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. ↩
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