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Country Soul & Country Funk

PostPosted: Sat Aug 04, 2012 11:30 pm
by Jamie Renton
Two fine new compilations that move in opposite directions...

Subtitled "Where Country meets Soul" Behind Closed Doors is an Ace Records compilation of soul covers of country tunes featuring a few I knew & already loved (including Percy Sledge's "Take Time to Know Her", Solomon Burke's take on "He'll Have to Go" & Candi Staton's "He Called Me Baby") + lots that are new to me & I now love...where to start? How about Aaron Neville's opener "The Grand Tour" or The Limette's "before the Next tear drop Falls" or Little Milton's title track? Mostly slow heartbreakers but I bet Cookie Jackson's "Your Good Girl's Goinna Go Bad" would sound good on the dancefloor.

Light in the Attic's new compilation Countryt Funk 1969 - 1975 has country style artists (& others) taking on black urban influences, recognisably country but recognisably funky too & a bit wigged out in places: Dale Hawkins, Mac Davis Bob (nee Bobby) Darin, Tony Joe White, Jim Ford (not with "Harlan County") & Bobby Gentry are all featured with sounds that will please & surprise. Link Wray's "Fire and Brimstone" is my favourite on first listen, but I bet Cherokee's "Funky Business" would sound good on the dan... (you've done that one already-Ed) The only thing I'd previously heard is Bobby Charles "Street People" & I'm more than happy to hear that again anytime.