I found out about The Isley Brothers through a negative review of Seals and Crofts. The person said the only good thing they did was Summer Breeze because The Isley Brothers got to do it. I listened to it on youtube, an African American funky version of Summer Breeze. It was good, definitely different from the original. It sounded like two different songs. Then I learned the group also did Shout and Twist and Shout. With Twist and Shout I can't make up my mind who did it better, the Isley Brothers or The Beatles. There's also Fight the Power which is fun. I had a good time with this collection.
My twin sister used to play a lot of blues in high school. Life got better once she left. The music has been lying on the shelf since then. I remember some of the artists she played. It was music in the background of the house. One of the best of these artists was Dock Boggs. He was a spooky country blues singer with a rural voice. The first few songs on this cd are the best like Sugar Baby and Down Home Blues. I separated our music this week into two parts, cds I already am familiar with and a pile of cds that I need to become acquainted with. That pile has a lot of her blues music.
One of the few white artists signed to Motown Chris Clark was a great singer. The best part of this two part cd is her Soul Sounds album. There's Love Gone Bad which is really a gem and I want to go back there again. I also have a fondness for her cover of In the Ghetto. The second disc is unreleased stuff. I admit I haven't really dug into the second disc. If you're looking for some soul music that's been neglected Chris Clark is the place to go.
Not obscure at all. I remember when I was 19 I was completely ignorant of David Bowie. I thought that he was just a celebrity. Then my twin sister bought "The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars" and we just absolutely loved it. Since then I've been a fan. It's great that his newest record is doing so well on the Billboard charts. It shows that people care about what a great musician he was.
This cd has most of the essential songs. (It doesn't cover Low though one of my favorite albums from him.) There's Space Oddity, Fame, Young Americans, Under Pressure. I didn't know he made Modern Love. I've heard that song my whole life. That was a surprise. Anyhow this was an enjoyable purchase.