We're still going strong on a soul tip and tonight's mix is,
basically, most of the soul singles and soul odds and ends
I've purchased in the last month. You get a wee bit of
everything from deep soul to disco. If you like soul music
you should find something that you'll dig on the way
through. But try and get through to the last track which
is a brilliant slab of soul gospel.

01. Chillout - JD Daniel
02. Bite the Apple - Rainbow Team
03. Close Your Eyes - Deborah Bell
04. In A Week, In A Day
(Ashley Beedles Streetsoul Edit) - Kylie Auldist
05. Fun Town - Nate Calhoun
06. It's You Girl - Universal Love
07. Keep On Walking
- Al Supersonic & The Teenagers
08. Gone With The Wind Is My Love
(Instrumental) - The Dore Strings
09. Medicine Woman - Mocha Blue Blaze
10. The Church Is Within Us, Oh Lord
- Kent Schneider



  1. I liked some a lot, others not so much, IOW, a mixed bag. Started out on a high, sank some in the middle, ended on a high, roughly speaking.

    I’m waiting to choose my next selections on eMusic, Bach that I have on vinyls that I’m pretending to like. I’ve been looking for CDs for some time without finding them, but lo! I found downloads on eMusic.

  2. I liked all of these, thanks MP.

    Mimi – it surprises me that you can’t find what you want with Bach on CD – especially if eMusic has got it, because I’ve always found eMusic a bit limited.

  3. MP – sorry that “like” is a bit of a wishy-washy word. The fact is anything I listen to has to contend with the sound of the TV from downstairs. They get up at about 10am, they turn on the TV, and the TV stays on till they finally go to sleep, which last night was 4.30am. It is driving me nuts. I might get a better idea of how I feel about the music on OCICBW if I could hear it properly for once. I have to speak to them about it.

  4. Sh’mae(hello)
    I’m the other way round to Mimi – I thought the best stuff was in the middle although I liked the J.D.Daniel opener as well.I loved the Nate Calhoun track.In fact I’m going to try and hunt it down this weekend.Al Supersonic and Kylie Audist were excellent.She has to be the best singer to have come out of Australia since Rolf Harris – and he was born in Wales.
    Talking about gospel music(we were,weren’t we?) has anyone seen the late and truly great Kitty Parham singing Looking To Jesus on youtube? It’s part of a series of clips featuring Marion Williams and Alex Ford taken from the first-ever black gospel concert to have taken place in the Netherlands. The year is 1962.In these clips you see two very different Christian traditions – one very expressive, the other very austere and both new to each other – finding a common bond in the praise of the Lord.Cultures may keep us apart but the love of God unites.

    The uploader is jaapdesticker(sounds Dutch to me).I’d love to get hold of the whole concert but I can’t find it anywhere.

    Pob hwyl(all the best, or words to that effect)

  5. MP – thanks, you’re too kind, as ever. Grandmere Mimi – my pleasure. As a matter of fact I don’t have Casals doing the Bach concertos so you’ve inspired me to buy it myself. Result all round!!

  6. okey dokey, I’m going to take the risk and ask this, even though I hear all the machinery of a Grand Theory creaking loudly into earshot.

    MP: why is Bach not a classical composer? …

    (folds arms. Stands back)

  7. oh, I get what you’re getting at, MP – I thought you were going to come out with something much more esoteric than that. Yes, though Bach is obviously classical in the small-c sense – the very broad sense in which the term classical is taken to cover everything from Gregorian chant to the modern era. But you are quite right, the word is also used in a narrower sense, a bit like small and big-C conservative. All of these distinctions are a bit artificial though, in a way. It’s not like there was a loud gong one day and Mozart looked up and thought, “Hello, the Classical era has started, I’d better get busy.”

  8. I disagree. Classical music is elitist. If you go back to the pre-Baroque era there is no division between art music and popular music, other than divisions like church/secular. In my opinion Bach was a popular composer who happened to work mostly in the religion industry. However, it was during the Baroque period that music started to go off in two directions – the popular and the elitist. Structurally and melodically, baroque and earlier music is far more similar to modern popular music than it is to Beethoven, for example.

  9. yeah, but I’m not talking about that – we could debate that one for hours. All I’m talking about is the way music is broadly classified if you walk into, say, HMV, looking for CDs. They have a section labelled “classical”, and everyone knows what you will find in there. If I tell someone who doesn’t know me, “I like classical music,” they know exactly what I mean. Whether that use of the term is so broad that it is misleading or not is another question – one that I wasn’t addressing.

    It’s Valentine’s Day! What are you doing arguing about Bach on the blog, you should be off quaffing champagne with Mrs MP.

    wv – coseli – as in Coseli Fan Tutte

  10. But I use phrases like “people who pretend to like classical music.” I wouldn’t want early music fans to think I’m calling them pretentious because of the laxness of your definitions. Early music fans and musicians are much more fun than their classical eqivalent. For a start, they drink a lot more.

  11. For a start, they drink a lot more

    Oooo, not if you’re going by me and my friends, they don’t.

    All of the early music fans I know, including me, also adore the music of later eras as well. There’s no dividing line. And no one is pretending.

    Also, MP, I’m not being lax in my use of the word classical, and you know I’m not. The word can be used to mean more than one thing, as I’ve already said.

    I am, once again, spending my evening watching Mad Men while arguing with Mad Priest.

  12. no MP – but I do, and so does every other early music fan I know. There’s no rule that says you can only like one or the other. I utterly love the whole shebang, from Gregorian chant through to some very recent stuff.

    But if you are a big early music fan … can we have some more of it on OCICBW??

  13. I think I understand you, though – are you saying you’re heavily swayed in your choice of music by what portion of the society it was aimed at? So it doesn’t matter to you whether it’s beautiful or not – or, even more than that, you don’t find it beautiful if you think of it as elitist?

  14. No, Cathy. I think we’ve already established the fact that although you may absolutely adore the early stuff, you are only pretending to like the “classical” stuff.

    I wish you’d pay more attention.

  15. No. It doesn’t matter who it’s aimed at. It’s the arty fartyness of the music that bores me. No way does anyone really like classical operas – it’s like saying you like having your teeth drilled. But I like quite a lot of modern art music because a lot of modern composers have gone back to using both melody and rhythm.

  16. No way does anyone really like classical operas – it’s like saying you like having your teeth drilled

    Trust me, I do, and always have. When I was in my early teens I went and got a vile job at McDonalds just so I could afford to buy boxed sets of opera on LP, not extracts, the entire opera, which I then insisted on playing to my bemused family, who didn’t know what the hell I was on about. And I still feel exactly the same way about them today (operas, not my family), which is why I would live on rice and toast and walk to work before I stop going to Covent Garden as often as I can.