Wasup Examers, It's Sama:
As I mentioned at the end of January, I became a contributor over at the daily music blog "Today's Song Is". Given my love for 60's soul music, it seemed apt that I manage the Throwback Thursday section of the blog. To keep things interesting, I decided to choose songs based on a particular theme each month. For February, I chose the theme of "love, longing, and loneliness", given Valentine's day and all that. It's really not too difficult to find a soul love song, but it is tough to find a song that hits you every time. Below is a run-through of my February posts over at TSI (with slight additions). Let me know what you think.
February 5 - Mad Lads - “I Forgot to be Your Lover"
The Mad Lads are a tremendous group from Memphis. This cover of William Bell’s 1968 soul driver was featured on the B side of one of their later albums, A New Beginning (1973).
Their hit single “Don’t Have to Shop Around” is worth checking out. It features Isaac Hayes and Booker T doing work on organ and piano.
February 12 - Barbara Mason - “Yes I’m Ready"
Another favorite tune by the Philly native. Released in1965 on the Arctic label, this heartfelt song was written by Barbara Mason herself. If you are interested in what later became known as the Philly Sound, this would not be a bad place to start.
February 19 - The Notations - “I’m Still Here"
A sweet and wonderful 1971 cut by the Chicago group, The Notations. If you find anything by them, pick it up and give it to me.
February 26 - Kenny and Tommy - “Some Day"
I found this 45 in a batch of records my cousin sent me from her father’s basement in Philly.
What can I say about Kenny Gamble and Thom Bell that has not been said already? These two, with Leon Huff, were the purveyors of the "Philly Sound” and produced some of the best soul acts around. “Some Day” gives you a sense of what these two young producers were capable of; they could have done just as well performing music as they did producing it. It’s difficult to imagine what Philly soul would be without them. For those interested in more, check out the book “A House On Fire”, a wonderful read.
Let me know what you think of these cuts; do you like any? hate any? have your own love songs in the bag that you think I should share? Leave a comment below or send me a message over on twitter @TheVinylExam. Also feel free to recommend a theme-of-the-month for me to stick to over on TSI. I like a challenge.