Twenty Covered With Soul mixes, and still there are some mindblowing tracks. Just check out Thelma Houston doing to Jumpin’ Jack Flash what Mick could only dream of.
Bobby Womack recorded his take on All Along The Watchtower for the 1973 Facts of Life LP, which it closes. About half of the tracks on it are cover versions, which is actually an improvement on previous albums — unless you love, as I do, Womack’s ability to cover any song, be it a crooner’s standard or a psychedelic rock song, and make it his own.
Motown fans are liable to argue the relative merits of Diana Ross vs fellow Supreme Florence Ballard. Diana became a diva megastar, and deservedly so. It takes nothing away from Ross to say that the tragic Florence was the more talented soul singer. After her acrimonious break with Motown, Ballard recorded an album for ABC, which the label did not release (it never has been issued, as far as I know). Instead two singles were issued, both failing to chart. Ballard’s excellent version of Little Anthony & the Imperials ‘s 1964 hit Going Out Of My Head was the b-side to the first of these, the unimpressively produced and not at all promoted It Doesn’t Matter How I Say It (It’s What I Say That Matters).
I love the instrumental break in Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes’ version of Everybody’s Talkin’, with Teddy Pendergrass on vocals. It appeared on a compilation charity album released by Philadelphia International Records titled Let’s Clean Up the Ghetto, produced by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. It also features The Intruders, represented here with a fine interpretation of the Carpenters’ Rainy Days And Mondays.
Also covering the Carpenters is Al Wilson, doing I Won’t Last A Day Without You in a medley with Let Me Be The One. It’s very lovely, though it also makes me want to hear Karen sing the original.
Two songs here have been covered to death: Yesterday and Bridge Over Troubled Water. But the two featured here are worth hearing. Carla Thomas’ version of Yesterday was recorded live on a revue with Booker T & The MG’s, Carla Thomas, Sam & Dave, The Mar-Keys, Eddie Floyd and Otis Redding.
I must confess to not being very enthusiastic about Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell’s cover of Something Stupid. It is included here for the sake of interest rather than on the merit of quality.
I’ve updated links to previous Covered With Soul mixes recently.
As always, this mix will fit on a standard CD-R and includes home-covered covers. PW in comments.
1. Thelma Houston – Jumpin’ Jack Flash (1969)
2. Bobby Womack – All Along The Watchtower (1973)
3. Brothers Unlimited – Spoonful (1970)
4. Bobby Powell – Crazy Love (1973)
5. Randy Crawford – Desperado (1977)
6. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Everybody’s Talkin’ (1977)
7. The Main Ingredient – By The Time I Get To Phoenix/Wichita Lineman (1970)
8. Florence Ballard – Goin’ Out Of My Head (1968)
9. The Dells – One Less Bell To Answer (1971)
10. The Ovations – Hooked On A Feeling (1972)
11. The Intruders – Rainy Days And Mondays (1974)
12. Major Harris – Like A Rolling Stone (1969)
13. Roberta Flack – To Love Somebody (1971)
14. Carla Thomas – Yesterday (Live) (1967)
15. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell – Somethin’ Stupid (1967)
16. Al Wilson – I Won’t Last A Day Without You/Let Me Be The One (1974)
17. Nancy Wilson – Bridge Over Troubled Water (1970)
18. Maxine Weldon – I (Who Have Nothing) (1971)
19. Sharon Cash – Nature Boy (1970)
20. The Deidre Wilson Tabac – Get Back (1970)