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SAM COOKE  "hits!" cd,  2009:

sorry, no cover art work so I thought a pic of Mr Cooke would do....
twenty one tracks, all singles...
they didn't call him "mr.soul" for nothing, he had the groove baby!....
superb r+b vocalist, great entertainer but not a nice person in real life, and
his bizarre death is one of the enduring mysteries of the rock era...
love just about every track on this set and the ones I don't love are pretty darn good also...

I had to pick a track to post and this one came out randomly:



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RUN DMC  "its like this: the best of" cd,  2009:

double disc, thirty six tracks....
could have been whittled down to a single disc IMO...
anyway,
this is original rap from the 1980s/90s...
before all the foul mouthed gangsters destroyed the genre...
in thirty six tracks there is not one ho/niggaz/blunts/b!tches etc etc...
a breath of fresh air even if they all sound the same...
best track for me is the collaboration with Aerosmith....



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Mesmerising performance - you can see the toll it's taking on her, but she comes through regardless - incredible stuff. https://youtu.be/ardglr9MVVQ
'The purpose of life is a life of purpose' - Athena Orchard.
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NESSA MORGAN  "sex and poverty"  cd, 2004

R&B/Soul....
New Zealand Maori....
debut set...
hearing Lauren Hill and Mary J Blige throughout this one..
a few F-Bombs thrown in for good measure where needed and certainly not overused...
a good solid album...
appears she only released two albums, not sure why because she is a good artist!

from the album, the lead off single:



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MELISSA ETHERIDGE "Memphis rock and soul"  cd,  2016:

Melissa's fourteenth and most recent album...
only one I own for some strange unknown reason?....
a covers set of old Stax Records soul/R+B tunes...
her raspy throaty vocals suit these songs...
has an authentic feel to it...
not a great album but a good listen nonetheless...

I wasn't sure which track to post but I watched and liked her live version of this one:




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Bobby Womack- Facts of Life (facts of life album)- at the 2:45 mark

(08-02-2018, 12:53)CRAZY-HORSE Wrote: [Image: 220px-Sam_Cooke_billboard.jpg]

SAM COOKE  "hits!" cd,  2009:

sorry, no cover art work so I thought a pic of Mr Cooke would do....
twenty one tracks, all singles...
they didn't call him "mr.soul" for nothing, he had the groove baby!....
superb r+b vocalist, great entertainer but not a nice person in real life, and
his bizarre death is one of the enduring mysteries of the rock era...
love just about every track on this set and the ones I don't love are pretty darn good also...

I had to pick a track to post and this one came out randomly:




His true talent can be observed when he is being candid in my opinion. Check this medley out: Sam Cooke Medley

I read somewhere that he was pushed to sound like Bobby Darin on his commercial songs.
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