THE CAPRELLS, JO ANN GARRETT, EL MICHAELS AFFAIR: WALKING ON BY



The Caprells: Walk On By
From 7″ (Bano, 196?)

Jo Ann Garrett: Walk On By
From Just a Taste (Chess, 1969)

El Michaels Affair: Walk On By
From Rewind 5 (Ubiquity, 2006)

It’s funny, I had been planning on doing a Burt Bacharach covers post sooner or later, decided to just focus on “Walk On By” (maybe I’ll do a “Look of Love” post later) but then realized: damn, he wrote “Baby, It’s You” too. Just goes to show you: Bacharach is one of the greatest living American songwriters, hands down.

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JACKIE MCLEAN: HIS TIME


Jackie McLean: Soul
From ‘Bout Soul (Blue Note, 1967)

Lee Morgan: Cornbread
From Cornbread (Blue Note, 1965)

Freddie Redd: Wigglin
From Music From The Connection (Blue Note, 1960)

Jackie McLean: Hootman
From Action (Blue Note, 1964)

(Editor’s Note: This post originally came several weeks ago but due to technical problems – on my end – and the fact that I’ve been on the road so much, I wasn’t able to get it up until now. This tribute to the late, great Jackie McLean, comes to us from David A. Jaffe. Much thanks for […]

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ROMANO MUSSOLINI + JOE BATAAN: GRAB BAG


Romano Mussolini Trio: Hong-Kong
From Mirage (PDU, 1974)

Joe Bataan: This Boy
From Sweet Soul (Fania, 1972)
While flying back fro Seattle and reading this month’s Atlantic Monthly, I read that Romano Mussolini died. For those unaware, Mussolini was an Italian pianist and a well-respected jazz musician in that country. He was also the song of Benito Mussolni. Aka the dictator who joined forces with Hitler during WWII and was subsequently caught and hanged. It’s an interesting backstory for Romano, to be sure, but his music speaks for itself regardless of the surname. Mussolini was […]

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IMPALAVILLE + SOUL BOULDERS: GOOD FOR THE SOUL


Johnny Paycheck: Impalaville (sampler)*
From Impalaville (Good Records, 2006)

DJs Matthew Africa + B. Cause: Soul Boulders (sampler)*
From Soul Boulders (2006)

I’m going to let you in on the realness: I’m tired of super fried funk. I mean, I like some good gutbucket, Friday night sweat box funk 45s as much as the next guy but it’s not what I need right now. I need something sweet and soulful that will relax my mind and heart in these here times.

You need it too. Really, you do. And thus, you need both Soul […]

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ON THE ROAD AGAIN



The Diplomats: I’ve Got the Kind of Love
From 7″ (Dynamo, 196?). Also on Greatest Recordings.

Gayle McCormick: You Really Got a Hold On Me
From S/T (Dunhill, 1971)

Joe Williams: Sad Song
From Joe Williams Live (Fantasy, 1973)

Mickey and the Soul Generation: Iron Leg
From 7″ (Maxwell, 1969). Also available on Iron Leg.

I’ve been on the road lately – in the last three weeks, I’ve been to L.A., N.Y.C., Yellow Springs (Ohio), Minneapolis and Denver/Boulder. If you’re curious why, peep. I haven’t always taken full advantage of my travel schedule to […]

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O.V. WRIGHT: AT THE NUCLEUS OF SOUL


Sunset Travelers: On Jesus Program
From On Jesus Program (Peacock, 1965)

O.V. Wright: 8 Men and 4 Women
From 8 Men and 4 Women (Back Beat, 1968)

O.V. Wright: A Nickel and a Nail
From A Nickel and a Nail (Back Beat, 1971)

O.V. Wright: We’re Still Together
From We’re Still Together (Hi, 1979)

(Ed. The following post comes to us from Soul Sides reader Manu from France. Yeah, we continental like that.)

I can’t remember the very first time I heard about O.V. Wright but I guess it was either Peter Guralnick’s Sweet Soul Music […]

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THE DEVICS + FEIST: DISTANT RADIOS


The Devics: Distant Radio
From Push the Heart (Filter, 2006)

Feist: One Evening
From Let It Die (Interscope, 2005)

I was recently in Los Angeles while Sharon was attending the Radical Craft Conference in Pasadena. Tasked with occupying Ella for the day, one of my techniques in making sure she was getting her naps in was hitting the road and just driving. Anywhere. Randomly. Which, in L.A. is a rather easy thing to do.

I have a love/love relationship with driving in Los Angeles. Yeah, there’s gridlock. There’s atrocious air pollution. There’s the materialism of equating […]

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NPR’S SONG OF THE DAY

By the way, I’m starting to do posts for NPR’s new Song of the Day column. It’s a cool feature that I think Soul Sides fans would be into. My most recent post was on King Floyd’s “Groove Me,” and before that, it was Darondo’s “Didn’t I.”

Also, I saw over at Elliot Wilson’s new XXL blog that he broke down EVERY SAMPLE on the new Ghostface CD. And people think I go overboard… Btw, that Dells song is dumb hot. (Thanks for the shout, YN)

GHOSTFACE: LIKE BOND IN THE OCTAGON


Ghostface Killah: The Sun
Deleted from Bulletproof Wallets (Epic, 2001). Also on Put It On the Line

Ghostface Killah: The Champ (original version)
Revised version on Fishscale (Def Jam, 2006)

Forget Nas – Ghostface has enough “lost tapes” songs to fill a box-set. You got to give him and his producers credit for favoring tasty loops and samples but negatory on his label’s ability to shell out the money to actually license the loops. That’s left dozens of tracks by the wayside, only to end up on things like J-Love’s excellent Hidden Darts CD series or […]

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BUY MY CD: SOUL SIDES VOL. 1


It’s Here!.

Soul Sides Vol. 1 is finally here (release parties this past weekend = awesome).

To order, I am strongly recommending you get yours from either:
1) Sandbox Automatic – who host this site. If you want to support Soul Sides, support them.
2) Turntable Lab – who are pretty cool too.

Here’s the deal: I gave both sites an exclusive bonus disc that is unique to them (i.e. each got a different disc) that has 5 bonus songs. I can’t tell you what they are but suffice to say, if you like […]

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