Isley Brothers: This Old Heart Of Mine
My twitter mate Graham Bentley loves classic Tamla.
Here are his five fave tracks.
This Old Heart Of Mine: Isley Brothers
Straight from the drum fill intro, this is a dancefloor filler. Ronald Isley's vocal is one of the unforgettable sounds of 60's soul.
Going To A Go Go: Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Another dance classic, and again brilliant drumming kicks it off. This is just so full of energy, you can picture the mass of bodies moving to the irresistable beat that took the US and then the world by storm in the 1960s.
Just Walk In My Shoes: Gladys Knight and the Pips
Oh, this just gets better! Keep Diana Ross, Gladys was the cream of the female Tamla roster who never got the recognition she deserved. Full, rich, strong voice, great arrangement and again a beat that you just have to dance to.
Road Runner: Jr Walker and the All Stars
'Money, who needs it? Gonna live my life free and easy' and so starts one of the finest slab of soul ever recorded. Jr Walker, or Autry DeWalt Mixon to give him his birth name, might not be the greatest singer, but once he puts the tenor sax to his mouth, this classic track is taken to another level. If you lived the life you loved and loved the life you lived, this is for you!
Just A Little Misunderstanding: The Contours
Earlyish (1966) Motown, raw, energetic and helped by the great piano lines from Earl Van Dyke. The Contours never gained the fame their hard work and fine voices deserved. Maybe it was a little misunderstanding.
- Mary Wells: My Guy
- Al Green soul classics
- Aretha Franklin: House That Jack Built
- Gene McDaniels: Tower of strength and talent
- Small Faces: Itchycoo Park
- Ray Charles: I Can't Stop Loving You
- Solomon Burke: Cry To Me
- Al Green: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart
- Aretha Franklin: Spanish Harlem
- The Temptations: I Know I'm Losing You