Sunday, October 31, 2021

Out of This World: A Freakwater Compilation

As I get older (and older), I've become increasingly impressed by artists that manage to put out albums that rival, or even surpass, their earlier work.  In the case of Freakwater, I still give a slight edge to
Feels  Like the Third Time over their 2016 release Scheherazade, but man, the latter, is a really good album and probably a more consistent effort.   And I'm still kicking myself for not going to see them on their tour for the album (I think I had a fairly legitimate reason, but still....)  Anyway, hope folks enjoy this compilation.

Jesus Year
Annabelle Lee
No Phone In Heaven
Walkin' Cane
Come All Ye Rolling Minstrels
The Asp and the Albatross
Family Tradition
Broken Hearted Lover
Lover's Return
Little Red Riding Hood
Lonesome Sound
Right Brothers
Queen Bee
Sleeping On Hold
When I Stop Dreaming
Out of this World

Sunday, October 3, 2021

Just an Itching in My Heart: Selections from the Holland-Dozier-Holland Songbook

   I can't remember what exactly prompted me to make a tribute to Holland-Dozier-Holland.  It may have been the hagiographic, but still compelling recent Motown documentary, but I think it was a song or even an article.  In the process of putting it together, I also discovered that they wrote a lot of  late 60's and early 70's hits under the pseudonym Edythe Wayne - because of a contract dispute with Motown, they were unable to use their own names for several years after leaving the label.  Anyway, hope folks enjoy the compilation - there aren't that many unconventional covers or obscurities, but hopefully, it still serves as a fitting tribute to a legendary trio.


Volume One

You Keep Me Hangin' On

Aretha Franklin

Crumbs Off The Table

The Glass House

Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)

The Isley Brothers

You Brought the Joy

Freda Payne

Free Your Mind

The Politicians

Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart

The Supremes

I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying

Smokey Robinson

Where Did Our Love Go

Donnie Elbert

A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Everyday)

Martha Reeves & The Vandellas

Mind, Body, and Soul

Flaming Ember

Remove This Doubt

Elvis Costello

Little Girl Blue (Single Version)

The Marvelettes

The Day I Found Myself

Honey Cone

Band of Gold

Marcia Griffiths

You're Gonna Need Me

Dionne Warwick

Volume Two

My World Is Empty Without You

Lee Fields & The Expressions

Whisper You Love Me Boy

Chris Clark

Can't Satisfy

Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions

Give Me Just A Little More Time

Chairmen of the Board



Don't Leave Me Starving For Your Love

Laura Lee

Too Many Cooks (Spoil the Soup)

Aged in Soul

Can I Get A Witness

Marvin Gaye

Baby, Don't You Do It

The Poets

(I'm A) Road Runner

Jr. Walker And The All Stars

Come See About Me

Nella Dodds

When The Lovelight Starts Shining Thru His Eyes

Dusty Springfield


Kim Weston

There's a Ghost in My House

The Fall

Reach Out I'll Be There

Four Tops