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Covered With Soul Vol. 22

It has been more than two years since the last Covered With Soul. This collection draws from a wide range of genres to produce what I think is a pretty smooth flow of good soul music.

Those genres include rock (Come Together), 1960s pop (Windy, You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do) and ’70s pop (Spirit In The Sky, Your Song, Mr Bojangles), folk (Fire And Rain, Where Have All The Flowers Gone, Tin Man), country (For The Good Times, Break It To Me Gently, Misty Blue), and standards (Unforgettable, The Glory Of Love, It’s All In The Game, Fever, even I’ll Build A Stairway To Paradise from the MGM musical An American In Paris) .

And there is a soul version of the Irish song Danny Boy which strips that old chestnut of its accumulated kitsch and gives it a soul treatment which sounds a decade older than its year of release, 1981. It is performed by LV Johnson, who had more success as a songwriter than he did as a recording artist, alas. He died in 1994 at the age of 48.

One country track here may be more famous as a soul number, but not in the featured version. Misty Blue was written for Brenda Lee but became better known in Eddie Arnold’s version. Its biggest success, however, was in the southern soul version by Dorothy Moore, which hit the Top 5s in both the US and UK — three years after it was first recorded. The present version by Joe Simon from 1969 is the missing link. Coincidentally, it was also a minor hit three years after it was first recorded.

As always, CD-R length, home-covered covers, PW in comments.

1. Dorothy Morrison – Spirit In The Sky (1970)
2. Earth Wind & Fire – Where Have All The Flowers Gone (1972)
3. Clydene Jackson – Mr Bojangles (1975)
4. Maxine Weldon – I’ll Build A Stairway To Paradise (1975)
5. The Manhattans – Fever (1974)
6. Brothers Johnson – Come Together (1976)
7. Bobby Womack – Fire And Rain (1971)
8. Isaac Hayes – For The Good Times (1971)
9. Joe Simon – Misty Blue (1969)
10. Al Jarreau – Your Song (1976)
11. Chocolate Milk – Tin Man (1975)
12. Aretha Franklin – Break It To Me Gently (1977)
13. L.V. Johnson – Danny Boy (1981)
14. Eddie Holman – It’s All In The Game (1970)
15. The Dells – The Glory Of Love (1969)
16. Gene Chandler – Unforgettable (1970)
17. Carl Graves – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (1975)
18. Billy Paul – Windy (1970)
19. Vivian Reed – God Bless The Child (1976)
20. Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling (1972)

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  1. halfhearteddude
    July 20th, 2017 at 09:30 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Sjef
    July 20th, 2017 at 22:00 | #2

    Wow, this truly is a great series!!
    I tried to download all of them, but unfortunately I only recently discovered this. So I was a bit (a very big bit) too late.
    But could you please, please, re-up Covered With Soul 13? (and maybe Covered With Soul 12?)
    aTdHvAaNnKcSe
    Fortunately Covered with Soul 11 is still available, and that’s where the archive stops. Alas!

  3. Tom Lane
    July 21st, 2017 at 03:46 | #3

    The Joe Simon song didn’t download. Don’t know if anyone else had that one missing.

  4. Tom Lane
    July 21st, 2017 at 14:40 | #4

    @Tom Lane
    Ok, I found the Joe Simon song. It did download. Thanks

  5. guitar4799
    July 22nd, 2017 at 04:47 | #5

    Thanks for this series. Like Sjef, I didn’t realize this series existed until now. The completest in me would really appreciate having volumes 8,12, and 13. All other links appear to be up and running. Thanks again for your blog and your shares. You have a cool site!

  6. halfhearteddude
    July 23rd, 2017 at 21:52 | #6

    Sjef & guitar4799: The three mixes you asked for are up again.

    Covered With Soul Vol. 8: http://rg.to/file/122d1a102614970d8e37b0fef8d0aabc/CWS__8.rar.html
    Covered With Soul Vol. 12: http://rg.to/file/bf7133061e59584792caaaa1db8741b6/CWS_12.rar.html
    Covered With Soul Vol. 13: http://rg.to/file/3db65e672e916e16df0abcf40b605736/CWS_13.rar.html

  7. guitar4799
    July 24th, 2017 at 00:06 | #7

    Thank you for the reups!

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