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Covered With Soul Vol. 10

February 8th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

We reach a decade of Covered With Soul mixes with interpretations of songs better known in versions by the Mamas and the Papas, Rolling Stones, Randy Newman,  The Righteous Brothers, Brook Benton, Ben E King (or Shirley Bassey), Barbra Streisand, Dionne Warwick, The Shirelles, Frankie Laine, Frankie Valli, Jimmy Cliff, Blood Sweat & Tears, Bob Dylan, Chicken Shack (or the late Etta James),  Kris Kristofferson,  Gil Scott-Heron, Carpenters, Doobie Brothers, Bread and Abba.

Even if you are a casual observer of soul music, you will know at least one voice here among the lesser known singers: Dorothy Morrison. She was the lead voice on Oh Happy Day, the mammoth hit for the Edwin Hawkins Singers. A superior singer, Morrison never hit the big time as a solo artist – she had one Top 100 hit in 1970 with All God’s Children Got Soul –  though she was much in demand as a backing singer with acts like Boz Scaggs and Rita Coolidge, and continues to perform as a gospel artist. In 1970 she backed Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell at the Big Sur Folk Festival, which yielded the Celebration album, from which Merry Clayton’s version of Dylan’s The Times They Are A-Changin’ comes. Clayton will, of course, always be associated with the Rolling Stones for her spine-tingling vocals on Gimme Shelter (her solo version of the song featured on Covered With Soul Vol. 1). A Stones song is also represented in this mix: Labelle’s fantastic take on Wild Horses, which might actually eclipse both the Rolling Stones and the Flying Burrito Brothers’ version, which was released before that by the Stones.

Tommy Hunt features here covering Kris Kristofferson in 1976. He had a mammoth hit some two decades earlier, as a member of The Flamingos with I Only Have Eyes For You. We have also met him in The Originals as the first performer of Bacharach/David’s I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (see The Originals 36). Even at 78, Hunt remains very active in show business, as his website  proves.

 TRACKLISTING
1. Vessie Simmons – Dedicated To The One I Love (1971)
2. Labelle – Wild Horses (1971)
3. Maxine Weldon – I Think It’s Going To Rain Today (1971)
4. Vivian Reed – You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling (1970)
5. Hearts Of Stone – Rainy Night In Georgia (1971)
6. Dee Dee Warwick – I Who Have Nothing (1969)
7. Melba Moore – People (1971)
8. Gladys Knight & The Pips – Theme From Valley of the Dolls (1968)
9. Cissy Houston – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (1972)
10. The Ebonys – I Believe (1973)
11. The Manhattans – Can’t Take My Eyes Off You (1970)
12. Martha Reeves – Many Rivers To Cross (1974)
13. Dorothy Morrison – Hi De Ho (That Old Sweet Roll) (1970)
14. Merry Clayton – The Times They Are A Changin’ (Live) (1970)
15. Margie Joseph – I’d Rather Go Blind (1973)
16. Tommy Hunt – Help Me Make It Thru The Night (1976)
17. Esther Phillips – Home Is Where The Hatred Is (1972)
18. Jimmy ‘Bo’ Horne – They Long To Be Close To You (1979)
19. Candi Staton – Listen To The Music (1977)
20. The Whispers – Make It With You (1977)
21. Carol Douglas – Dancing Queen (1977)

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  1. bostig
    February 8th, 2012 at 08:56 | #1

    Hi there,

    A large thank you. Your compilations are very interesting.

  2. Trod
    February 8th, 2012 at 16:57 | #2

    You have a real knack for making great comps. Thanks.

  3. zoundminer
    February 29th, 2012 at 13:04 | #3

    Hi there! Great blog dude! Just came across… Just wondering, because the most mixes in this series give me an invalid link if you could help download them… Thanks in advance and keep up.

  4. halfhearteddude
    February 29th, 2012 at 16:54 | #4

    Hi zoundminer; glad you like the blog. Many links are down because Mediafire closed my account. I’m reupping most mixes. Give me a few days, and try again. If there are any you desperately need, let me know (comment in the post; I’ll see that) and I’ll put them ahead in the queue.

  5. zoundminer
    February 29th, 2012 at 18:52 | #5

    Can’t wait for them! It’s not something special (well… not yet… :P) so it’s ok. Keep up mate!

  6. halfhearteddude
    February 29th, 2012 at 22:28 | #6

    Well, the Covered With Soul collection is first to go up, along wth the country history mixes. Probably by tomorrow (Thursday) evening.

  7. March 5th, 2012 at 01:36 | #7

    I just happened to find your blog GOOGLEing Maxine Weldon. This is fascinating reading, that as a Jazz devotee, probably would never have found ordinarily.

    It’s good that those of us who have a passion for a particular genre of music, take it upon themselves to document the history, or never let the history be forgotten.

    I’ll pass your blog around.

    ..on Maxine; Too bad her LPs were never remastered and released on CD. I’m in the process of making that happen for me!

  8. halfhearteddude
    March 5th, 2012 at 07:08 | #8

    Thanks Ben. I do like your photography; I’ll be linking to your blog.

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