THE EXCITERS AND MARGIE JOSEPH: DEEPER AND DEEPER


The Exciters: Yo, Que Nada Tengo + Let Your Self Go
From S/T (Tamayo, late ’60s?)

Margie Joseph: I Can’t Move No Mountains + The Same Love That Made Me Laugh
From Margie (Atlantic, 1975)

I was thinking of something Murphy’s Law wrote a few weeks back: “THE DEEPER YOU GET, THE DEEPER THE MUSIC GET. There is more ill music out there than you and I can wrap our sorry little heads around.”

To me, the second statement actually refutes the former because really, there’s an incredibly, unfathomable amount of “ill […]

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CLASSIC MATERIAL

Erykah Badu: Honey

(thanks to HHH)

3 QUEENS



Candi Staton: Too Hurt To Cry
From Stand By Your Man (Fame, 1971). Also on Candi Staton: The Fame Years.

Holly Golightly: My Love Is
From Slowly But Surely (Damaged Goods/Revolver, 2004)

Amy Winehouse: Love Is A Losing Game (Truth and Soul Remix)
From 12″ (Universal, 2007)

*This is my first post that will be cross-posted over at Captain’s Crate as part of our Soul Crates experiment in content sharing.

I talked about Candi Staton’s Fame output the other month and that got me back into listening more of her songs and came upon […]

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EIGHT IS ENOUGH


Ben Westbeech: So Good Today
From Welcome to the Best Days Of Your Life (Brownswood, 2007)

Candi Staton: I’m Just a Prisoner
From I’m Just a Prisoner (Fame, 1970). Also on Candi Staton: The Early Years.

Timmy NcNealy: I Am So Glad You’re Mine (snippet)
From 7″ (Shawn/Truth and Soul, 1972/2007)

Hank Ballard: With Your Sweet, Lovin’ Self
From 7″ (King, 1969)

Bronx River Parkway and Candela All-Stars: Aqua Con Sal (snippet)
From 7″ (From Truth and Soul, 2007)

The Three Souls: Herby’s Tune
From 7″ (All-Indy, 196?)

Donny Hathaway: Lord Help Me
From 7″ (ATCO, 1972) […]

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BACK FROM THE EL REY


First of all, thanks to everyone who came out and said “hi” to me this evening. I was genuinely touched by all the love. I don’t do this for props (but props are nice!)

Second all, standing ovation for Sharon Jones and the Dap-kings for putting on a hellafied show that exceeded expectations. Part of me does kind of wish I could go back to the last time I saw them – at the tiny Elbo Room in S.F. – but seeing them rock a sold out El Rey was outstanding in its own way too. […]

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SHARON JONES ON FRESH AIR

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings were on Fresh Air the other day. About time!

The show at the El Rey is sold out so I hope L.A. folks got their tickets. I’ll be spinning from 8 to 10pm that evening, all soul (maybe a little Latin too). Should be fun.

In honor, here’s one cut from Sharon Jones’ “distant” past. It was originally released on the Desco label, back in the late ’90s (when Desco disbanded, Daptones rose to fill its place, featuring many of the same, key personnel). It’s a testament to the quality […]

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: Long Time Coming


Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: Answer Me
From 100 Days, 100 Nights (Daptone, 2007)

I know – I’m a little late compared to all the other sites who’ve written about the album but hey, I was too busy writing about the group for the L.A. Times.

I don’t have much to add to that, especially since I’ve written a lot about Sharon and the Dap-Kings over the last year. I’ll add this:

1) I hope they have a fantastic night tonight at the Apollo. Sold out, if I’m not mistaken!

2) The […]

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ART OF THE COMP


Rita Wright: Touch Me, Take Me
From 7″ (Jet, 1976)

Soul Survivors: City of Brotherly Love
From S/T (TSOP, 1975)

Both from The Wants List.

Masterplan: Clinton Park
From 7″ (De-Lite, 1974)

Sly, Slick and Wicked: Sho’ Nuff
From 7″ (People, 1973)

Both from Soulful Thangs Vol. 1.

San Francisco TKOs: Ooh Baby Baby
From 7″ (Golden Soul, 1971)

Emulations: These Are the Things (snippet)
From 7″ (Emulate, 1970s)

Both from Big Bad Bay Area Vol. 1.

It’s not easy to put together a good compilation (believe me!) since […]

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Jackson 5 + Inell Young: Olde Soul

Jackson 5: Big Boy
From 7″ (Steeltown, 1968). Also available on First Recordings.

Inell Young: What Do You See In Her
From 7″ (Libra, 196?).

The gig at the Casanova Lounge (aka the Bay Area SSV2 party) was proper. Thanks to my old friends Vinnie Esparza and Josh Bea for the invite.

Turnout was solid and I met quite a few cool Soul Siders, including a DJ from Dalva who walked down the block – during his own gig – to say hi and buy an LP. I’m seriously appreciative of that kind of […]

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Renee Geyer: Soul Down Under



Renee Geyer: Do Right Man
From Renee Geyer (RCA, 1973)

Renee Geyer: Do Your Thing
From It’s a Man’s, Man’s World (RCA, 1974)

I first came upon Geyer through her 1976 live album, Really Really Love You. I was taken by how this Australian chanteuse would not only cover a lesser-known Johnny “Guitar” Watson song, but would do it convincingly as a blue-eyed soul singer somewhere between the light touch of Dusty Springfield and heavy edge of Janis Joplin. Maybe it’s something in the water but Geyer clearly had an affinity for Black soul […]

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