SHADES OF SOUL X ARTFORM RADIO FEB 2020

Here’s my most recent outing on Artform Radio/WorldWide FM. You’ll have to excuse the few seconds of silence preceding song #2 (Jamila Woods). Warped records = ugh.

Tracklisting:

Les Mogol: Sunset in Golden Horn Jamila Woods: Betty Truthettes: So Good to be Alive (Teddy Pendergrass) Ciel Miner: Stardust (Philadelphia) King Nando: Where Is My Future? Jimmy Heath: Smilin Billy Delfonics: He Don’t Really Love You La Zara and the Dominants: Didn’t I Irma Thomas: Hitting On Nothing Breakers Two: I’m Gonna Get Down Flame and the Sons of Darkness: Something Gal Costa: Baby Andrew Oldham Orchestra: The Last […]

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INTRODUCING SOUL SIDES VOL. 3

Soul Sides Vol. 3 (2014) by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

The idea behind Soul Sides Vol. 3, of course, goes back to the first two volumes but the inspiration to finally get around to putting one together is really owed to an old KALX acquaintance, Marin Moran. A few months back, she had sent me a message, apropos of nothing, about how much she still enjoyed listening to Vol. 1. To be honest, I was surprised that people still […]

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2013 REWIND PT. 2 (DISCOVERIES)

Shades of Soul, EP 1.7 – 1.8: The Best of 2013 by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

My last Shades of Soul show covered my favorite recordings of 2013 and the second hour, beginning right around the 1:00 mark, focuses on the older songs I discovered this year. I won’t go into every song on there but I did want to highlight my absolute favorites.

Rewind2013

1:02:30
Brenton Wood: Oogum Boogum […]

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SINGLE SERVINGS: THE FAB FESTIVALS TAKE ON TYRONE

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Los Fabulosos Festivals: Can I Change My Mind?
From 7″ (Onda Nueva, 1970)

I first posted this song over four years ago; it was left off (I think) the Panama 3 comp by Soundway and the compiler, Beto, was kind enough to share a copy of the song with me. Four years later and I couldn’t help but throw down to buy one of the scarce copies to come available (not the least of which, a really clean one).

It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of […]

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CALL TYRONE


Eli Wilson & Jeremy Aregood: Can I Change My Mind?
From digital single (2012)

This version of Tyrone Davis’s classic comes from the production/singer duo of Eli Wilson and Jeremy Aregood. I have to admit, I was slightly skeptical at first but where the song really came together was around :55, when the the main melody comes in on keys. This definitely has a “classic era D’Angelo” vibe to it, especially in how stripped down the arrangement is; throw in those funky electric keys and you get a smooth little modern take on an old […]

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TYRONE DAVIS: CAN’T KEEP THIS GOOD MAN DOWN


Tyrone Davis: Knock On Wood
Can’t Keep a Good Man Down
Can I Change My Mind
From Can I Change My Mind? (Dakar, 1969)

Late pass. Yeah, I know, I should have posted about this album years ago, especially since its title track is a favorite. But truth be told…I never owned the album; just had the 7″.

And no doubt, the title track is delicious but the LP is no one-tracker. For starters, the version of “Knock On Wood” is a rather radical departure from Eddie Floyd’s original 1 Instead […]

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THE BLUE NOTES: AFRO-CARIBBEAN SOUL

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The Blue Notes: Fever
Quando Quando
Can I Change My Mind
From Moving Up With (Proctor and Blue, 196?)

Picked this one up from Good Records in NYC when I was out East the other week. Given that one style of West Indies music – steel drum – can be real hit and miss, I wasn’t sure if the Blue Notes were going to deliver on the promise of their tracklisting but the moment I threw it on and started listening, I realized – whoa, real deal!

Though […]

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YOU GOT QUESTIONS?


Vicki Anderson: Answer to Mother Popcorn
From 7″ (King, 1969). Also on Mother Popcorn

Bobo Mr. Soul: Answer to the Want Ads
From 7″ (Ovide, 1971)

Joyce Jones: Help Me Make Up My Mind
From 7″ (ATCO, 1969). Also on What It Is!.

Jeanne and the Darlings: Soul Girl
From 7″ (Stax, 1968). Also on The Complete Stax/Volt Vol. 2.

By sheer coincidence, besides that Willie West 7″, I also picked up two different “answer” singles at Records L.A. last week. As the name suggests, they are meant to follow-up on other (almost always, far […]

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FOLLOW-UPS


(Pure) Essence: Third Rock
From WEBN Album Project #2 (Circle Communications, 1977). Also on the Pure Essence 12″.

Four Tops: Still Water (Love)
From Still Waters Run Deep (Motown, 1970)

Los Fabulosos Festivals: Can I Change My Mind?
From 7″ (?, 1970)

Hot off on the tail of the Pure Essence post, I just got in the only other song that Cincinnati group ever recorded: “Third Rock.” You can hear how similar the vibe is between the two songs; pity they never recorded more given how great their funk sound was. This appears on the second volume […]

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BY REQUEST: TYRONE DAVIS


Tyrone Davis: Can I Change My Mind?
From Can I Change My Mind? (Dakar, 1969)

Alton Ellis: Can I Change My Mind
From 7″ (Studio One, 1970). Also on I’m Still In Love With You

Tyrone Davis: Let Me Back In
From Turn Back the Hands of Time (Dakar, 1970)

Jesse Anderson: Let Me Back In
From 7″ (Curtom, 1970). Also on The Curtom Story.

Tyrone Davis: A Woman Needs To Be Loved
From Can I Change My Mind? (Dakar, 1969)

I’m definitely not that well-versed in Tyrone […]

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