Category Archives: Soul

Song Of The Day – Fits and the Tantrums – “Breakin’ The CHains Of Love”


English: Fitz and the Tantrums - Michael Fitzp...

English: Fitz and the Tantrums – Michael Fitzpatrick and Noelle Scaggs at a 2010 performance in San Diego. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Just a drive by post today.  Blog favourite (and Guapo fave) Fitz and the Tantrums doing a live performance of “Breakin’ The CHains Of Love”.  Great band, great song.  Have a great Monday evening.  Love the sax solo.

 

 

Song Of The Day – Delbert and The Commotions


 

Song Of The Day today is actually Group of the Day.  I received an email from Brian Asselin, a member of an R&B/Funk group known as Delbert & The Commotions.  The best part, the group includes Delbert Nelson, once with the legendary Funk Brothers.  Brian met Delbert while touring with the Funk Brothers and ended up collaborating on an album about a year ago.  An interesting story, a Canadian sax player and an American singer teaming up to write a soul album.  Please enjoy, visit the links and maybe pop a song or two onto your iPod.

Delbert and the Commotions Home

Delbert and the Commotions on iTunes

Delbert and the Commotions on CBC2

Delbert and the Commotions on Twitter

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Song Of The Day – Mavis Staples – “Can You Get To That”


Mavis Staples

Mavis Staples (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Song of the day returns with a gem.  CBC2 is playing the crap out of this new song (yes new) from 74-year-old Mavis Staples of The Staple Singers fame.  A great R&B/Gospel/Countryish tune that really gets you going.  Enjoy.  I’ll be doing some travel updating over the next few days, so much in the brain, so little time to spew it out.

Remembering Clarence Burke Jr


Clarence Burke

Clarence Burke Jr passed away on May 25th, he was 62.  He was a singer, songwriter and guitarist with 1970’s family band “The Five Stairsteps“.  The band was best known for it’s hit “O-o-h Child“, a song rated at 392 on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 of All time.  The video below is the band on “Soul Train“.

Random Songs From My Phone – The Commitments – “Mustang Sally”


The Commitments (film)

The Commitments (film) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

I am adding a new feature to my Song Of The Day category.  I hit random on my iPhone and whatever song pops up is my Song Of The Day.  This feature joins my current group consisting of “Remembering”, “Canada’s Best Music”, “Let’s Explore The Blues” (which I’m resurrecting) and the “Song Of The Day” (which makes up everything else).

 

I couldn’t have chosen a better song to start this series.  The Commitments, filmed in 1991, follows the forming of a soul group in Dublin, Ireland.  It is unique in that the actors were chosen for their musical talent and not their acting ability.  Kind of like the Blues Brothers in that respect.  The result, a terrific movie and an absolutely great soundtrack.  The song that popped up was the Mack Rice classic, “Mustang Sally“.  The song has had a great life, being recorded by Wilson Pickett, Buddy Guy, The Rascals, Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and many others.

 

 

 

 

Song Of The Day – Allen Stone – “Sleep”


Allen Stone

Allen Stone

Soul R&B singer, Allen Stone recorded this gem in 2011 and widely released in 2012.  Sleep can be found on his album “Allen Stone”. I have a big weak spot for everything blues/R&B/soul and he hits the sweet spot.

He has a gospel background, which pops up in his writing and style, and lists people like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and the Meters as his influences.  He currently resides in Seattle, and is on tour in Europe as I write this.

Allen Stone Home

Allen Stone on Twitter

Allen Stone on iTunes

 

Song Of The Day – Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough


Lianne La Havas

Lianne La Havas (Photo credit: wfuv)

Lianne La Havas is an English singer who has asked the question everyone wants to the answer to, “Is Your Love Big Enough”.  Since 2011, she has released 3 EP’s and an album.  The album also asks the same question and was released in 2012.  The song itself is very catchy and Lianne has an excellent voice.  She is an excellent addition to the current British Invasion of women singers.

Lianne La Havas Home

Lianne La Havas on iTunes

Song Of The Day – John Newman – Cheating


British soul singer, John Newman nails it with this terrific tune, Cheating.  Only 21, he shows great maturity in his songwriting and his vocals.  Now if I could just find a place to buy it.

John Newman Home

John Newman on twitter

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