Charles Bradley/Menahan Street Band - Changes - 2016 Modern Funk Soul Ltd. Ed. 180 Grm 2LP RIP

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Charles Bradley - Changes

Label: Dunham – DUN-1005,
Daptone Records – DAP-041
Daptone Records – DAP041
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Limited Edition, Gatefold
Shrink-wrapped double LP in gatefold sleeve
Country: US
Released: 01 Apr 2016
Genre: Funk / Soul
Style: Soul

Notes from 'blurb' sticker (in UPPERCASE and lowercase) on the front of the album shrink wrap:
This brand new full-length offering from "The Screaming Eagle Of Soul"
features his critically acclaimed rendition of Black Sabbath's Changes.

A1 Charles Bradley - God Bless America
A2 Charles Bradley - Good To Be Back Home
A3 Charles Bradley - Nobody But You
A4 Charles Bradley - Ain't Gonna Give Up
A5 Charles Bradley - Changes
A6 Charles Bradley - Ain't It A Sin

B1 Charles Bradley - Things We Do For Love
B2 Charles Bradley - Crazy For Your Love
B3 Charles Bradley - You Think I Don't Know (But I Know)
B4 Charles Bradley - Change For The World
B5 Charles Bradley - Slow Love

C1 Menahan Street Band - Revelations
C2 Menahan Street Band - Ain't Gonna Give It Up
C3 Menahan Street Band - Nobody But You
C4 Menahan Street Band - Things We Do For Love
C5 Menahan Street Band - Slow Love

D1 Menahan Street Band - Good To Be Back Home
D2 Menahan Street Band - Crazy For Your Love
D3 Menahan Street Band - You Think I Don't Know (But I
D4 Menahan Street Band - Changes

Bass – Nick Movshon
Design [Graphic] – High Tide
Drums, Art Direction – Homer Steinweiss
Engineer [Assistant], Mixed By [Assistant] – Joe Harrison
Mastered By – Carl Rowatti
Music By [Featuring] – Menahan Street Band (tracks: All tracks except A5 & A6)
Organ – Michael Deller
Other [Spiritual Guidance], Mixed By [Assistant] – Jens Jungkurth
Painting – Charles Bradley
Photography By [Cover] – Mark Shaw
Piano, Vibraphone, Mixed By [Assistant] – Victor Axelrod
Producer, Guitar, Bass, Organ, Percussion, Engineer, Mixed By – Thomas Brenneck
Saxophone, Organ, Flute – Leon Michels
Trumpet – David Guy*
Written-By – T. Brenneck* (tracks: All tracks except A1, A5, A6, & D4)

the whole Daptone label music scene. The whole theme they had was very authentically retro. It wasn't just the instrumental style of the music that came out of it. It was the sound of the recordings,even the old school film based photographic style of cover art. Charles Bradley (RIP) is their key male solo artist. And his chief musical influence was James Brown-even working part time impersonating the man. As for me I have his first two albums. And was very excited to pick up his third when it came out. Again,there's no disappointment.

The album opens with a partially spoken word,organ/piano based version of "God Bless America" where Bradly discussed the pros and cons of being black in this country. "Good To Be Back Home" is stomping,bluesy funk with phat electric guitar and horn accents throughout. "Nobody But You",the title song,"Crazy For Your Love" and the closer "Slow Love" are all reverbed guitar heavy ballads while "Ain't Gonna Give You Up" is a thick,slow deep funk groove with a bee like synthesizer buzzing. "Things We Do For Love" is a brightly melodic uptempo gospel/soul number filled with multiple backup singers and "You Think I Don't Know (But I Know" has the same vibe about it. "Change For The World" is an brief late 60's/early 70's Ike Hayes like psychedelic funk message song warning about the revival of segregationist racial behavior.

In a lot of ways,this might just be the very best album Charles Bradley has made thus far. The backup instrumentation of instrumentals such as the Budos Band provide a sound that is squarely in both the deep Southern soul and psychedelic funk sound of the late 60's. The vocals and arrangements are full of enormous drama as well. Bradley's voice,especially on his impassioned howls,are echoed intensely throughout nearly every song here. With a large focus on uptempo songs,this really brings out the full power of what this artist has had to offer up musically from his very outset.

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Condition New
Format 180 Gram
Label Daptone Records
Color Black