Donovan Carless: Be Thankful For What You Got
From 7″ (Impact, 1972)

Jack Willkins: Red Clay
From Windows (Mainstream, 1973)

A pair of covers today. The first is Donovan Carless’ beautiful reggae version of William DeVaughn’s soul classic “Be Thankful For What You Got.” Plugola: this is off my Deep Covers CD (cop it!) but I’m sharing it with ya’ll because it’s just so sublime. Loooooove this song and this version of it.

Second is guitarist Jack Wilkins take on Freddie Hubbard’s hit “Red Clay,” taken from Wilkins’ strangely scarce Windows album on Mainstream. I’ve always liked this Hubbard tune – the bassline is so memorable and funky in an understated way. Wilkins is pretty loyal actually…at some later point, I’ll have to remember to post up Mark Murphy’s vocalese version of “Red Clay.” For now, hope you all enjoy these two songs.

Speaking of good covers, The Suburbs Are Killing Us is currently offering Val Bennett’s “The Russians Are Coming,” a fantastic rocksteady version of Dave Brubeck’s classic “Take Five.” Peep.