ALICE SMITH STYLES ON CEE-LO

No disrespect to Cee-lo and his original, but Smith smashes this cover. Now if only she’d cover the “other” “Fool For You.”

BETTY WRIGHT: BEST FOOT FORWARD


Confession: I continually sleep on Betty Wright. She has such a deep catalog but I’ve been hella lazy in exploring it and given the quality of it, that’s rather embarrassing. The upside though is that, even after all this time, I can be surprised anew by her material. Case in point, I finally copped My First Time Around, her debut LP, which was recorded when she was 14, which is crazy to me. I mean, listen to this and tell me that she sounds like she’s 14:

Betty Wright: Girls Can’t Do What Guys Can Do
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DUSTY SPRINGFIELD: NO CRUMBS

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Dusty Springfield: Crumbs Off the Table
Girls Can’t Do What Guys Can Do
From See All Her Faces (Philips, 1972). Also on Dusty In London.

I have an inexplicable habit of constantly under-regarding Dusty’s catalog…it’s as if every time I discover a cool new track by her I try to remind myself, “this is Dusty Springfield. She’s only one of the greatest soul artists in UK history. She probably has more stuff worth checking for.” But inevitable, I forget this small little point. This LP is just the latest reminder […]

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GIVEAWAY: LOVE APPLE

The only downside to Numero Group is that they put out too much damn music!1 Just as I’m trying to catch up with the excellence that was their Boddie set, I’m now trying to stay atop of their upcoming Lou Ragland and Red, Black and Green Productions releases respectively and their dropping limited edition vinyl exclusives by gospel singer Shirley Ann Lee and the one I’m most jazzed about: this Boddie-vault rescue by the girl group, Love Apple.

Love Apple: What Will Tomorrow Bring?
From S/T (Numero Group, 2012)

The sound quality isn’t the […]

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ETTA JAMES: AN APPRECIATION

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Etta James was a singer who I always enjoyed on the periphery…in other words, I never made a concerted effort to really get that deep into her catalog but I understand, on a very basic level, that this was a Very Important Artist and not just because she sang one of the very best ballads ever sung in the history of people singing ballads. 1

So for this appreciation, I’m not going to try to pull off some “Etta James’s most important songs” post because I simply can’t claim to know this. […]

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2010 REVIEW (FROM THE BINS)


There are other songs that could have made this list but I really went with those songs that, at the end of the year, I still enjoyed as much as when I first heard ’em. Interesting trends I noticed in my listening taste as a result of putting this playlist together: gospel was obviously big for me this year, reggae was not, and despite a wealth of Latin, only a few songs really stayed with me. As always, soul was huge but not so much funk. Jazz was totally shut out. We’ll have to see what […]

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GUEST SET: MELTING POT 11/14/10

I sat in for Michael Barnes on KPFK’s Melting Pot today. Included a few tracks I’ve had up here of late but a lot you haven’t heard from me yet. Enjoy!

The Melting Pot, 11-14-10

Quantic: Cumbia De Dilla
The East St. Louis Gospelettes: Have Mercy On Me
Kanye West: Devil in a New Dress
The Whatnauts: I’ll Erase the Pain
Golden Harmonettes: I Do Love You
Syl Johnson: Try Me (LP Version)
Syl Johnson: All I Need Is Someone Like You
Syl Johnson: Soul Heaven (All from The Complete […]

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HEY LADIES


The Flirtations: Nothing But a Heartache
From 7″ (Deram, 1969). Also on S/T.

Betty Moorer: Speed Up
From 7″ (Wand, 1967)

Viola Wills: Sweetback
From 7″ (Supreme, 1971)

Full Speed: It Must Be Love
From 7″ (Real Thing, 197x)

In just the last few weeks, I’ve been able to knock down a few singles that I’ve been hankering after for a while and coincidentally, all of them are by female artists.

The Flirtations’ incredible “Nothing But a Heartache” was introduced to me by Murphy’s Law and I was completely […]

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TRYING TO SPEED UP

I know this summer has not been as bountiful with posts as you (or I) would like; things have just been crazy busy with everything else. Just hold tight with me and in the meantime, enjoy this track above which is one of my recent acquisitions; I’ll be doing a formal post soon, promise!

Oh, and speaking of to-do post, I had been meaning to write about these two LPs for the longest time but hey, Franko saved me the trouble. Excellent!

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Mary Jane Hooper: Don’t Change Nothing
I Feel a Hurt
From Psychedelphia (Funky Delicacies, 1997)

I was recently working on a 3 hour, NOLA-inspired consignment mix and it gave me a wonderful excuse to revisit all sorts of tunes, especially the slim but memorable catalog of Mary Jane Hooper, one of the best female vocalists to come out of the Crescent City. Hooper’s “I’ve Got Reasons” was one of the few releases she enjoyed back in the day but in the late ’90s, a mess of her unreleased material finally made […]

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