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

NICO GOMEZ: SI SI SI

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Nico Gomez: La Lupita (Omega Int’l, 1971, Ritual)

I know I just shared another Perez Prado cover but for real, is there anything better than this? Ritual wasn’t the only Dutch funk LP out there but it may very well have been the best and this track goes a long way in making that case.

365 Days of Soul, #119