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  • 0 The 20 Best Stax Records Songs

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith and guest
    • 05/29/2017

      I can't recommend enough Robert Gordon's excellent book Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the Soul Explosion. Robert takes you into "The Spirit of Memphis," the California dreamin' of Wattstax, and the buffet of "Green Onions" from Booker T. Jones (and supporting cast). Above is a photo I took of Booker T. Jones in April, 2011 at a private performance in Washington, D.C. To catch up on the song history of Stax Records and the staying power of the label's music, see our Stax 50 Delivers Classic Soul Grand Slam Hits. What are the 20 Best Stax Records Songs of all time? The Paste Magazine staff has selected their choices. Their picks are almost perfect. You might guess who is at number one and number two. Scan through the list at the Paste Magazine website. Celebrate 60 years of Stax! You can bet the two guys on Robert Gordon's book cover below made the list, but at what number? Find out! Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 10 Classic Soul Songs To Enjoy

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith and guest
    • 07/20/2016

    9 out of 10 ain't bad. Rob Patterson has an excellent selection of what he calls "10 Totally Cool Classic Rock/Soul Songs." His inclusion of 'classic rock' in the title is generous. Let's face it. Classic rock radio stations and online streams usually don't play any Black artists whether their sound fits or not. That's just the truth. Also, I disagree with his song pick for Aretha Franklin. You can understand why he passed on the obvious song choice. That would be too predictable. Read Rob's "10 Totally Cool Classic Rock/Soul Songs" at Best Classic Bands and watch the YouTube videos. Reminisce, remember, or reach for something new (if you are too young to have experienced them back in the day)! Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 12/11/2014

    Clive Davis signed Aretha Franklin to Arista in 1980. Davis left Arista in 2000. In October, 2014 Aretha and Davis reunited for "Great Diva Classics." This album features hit covers including Barbra Streisand's "People," Gladys Knight's "Midnight Train To Georgia," Alicia Keys' "No One," Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive," Destiny's Child's "Survivor" and more. http://amzn.to/1us5j73 Have you heard it? Available from Amazon. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Millie Jackson - On The Soul Country Side

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith and guest
    • 11/15/2014

    Here's another touch of country from the soul of Millie Jackson. Also see our Millie Jackson Country update. Steve Horowitz has his own take on Millie's The Soul Country Side where he talks about all of the country songs she sings. Let's face it, R&B is a fusion of soul, blues and country. Ray Charles, Lionel Richie, Charley Pride and others have all delivered emotional melodies when they sing country. A mix of rural towns, forlorn ladies and urban cowboys make for great story telling. Read both updates above, and listen to Millie Jackson sing a quick segment of  "Here You Come Again" made popular by Dolly Parton.   Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Whitney Houston Live

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 09/16/2014

    Looking forward to hearing Whitney Houston Live, her first-ever live album featuring restored and remastered tracks. Release date is November 10, 2014. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 The Essential Bill Withers

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/21/2013

    The Essential Bill Withers is a new 34-track 2013 anthology that features all of his hits and more.  "Better Days (Theme from Man and Boy)"  "Ain't No Sunshine"  "Harlem"  "Grandma's Hands"  "Hope She'll Be Happier"  "Better Off Dead"  "Lonely Town, Lonely Street"  "Let Me in Your Life"  "Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?"  "Use Me"  "Friend of Mine"  "I Can't Write Left-Handed"  "Lean on Me"  "Make a Smile for Me"  "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh"  "Heartbreak Road"  "Railroad Man" Disc Two  "Family Table"  "The Best You Can"  "Hello Like Before"  "I Wish You Well"  "Don't You Want to Stay?"  "I'll Be with You"  "My Imagination"  "Lovely Day"  "I Want to Spend the Night"  "Tender Things"  "Let Me Be the One You Need"  "Memories Are That Way"  "Soul Shadows"  "Just the Two of Us"  "In the Name of Love"  "We Could Be Sweet Lovers"  "Something That Turns You On" Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 TSOP Soul Radio Salutes Philadelphia

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/31/2011

    If your passion is nothing but wall-to-wall Gamble & Huff Philly style sounds, you may want to check out TSOP Soul Radio, an online repository of the best of Philadelphia International Records. You'll hear a steady diet of O'Jays, Teddy Pendegrass, MFSB, and more. An appealing element of listening to TSOP Soul Radio is the deep track selection, playing almost everything from the Philadelphia International Records catalogue. 2022 Update: TSOP Soul Radio is now sunset, but Gamble-Huff Music Lives on. Check them out. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 6 Songs from 2010 with Powerhouse Soul

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 12/08/2010

    Across all musical genres the usual suspects released an adequate supply of new tunes during 2010. It's debatable how much of it was truly distinguished. Among our 6 Songs from 2010 with powerhouse soul, just 2 are new, the rest are covers, albeit very good ones. The emotional power of the 20 live tracks provided by the artists on the Hope for Haiti Now album benefiting the victims of the earthquake there reflect the seriousness of one of the most important stories of the year. 1) "Stranded (Haiti Mon Amour) Version 1.0" by Jay-Z, Bono, The Edge, and Rihanna is at the top of our list. Good message, great collaboration, nice beat. 2) "Wake Up Everybody" lead by John Legend, Melanie Fiona, and Common is next. A very good contemporary version of the classic by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. 3) "The Word" by Bettye LaVette is the surprise of the year. Good things come to those who wait. Ms. Lavette retooled this Lennon & McCartney song and took it to Memphis. 4) "Move on Up" Angelique Kidjo (with John Legend & Bono) turned Curtis Mayfield's anthem into a world music theme. Exposure during the World Cup was nice. 5) "Night Shift" (Tribute to Michael Jackson version), the Commodores. In 2010 the Commodores re-released their original hit with new lyrics dedicated to the King of Pop to coincide with the anniversary of his death. The update works perfectly. 6) "Breaking News," Michael Jackson. When your "B" material is still better than the "A" material of many other artists, you know you are special. This is an excellent, sarcastic boogie-down "in your face" response to the media for their attempt to demonize M-J. The song opens with hilarious sound bites from frantic TV & radio news reporters talking smack about his antics. "Breaking News" was recorded a couple of years ago, but never released until this fall. It's included on Jackson's scheduled December 14th offering of never released material: Michael. Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Millie Jackson Country

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 08/03/2010

    Country tunes in Nashville for the talented tongue of Millie Jackson? That's what she did in 1981, broadening her horizons to the masses. This 45 RPM picture sleeve single is from her country album, Just a Li'l Bit Country. She tackles the Don Gibson song, "I Can't Stop Loving You," a major hit for Ray Charles in 1962. There must have been an international market for European country lovers, as this particular copy was made and pressed in West Germany by Polydor Records. However, what Millie Jackson does best is to rock the house with her live and uncensored no holds barred charm. An excellent example, Millie's classic soul jewel, "If Loving You is Wrong, I Don't Want to Be Right." Previous Post | Next Post

  • 0 Bloodstone Stays Cool with Natural High Vibes

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    • by Kingsley H. Smith
    • 07/07/2010

    "Natural High" was Bloodstone's only certified-gold single. "Why do I keep my mind, on you all of the time" lyrically opens the #4 R&B, #10 pop 1973 hit. Group member Charles McCormick, (2nd from the left), wrote this classic soul ballad for his wife, his senior-class high school sweetheart. Bloodstone was formed in Kansas City, Missouri, by McCormick, Harry Williams, Charles Love, Willis Draffen Jr., and Roger Durham. When the temperature gets hot, "Natural High" puts you in a cool state of mind. Previous Post | Next Post

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