I wonder why this soul sub genre never really took off…
Pitchfork: Lenaburg believed Phoenix could produce a soul scene every bit as vibrant as Detroit or Memphis, and he tried to make that belief a reality. He made his first recording with a group called the Newlyweds when he was only 16, and the B-side, “The Quarrel”, became a local novelty hit despite being an unlistenable spoken word mess. The guys at Numero Group have included it as the last track on their Lenaburg retrospective, the latest in their amazing Eccentric Soul series, and it serves as a telling illustration of just how far he had come by the time he was regularly helming sessions in the late 60s.
Nina Simone performing at the Pan-African Festival in Algiers (1969). Photo by Guy Le Querrec.
“Did you know that the human voice is the only pure instrument? That it has notes no other instrument has? It’s like being between the keys of a piano. The notes are there, you can sing them, but they can’t be found on any instrument. That’s like me. I live in between this. I live in both worlds, the black and white world. I am Nina Simone, the star, and I am not here. I’m a woman. My secret self is between these worlds.” -Nina Simone
Tainted Love by Gloria Jones. I didn’t know this but she sung this first!
It’s off one of these awesome mixtapes put out by Mississippi Records, they were only ever put out on tape, but some ruler has ripped them. Some of the links are megaupload so not all of them work. Bummer. There’s heaps of really good obscure tunes here… check it out!
This one MRC-81 - Dark Summer is here, and is definitely my favourite so far.
This is a cover of the Beatles song Don’t Let Me Down by 1960s Nigerian song bird Charlotte Daddah. It’s from a fantastic compilation called Money Be No Sand. Click to buy or click to DL (There’s more info on Daddah here)