Despite the sad passing of both Sharon Jones and Charles Bradley, the music of Daptone lingers on and here we get a posthumous collection of recordings by soul man Charles Bradley. It is a celebration of his entire career but is now shallow 'best of' delving into unknown corners of his back catalogue and containing unheard recordings made at sessions for all three of his studio albums. Lovingly compiled, there's a big box set too with bonus 12" and assorted ephemera.
Limited Vinyl LP £18.49 DAP-054LPX
Limited indies only purple & black splatter vinyl LP on Daptone.
- Indies only
- Limited edition
Vinyl LP £18.49 DAP-054LP
Black vinyl LP on Daptone.
CD £12.49 DAP-054
CD on Daptone.
Limited Vinyl LP box set £41.99 DAP-054BOX
Limited edition black velvet wrapped box set incl. 180g vinyl LP, bonus 12" EP, slipmat, photo book and business card.
- Limited edition
You want some soul music? You could, like me, listen to Magic Soul FM as they play the greatest hits of soul over and over again. You could go to Sainsbury's and go buy Bob Stanley's compilation of Northern Soul....and don't forget to pick up those bananas while you are there. Or...and here's a thing... you could pick up some new and rarely heard soul tracks from the late Charles Bradley. This is his forth and final album comprising of tracks from throughout his career, outtakes from all his studio albums including some interesting looking covers of tracks by the likes of Nirvana, Neil Young and Rodriguez.
It's as you perhaps imagine - classically produced soul tracks full of vibrant horn sections all topped off by that emotional gravelly vocal style. I Feel a Change is perhaps the most impressive track on first listen. A mid paced blower with a superb descending chorus. The cover of Nirvana's 'Stay Away' is quite incredible - I mean I'd have never have guessed. It exemplifies Bradley's power of interpretation - he's made this his own by way of a honking vocal and some well placed screams. Only really Neil Young's Heart of Gold is (over?) familiar perhaps due to it being the most 'famous' song here but Bradley still puts his stamp on it. It's the only moment though on the record that feels too cosy, too (and this is a word that I hesitate to use about a singer of Bradley's ability) karaoke.
Elsewhere this is a strong album by a much missed soul man. Unheard songs with the feel of the best of the classic era soul men. Despite being a compilation it holds together beautifully as an album too.
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