Fania All Stars (Joe Bataan and La La): If This World Were Mine
From Live at the Red Garter Vol. 2 (Fania, 1972)
There’s something quite enjoyable about finding surprises within your own collection. True, maybe you should have caught them the first time but in the end, you end up with a great new song that you didn’t even need to go track down.
Case in point: I’ve had this Fania All Stars LP for ages but I never realized […]
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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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 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 (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: 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. ↩