED

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SSO: Faded Lady (RKM, 197?, Disco Soul Roots)

I never want to reduce a song to just its sample use but “Faded Lady” is put to such major effect on Diamond’s “I Went For Mine,” that it’s hard not to always think of the latter when you pump the former.

I’ve heard the players with SSO were also behind Nico Gomez, the Chakachas and a slew of other Dutch groups of the ’70s. Don’t know if that’s true but it does make sense given how damn groovy all those groups got.

365 Days of Soul, #138

THE TURKS: OFF AND ON

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The Turks: You Turn Me On (DJO, 196?, 7″)

“Like the sunshine/turns on the heat/you turn me on.”

Pretty much why I copped this.

365 Days of Soul, #137