Della Reese is a name that is probably best known in soul/mod circles with her release of “It Was A Very Good Year” which became hugely popular on dancefloors across the U.K. The song I bring you today is her take on the Gene McDaniels penned “Compared To What” made popular by Roberta Flack and covered by many other artists including Brian Auger, Ray Charles and Eddie Harris & Les McCann. In fact, there’s been well over 200 different artists who have recorded it!
This version has really funky, choppy guitars and a great horn section which when added to Della’s sultry vocals gives a very unique sound. This is probably about as funky as Reese gets on any of her 45s so if you can track down a copy (which shouldn’t really be too difficult) I’d strongly recommend you do!
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