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

SALSOUL ORCHESTRA: STRIKE A POSE

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Salsoul Orchestra: Ooh, I Love It (Love Break) (Salsoul, 1975, 12″)

It wasn’t until I read this Shep Pettibone interview that I realized that “Vogue” was basically built around an interpolation of this Salsoul Orchestra 12″. I love that Shep was able to revisit his own production history to help mint one of his (and Madonna’s) biggest hits.

365 Days of Soul, #161

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.

365 Days of Soul, #160

S.O.U.L.: AIN’T GONNA LET YOU DOWN

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S.O.U.L.: This Time Around (Musicor, 1973, 7″)

S.O.U.L. is best known for their two LP s in the early ’70s but this single was, far as I can tell, a 7″-only release from a couple years after. Very solid crossover on the A-side but I especially love the slow(er) jam on the flip.

365 Days of Soul, #159

LES FANTASISTES D’HAITI: IPNOZ

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Les Fantasistes D’Haiti: Panno Caye Nan Bois Chene (Celini, 196?, S/T)

Hypnotic spiritual jazz-esque biguine track out of Haiti. Vocalist Ansy Derose sounds amazing here. More info on the group here.

365 Days of Soul, #158