Blues was never a big genre. It was at its biggest from the 50's to the mid 60's, just before creativity and technology in music exploded. Most blues tracks you'll hear is standard singer-guitar-bass-drums on a grainy record. As time moved on, the number of notable blues artists still making music dwindled. Bobby Bland released … Continue reading Bobby “Blue” Bland – Dreamer
'It's the season for the "Christmas music sucks" takes. To anyone that feels that way, I'll counter with you're just not listening to the right versions of these songs. I get being tired of all the same versions that play in every store, but there is plenty of quality holiday music out there. Take this … Continue reading Bootsy Collins – Christmas Is 4 Ever
Here's my playlist for the holidays. Covers: Jackson 5 - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Otis Redding - White Christmas Tuxedo - Wonderful Christmastime Bootsy Collins - Winter Funkyland Originals: Donny Hathaway - This Christmas Stevie Wonder & Andra Day - Someday At Christmas William Bell - Everyday Will Be Like A Holiday Clarence … Continue reading Soul/Funk X-Mas
Halfway point of the Week of Soul. Curtis Mayfield put together a lon run of good albums in the 1970's. He danced around the soul/funk spectrum ranging from the straight funk style of "Superfly," to the other side of that spectrum, "Sweet Exorcist." There is Still funk influence, but it's Mayfield's most soulful offering since … Continue reading Curtis Mayfield – Sweet Exorcist
Day 3. I'm not going to do standout tracks for this one because it plays as a full concert and should be listened to front to back, even more so than studio albums. This one captures a 1975 concert that I would kill to have been at. The show starts out with the 3 acts … Continue reading Blue Magic, Major Harris & Margie Joseph – Live!
Day 2 of the Week Of Soul brings us 1972's "360 Degrees Of Billy Paul." The string-laden album is largely forgotten outside of smash hit, "Me And Mrs. Jones." This impeccably produced album is just another example of a would be classic being lost in the shuffle of the golden age of music. Besides, "Me … Continue reading Billy Paul – 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul
I've held off for nearly a month to recommend this one. The Celebrate-Christmas-Too-Early shamers are out there and they hate when you even bring up Christmas before Thanksgiving. I'm more of a tear down Halloween decorations and put up Christmas decorations on November 1st kind of guy. And while decorating at the beginning of this … Continue reading Various Artists – Soul Christmas