It’s time for episode 98 of Love That Album.
Soul music can be raw or it can be smooth. It can convey emotions of the heart or it can be about confronting social injustice. Above all, soul music is about the groove and making you feel honest emotion…..
On this month’s episode I am honoured to be joined again by film and music enthusiast Will Smith, co-host of the magnificent Gentlemen’s Guide to Midnite Cinema podcast (bringing class to the trash since 1977). Will is a huge devotee of soul music, so we decided to introduce each other to three great soul albums and then discuss our thoughts about the music and the artist. In no particular order, those albums are:
Soul Power – Curtis Harding
Etta James – Rocks The House
Darondo – Listen to my Song: The Music City Sessions
Emma Donovan and the Putbacks – Dawn
Millie Jackson – Caught Up
Jackie Shane – Live
These albums are diverse and are both old and new. They also are not limited to American geographical boundaries (Emma is Australian, Jackie is an honorary Canadian). However, they all share a sense of honesty and grit.
Eric Reanimator jumps on the soul train (sort of) with his Album I Love segment where he talks about Rev Up: The Best of Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels. There’s surely some high energy soul being covered by Mitch featuring songs previously done by Little Richard, Ray Charles, James Brown. It takes confidence to carry that material off, but Ryder and the Wheels had IT.
So get some soul in your bowl (….it rhymes, what can I say?) and join Will, Eric and myself to hear exactly why you need these albums in your life.
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