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

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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

SUNNY AND THE SUNLINERS: SO SLY

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Sunny and the Sunliners: Dance to the Music (Key-Loc, 197?, Sky High)

Decided to go with back-to-back Sly and the Family Stone covers, this one from San Antonio’s finest. Fairly loyal cover all said but man could the Sunliners cook (the drummer goes in the kill shot early!)

365 Days of Soul, #118

KERRIE BIDDEL: DOWN UNDER SCREAMS

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Kerrie Biddel: Sing a Simple Song (Bootleg, 1973, S/T)

Best version of this classic? Naw.1 Pretty good, all the same, least of all from Australia? Yup. (Those high notes tho).

365 Days of Soul, #117

The best version isn’t even a real cover…it’s Tina and Ike ripping off the riff. But fiercely. ↩

LOS DESTELLOS: LA BAMBA’S TRAVELS

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Los Destellos: La Bamba (Odeon, 1976, Ojos Azules)

Just so you can follow…a Mexican American song, influenced by the musical traditions of Veracruz, Mexico, gets covered by a Peruvian surf rock band. I like that.

365 Days of Soul, #116