Saturday, June 4, 2011

Feeling The Magic Of Vintage Soul

Here are some very nice vintage soul songs and a few recent edits of soul classics. One of the best songs I heard recently is from Troy. His ‘And tomorrow means another day we’re apart’ is included on ‘The spirit of Philadelphia 3’ and was also on a compilation called ‘Lost soul gems’. His voice sounds like Aaron Neville in the beginning of the song, but when he reaches his climax you would swear it was Marvin Junior (the Dells) or Teddy Pendergrass. It is a superb track. I did some research on Troy, because compiler Ralph Tee of ‘The spirit of Philadelphia 3’ didn't know who he was. Well, Troy turns out to be Benny Mardones, a songwriter that made a name for himself as a rock singer in the eighties. He is known for songs like ‘Into the night’ (covered by Usher last year) and ‘She’s so French’. Read his biography for more details about his impressive career.

Benny Mardones looks and sounds like David Coverdale (Whitesnake) nowadays, so it is hard to believe that he recorded the beautiful and soulful ‘And tomorrow means another day we’re apart’ 40 years ago. The song was produced by one of the big names behind the sound of Philadelphia, Bobby Martin. Another big name of the Philadelphia sound is Tom Moulton. He remixed ‘Rising cost of love’ from Loose Change for his brand new remix album, ‘Philly Re-Grooved 2: The Master Returns’ that came out on Monday. Next week there will be another Tom Moulton mix.

Troy is not the only blue-eyed soul singer I included. I also selected the brilliant ‘Kiss on my list’ from Philadelphian singers Daryl Hall and John Oates, a Billboard Hot 100 #1 in 1981. Enjoy!

Tracklist:

Johnny Bristol – Feeling The Magic (1975)
Tyrone Davis – Is It Something You Got (1969)
The J’s – When Did You Stop (1977)
Troy – And Tomorrow Means Another Day We’re Apart (1972)
Loose Change – Rising Cost Of Love [A Tom Moulton Mix] (2011)
Pulse – Sunshine (1978)
The Fabulous Denos – I've Enjoyed Being Loved By You (1964)
Doc Severinsen – I Wanna Be With You [Leftside Wobble Edit] (2011)
Rockers Revenge – Sunshine [Greg Wilson Edit] (2005)
D-Train – Tryin’ To Get Over (1982)
Millie Scott – Ev’ry Little Bit (1987)
Tashan – Read My Mind (1986)
Bobby Nunn – Do You Look That Good In The Morning? (1983)
Jeffree – Change Places (1996)
Daryl Hall & John Oates – Kiss On My List (1980)
Willie Hutch – Easy Does It (1978)


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