Sunday, September 28, 2014

Arnold McCuller -- "Send My Baby Back"

And here's another voice I really like. I can't believe I found out about this artist only now. But after a little research, I noticed that he was not very well known as a soloist. He is better known as back-up singer for  such renowned artists as Bonnie Raitt, Phil Collins, James Taylor, and Ry Cooder. (Wiki)

For more info, please visit the artist's website. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Otis Redding -- "Keep Your Arms Around Me"

Howdy everyone! Finally, we are having  pleasantly cool temperatures in Texas. Well, at least early in the morning. It's been raining for two days, and the plants in my yard are bursting with blooms ... Besides the noisy birds and the pesky squirrels, Big O. keeps me company. So it's easy to feel good ...

I skipped the news this morning and instead decided to start the day with a classy classic by Otis Redding.
The horn section is worth a special mention -- and for all the sax players who think that a saxophone is supposed to squeak and screech and scream: listen to this one. This is a saxophone that doesn't get on one's nerves.

"Keep your Arms Around Me" is from Otis's second LP,"The Great Otis Redding Sings Soul Ballads" (Volt, 1965.)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

John Boutte -- "Treme Song"

Hubby and I were watching the Treme TV series for the past couple of days. It's telling the stories of several New Orleans characters after the devastation caused by Katrina and how they try to regain a sense of normalcy in a city that lies in shambles. It is just amazing how resilient humans can be. 
It is even more amazing to see how big a role music does play in rebuilding the lives that have lost their anchors; it seems to be woven into the everyday fabric of the city and its inhabitants -- like a thread that keeps everything together. Very, very interesting.
So -- of course, there is a lot of music in each episode. Throughout the series some of the true New Orleans greats have cameo appearances: Loyd Price, Ernie K. Doe, Allen Toussaint, Thrombone Shorty, Dr. John, Fats Domino, The Gaturs ... Your old Raggedy's heart kept jumping and pumping. I even tried to dance along to the Treme theme song. 

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Soultaker's Treasure Chest 9-7-2014

Posted by Soultaker

After a rainy weekend, things are finally starting to cool down.  I'm not much of a summer person so the cooler temperatures are a welcome change.  Being indoors for most of the weekend, I was able to play some records and relax.  So I decide to hit record and come up with something for the blog.  I know Raggedy has been on the road for a couple of weeks, so this should hold everyone over until she returns.  Hope you enjoy.

1.  Intro
2.  Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do - Johnny Starr - Mala Records
3.  South Side Of Soul Street - Johnny Adams - SSS International
4. Who Could Doubt My Love - Odds And Ends - Today Records
5. Happiness Is Where You Find It - Ben E. King - Atlantic Records
6. Supernatural Voodoo Woman - The Originals - Soul
7.  Come Down To Earth - The New Censation - Pride
8.  Soul Flow - Paul Kelly - Happy Tiger
9.  Migration - Creative Source - Sussex
10.  Give Me Just Another Day - The Miracles - Tamla
11.  Thing Called Love - Bobby Womack - United Artist