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Dual 1019

I got off from work early the other night, and if course I couldn’t sleep. That was because I’ve finally gotten the other turntable up and running. A gift from the Karma Police, it sounds great and has much more bass and punch than the other 2 turntables I have. Why do I need a third turntable? Hey, what do you care? It’s more music for you. And a bonus post this week.

I’ve been listening to a lot of Grace Jones lately, enough to where I’ll give her own post soon. But I never noticed how many cover tunes she has on her albums. At least 3-4 on the ones I have. That inspired me to throw some covers your way.

The Edwin Starr‘s  Cloud Nine is from an album full of covers itself. It sounds familiar, but still has his own twang to it.

The muse for this post, Grace’s song was a toss-up, all of her covers are unique from the original , and I couldn’t go wrong with any choice.

Compared to What was one of my favorite songs when I was little. The Les McCann / Eddie Harris jam was an excuse for my little ass to cuss without catching a whoopin’, and I couldn’t pass that up. Roberta Flack doesn’t sound as angry as Les and Eddie , but it’s  a slow simmer that’s just about the equal.

I read somewhere that Syreeta‘s first few albums were Stevie Wonder albums, and I get that. He married her and produced her albums, even after they were divorced. but some of the music they made together is just the shit. They made some funky and beautiful songs together. I’m surprised that the beginning of this song hasn’t been sampled yet.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

 

 

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Cloud Nine- Edwin Starr 

 

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Use Me- Grace Jones

 

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Compared To What- Roberta Flack

 

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I Love Every Little Thing About You- Syreeta

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Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

 

yeah,yeah,yeahIt’s Beatles Covers 2: Electric Boogaloo. Yes, every part 2 of anything is Electric Boogaloo. Ask Turbo. We have cuts from George Benson, Nina Simone, Ramsey Lewis, Richie Havens, and Aretha Franklin. Nina has to be my favorite cut, cuz its Nina! And it’s Revolution but it’s not. The version I really remember of Richie Haven doing Here Comes the Sun is this:

…where he just burns the guitar up. I can’t find this version on any album, so I lifted this track from YouTube.

George and Ramsey put the George and Ramsey touch to their versions, it’s their signature sounds. There was an earlier post from George’s The Other Side of Abbey Road, if you’ve been paying attention (that’s actually my favorite Beatles song). And Aretha, she does only what she knows to do and “sangs”.

 

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Here Comes the Sun- Richie Havens

 

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Day Tripper- Ramsey Lewis

 

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Aretha Franklin- Let It Be

 

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Revolution (Parts I & II) Nina Simone

 

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The End- George Benson

 

A little bonus action, it was hard to leave out Wes Montgomery, so I didn’t.

 

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Elanore Rigby- Wes Montgomery

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I Hates Bug Music!

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Nah, not really. Except for the Hatrocks, it seems like everyone has at least a little love for The Beatles. Especially soul and jazz musicians. There are tons of Beatles covers out in the jazz world. I’ve only been through a quarter of my collection, and have found enough songs to make up a few post. So the next few post are all Beatles inspired. Surprise!!! I’ve gone over a few albums, but I need to get my Beatles knowledge up. I can recognize the obvious cover song, but if I came across (googling) Lovely Rita, I’d skip right over it, so I’m sure there will be future post to cover everything. Remember, I’m only adding songs that are within my collection, so if you’re looking for Booker T. & The M.G.’s doing Michelle, it’s not posted because I don’t have it on an album (yet).

I’m kicking of the post with the song that was the catalyst for these next few post… Bill Cosby doing Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. This was done way before Cosby was the Uncle Ruckus that he is today. This is when he was starting the first pinnacle of his career (yes, his lucky ass has had 2 pinnacles. Makes no sense, but it’s Bill, man!). I say this because he had several, well selling comedy albums by this point, and actually had an album of him singing (in that Cosby way):  1967’s Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings. You would think this would have stopped Bill from attempting any more singing, but he came back the next year with Hooray For the Salvation Army Band! It’s pretty much like his previous singing effort. You have Bill putting the Cosby stylings on popular songs such as Reach Out (I’ll Be There) and (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction. But at least had the sense to make sure the music is tight, and has The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band  (of Express Yourself fame), backing him up, as they had on his previous singing endeavor. The shit just makes me laugh cuz I can imagine Dr. Huxtable giving his lines and dancing and throwing out one of his million-dollars-look like this, this and especially this. Minus the Coogis, of course.

Anyway, thanks to Bill to being the inspiration of something positive rather than being the go to guy for Fox when they need a quote from someone black, putting down other blacks. I get what you’re doing, I even agree with some of it. Go say it in front of the people who need to hear it and stop putting business out in the street. I’m just saying.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen:

 

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Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band- Bill Cosby

 

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A Hard Day’s Night- The Ramsey Lewis Trio

 

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Come Together- The Brothers Johnson

 

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We Can Work It Out- Dionne Warwick

 

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