Check out this hit by Diana Ross and the Supremes, 1966. Nice, isn’t it? Love this melody. So fresh.
A tune you can still play at your party tonight and get everybody dancing, 40 years later. This song, like most classics, is based on some very versatile elements, both melodical and rhytmic. You can make every kind of variation and it will always sound good.
Ken Boothe is reggae’s number 1 soulman, and here he proves it once again. His voice is magic and this Studio One 7 minutes version is almost hypnotic. Not to mention the warm bassline and the flawless dub section. It’s very intersting how Jamaican producers used to manipulate records, creating dubs to extend songs so they could play them all night long. Thats how DJ culture was born, back in the days in the Caribbeans.
And there’s also this cover version with italian lyrics by a band called “I Ribelli” , Adriano Celentano‘s stage band at the time. Let’s watch the video, I find their instumental intro quite intriguing, at least until they start singing. (Our moms will be proud of us: we are finally posting a video by Ricky Gianco‘s band! Just when they thought there was no hope left for their sons, stuck endlessly on afro-american music.)
And after the clip, check out the same italian version performed by the Supremes (why don’t they do this anymore? I want new Sade album in italian!)
Finally, here’s a crazy psych version by New York band the Tea Company from 1968. It’s a really pleasant 8-minute trip, more info and DL link here.