SOUL – Tell It Like It Is

SOUL - Burning Spear

Today’s selection has to be up there as one of my favourite ever funk records. This is a track that took me quite a while to find a copy of – as far as I can tell it was only “released” as a promo and that would probably explain why it took me so long to get my hands on one. I think this is something that may have escaped under the radar of a lot of collectors, which thankfully for me, has meant that it was quite an inexpensive purchase!

SOUL – or as it’s more commonly spelt S.O.U.L. (which stands for Sounds Of Unity & Love) were a funk act who formed in Cleveland back in 1970. The band’s first big break was to come when they won first prize in a battle of a bands contest and scooped £1,000 as well as a record deal with Musicor Records. Their debut single entitled “Down In The Ghetto” was released the following year but it was to be another 2 years before they were able to cut their 1st LP – What It Is. This record featured covers of well-known funk, soul & jazz songs including Get Ready, Express Yourself and the song they became most known for amongst funk aficionados,the highly collectible Burning Spear.

They managed to record another LP before their split in 1975 (Can You Feel It) and it was this album that today’s pick comes from. This LP achieved small success and it saw the band start to write their own compositions with just 1 cover version – Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour”. After the split some of the band continued working in music, with one of the members writing for Earth, Wind & Fire whilst another was to join The Platters.

Leave a Reply