Saturday, March 28, 2015

The Manhattans Special


Back in the day, the Manhattans' songs played everywhere. They made life so much more pleasant by adding that indescribable lightness of the philly sound to our days. They filled the long dry stretches between the all too short weekends with anticipatory joy.

The music, the flawless singing made the world appear okay for as long as the songs played. And, of course, their Kiss And Say Goodbye worked many a miracle for the brokenhearted among us: That was how a breakup had to be handled (at least it sounded like good advice).  You just turn and walk away ...

Okay, here's  a compilation of some of the beautiful Manhattans music.

Manhattans Tribute

00;00 Intro WRAG
00:16 We Made It
04:20 I’ll See You Tomorrow
07:27 It’s Going To Take A Lot To Bring Me Back
10:14 Follow Your Heart
13:10 Am I Losing You
16:55 Baby, I’m Sorry
19:36 Any Other Way
24:00 A Change Is Gonna Come
28:12 Give Him Up
30:44 Nights Like This

I wish you all a very happy, sunny weekend filled with lots of music.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Soultaker's Treasure Chest 03-15-2015


Posted by Soultaker
As we are finally getting some nicer weather, I was able to go out and enjoy some nice sushi at a all you can eat place a coworker recommended.  I was so full, I was feeling like I needed to be carried out on a stretcher.  Besides stuffing my gut, I was in the mood to play some tunes.  Enjoy.
1.  If There's A Will There's A Way - Don Covay - Janus
2.  Outside Woman - Betty Wright - Alston
3.  Hard To Handle - Otis Redding - Atco
4.  Love Games - Willie Hutch - RCA
5.  You - Spanky Wilson - Mothers Records & The Snarf Company/BGP Reissue
6.  Back Up - The Manhattans - DeLuxe RIP Mr. Kelly
7.  Funky - Chambers Brothers - Columbia
8.  From The Love Side - Hank Ballard And The Midnight Lighters - Polydor
9.  Supernatural Thing(Part 1)  - Ben E. King - Atlantic
10.  Trust Your Heart - Bobby Womack Feat. David Ruffin - Columbia
11.  Fun - Brick - Bang Records

Solomon Burke -- "Words"

Words are powerful instruments, and someone said that the two basic words "yes" and "no" are the most important words we ever use. So true. There's nothing more decisive than a "no" or "yes."

So, here is Mr.Solomon Burke with a song about words. The title is the B-side to the famous "Cry To Me."

Friday, March 13, 2015

Ernie Freeman -- "Spring Fever"

 When I searched my library for a spring themed song, I came across today's pick. I couldn't remember having heard that song before, though. Nevertheless, it had to be good or otherwise it wouldn't have been in my collection.
 Looking Mr.Freeman up on Discogs shows that he was a versatile and productive musician and arranger during the 50's and 60's. 

Here now, a tribute to spring time -- which is playing hard-to-get  this year ... 

While DivShare is down, please listen here.

Monday, March 9, 2015

John Lee Hooker -- "Raining"

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And the rain goes on ... I'm almost finished cleaning out my closet, making room for some nice new spring fashion. But who would want to leave the house to go shopping in the rain.
So yours old Raggedy is singing the blues again.

JLH live at the Bellstar lounge April 4, 1979


Sunday, March 8, 2015

Celester Thornton -- "Lonely Girl"

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It is hard not to feel lonely on a gray and rainy Sunday in Texas ... So here's a great song about a lonely girl which actually drives the loneliness away. I just love that sound.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Aretha Franklin and King Curtis live at the Fillmore West: "I Stand Accused" instrumental

Just in case you have a few dollars to spare you can get the album here.
Today's song is from the legendary 1971 live  recordings of Aretha Franklin's performance with King Curtis at the Fillmore West in San Francisco.

Jerry Wexler, who had added Aretha to Atlantic Records, had the glorious idea to have her perform with another band than her own show band -- and at a relatively small venue. The concert turned out to become legendary.

Not only did the audience get treated to the incomparable Aretha Franklin but also to such musicians as Billy Preston and The Memphis Horns. Can you imagine?  And for drummer groupies like me, the drums were in the hands of Bernard Purdie.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Seven Letters -- "Bam Bam Baji"

From Skinhead Moonstomp: The Best of Symarip, Pyramids and Seven Letters

Monday, March 2, 2015

Gene Townsel -- "There's No Use In Hiding"

If you are looking for one of those albums with virtually no filler material, go get Gene Townsel's 1978 release Time Wounds All Heels, originally on the Dobre label. The album is also available as a digitally  remastered CD (Essential Media Group, 2011).
According to amazon's bio, Gene Townsel " has appeared on stages around the world from Acapulco to Tokyo and has taught generations of up-coming vocalists as a vocal coach and arranged scores for countless artists. His rare 70s R&B album "Time Wounds All Heels", has over the decades become a collectors item in the US and Europe, and has spawned a re-release of a single from the album in England - with the full original album finally seeing the light of day in the digital domain in the US. Featured on the album are 4 original Townsel compositions including "Time Wounds All Heals," plus soulful renditions of two obscure Bill Withers tunes. All selections newly remastered."


And here's the title song of the album. I just love it.


Sunday, March 1, 2015

Charles Farren -- "A Girl Like You"

Today's song is one of those tunes that got me hooked the first time ever I heard it. Charles Farren delivers a truly great deep soul bluesy ballad. His voice, gritty and intense ranges from baritone through falsetto -- with adorable ease. And the music is not bad either. Unfortunately, this artist never got the material, it appears, he deserved with a voice like his.

 Charles Farren apparently made only two records. "Alone" b/w "You Got Everything" in 1964 for Limelight and in 1966 "You've Changed My Life Around" b/w today's song, "A Girl Like You" (Hawk Records). The A-side is more of a Northern Soul piece in the typical 60's dance style.