TRU THOUGHTS HAVE YOU COVERED, TOO

Tru Thoughts has exhibited ace taste in their covers compilations. Their newest, Covers 2 came out earlier in the month and the line-up is killer. I’m especially into Quantic and Alice Russell’s take on Leonard Castor’s mid-70s Motown classic:

And the same volume includes this Nirvana cover that my dude Phatrick worked on:

MYRIAM’S QUINTETTE: MERCY/MERCI

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Myriam’s Quintette: Solo Quintette (Syliphone, 1971, Discotheque ’71)

I just got back from my first ever trip to Paris (which was a blast) and while out there, I stopped by two stores: Superfly and Betino’s (both of which are highly recommended). Over the next few posts, I’ll be talking about records brought back from both but I had to start with this song in particular.

I first wrote about this here, back in 2004. It’s from a compilation produced out of Guinea though not all the artists […]

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JUNIOR DELAHAYE: SO MANY REASONS

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Junior Delahaye: I Love You (Wackie’s, 1982, Showcase)

Cool Chris at the Groove Merchant put me up on this one. What’s not to like about a reggae cover, produced out of the oustanding Wackie’s Studio, covering The Fuzz? Same album also has a solid cover of “Sittin’ In the Park.”

365 Days of Soul, #162

DOUGLAS AND LONERO: LOUNGIN’

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Douglas and Lonero: Right Place, Wrong Time (Haji, 197?, Live at Charley Brown’s)

This album has been described to me as “the best lounge soul album ever.” High praise but not insane; it is an exceptionally good lounge album, filled with all kinds of covers + good stage banter + solid instrumental interludes. It was hard to pull just one track off here but this was one of the first songs in the set and I dig how thunderously funky they go on this Dr. John classic.

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FRIGHTNRS: SOMETHING TOLD ME IT WAS OVER

Frightnrs: I’d Rather Go Blind (Daptone, 2015, 7″)

Pretty cool new single on Daptone. Frightnrs are a NYC-based, dub/roots-influenced band and here they offer up a cover of the Etta James classic. Feeling this.

365 Days of Soul, #156

THE NEW BIRTH: TELL ME WHY, IS IT SO?

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The New Birth: Never Can Say Goodbye (RCA, 1971, Ain’t No Big Thing, But It’s Growing)

I originally picked up this LP for “Honey Bee” but totally forgot that the New Birth do a commendable job here, covering the Jackson 5. Shout out to the late Harvey Fuqua.

365 Days of Soul, #144

GERALD FAULK: WHATEVER YOU DO

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Gerald Faulk and the Return of the Flames: Express Yourself (Lanor, 197?, 7″)

I’m never NOT going to be down for a Louisiana cover of the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band.

365 Days of Soul, #135

ROBERT JOHN: TIPSY OF THE TEQUILA

Compositions

Robert John (Gallo): Tequila (Guinness, 1977, Compositions)

I’m not sure if there are any really great covers of a song that’s so kitsch-associated but Gallo gives it a decent shot…until the main melody drops in. What can you do?

365 Days of Soul, #122

DUTCH RHYTHM AND STEEL SHOW BAND: CAN’T GET ENOUGH

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Dutch Rhythm and Steel Show Band: Funky Stuff (Negram, 1975, Soul, Steel & Show

Hands-down, still one of the best covers albums (and def. one of the best soul/funk steel band albums) of all time. So much heat on here. “Funky Stuff” isn’t even at the top tier but it’s still great.1

365 Days of Soul, #121

“Down By the River” is the best track here, natch. ↩

EDUARDO ARAUJO: REAL MULHER FOR YOU

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Eduardo Araujo: A Mulher (Cold Sweat) (MPB, 1969, A Onda é Boogaloo)

Nowhere near as fiery as the original perhaps but those vibes! And it’s in Portuguese. I put this on Deep Covers 2 after Young Einstein put me up on it and it still rocks.

365 Days of Soul, #120