Yes, things couldn’t look brighter over here at PDD central (my remote, undisclosed bunker location in the deserts of Southern Arizona). My man Barack Obama just got elected as president of the United States, I have a very promising lead on a job, and my mom just bought some of those awesome lemongrass egg rolls from Trader Joe’s! Speaking of Barack Obama winning the election …
Yes. It’s clear that, no matter what Obama accomplishes in his first term, he’s already shattered a glass ceiling that I honestly didn’t think would be accomplished so soon in my lifetime. Time to rub it in Europe’s snooty face, people!
What else is clear is that, after Tuesday, and despite the fact that Obama’s presidency may inevitably disappoint those of us on the left, America officially has soul. Yep, it’s been a long ride, from Elvis Presley getting rich off stolen black music to white kids embarrassing themselves by trying to rap to the reverse pendulum of black guys embarrassing themselves trying to rock to both races achieving each admirably. I’ve assembled for you another groovy soul mix of late-’60s/early-’70s tracks to celebrate Obama’s victory and the fact that America got soul. America got soul!
I’ve been trying to cut back on the number of tracks in my mixes, but I couldn’t help myself this week and kinda went overboard—there’s 34 tracks and over 2 hours of music here folks! Help yourself!
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01. Michael McDonald — “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” We’ve all heard the Stevie Wonder version of this jam about a million times this election season, so in the spirit of bi-racial unity, I thought I’d let Michael McDonald take this one. (Also, I just noticed this: At the end where he starts jamming on the outro, ol’ Mike sings, “I’m a real broken man, baby!” but it sounds like he’s saying “I can be your fuckin’ man, baby!” Listen for it. Hilarious.)
02. The Jackson 5 — “2-4-6-8″ Awesome jam from the band’s second album, ABC.
03. The Voices of East Harlem — “No No No” From the group’s 1970 album Right on Be Free.
04. Patrizia & Jimmy — “Trust Your Child, Pt. 1″ From Numero Group’s Home Schooled compilation. The kids, they know what’s up.
05. Nina Simone — “Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter” This is an awesome, incredibly funky percussion-filled live track.
06. WAR — “The Cisco Kid” From the band’s album The World Is a Ghetto.
07. Gil Scott-Heron — “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” Oh but it was, it was, Gil.
08. Thelma Houston — “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” Found this cool Stones cover when I was researching Jimmy Webb, with whom I am currently obsessed. Webb produced the album on which this song appeared, Sunshower.
09. Betty Harris — “Mean Man” That ol’ McCain, he was a mean man. Mean ol’ man!
10. Eddie Ray — “Wait a Minute” This gem is from the aforementioned Numero Group’s Prix Label compilation. Prix is a long-forgotten soul label located in Columbus, OH.
11. Curtis Mayfield — “Wild and Free” I may have used this song on a previous mix, but I don’t care, it’s damn good.
12. Isaac Hayes — “Ellie’s Love Theme” From his monumental Shaft soundtrack. RIP!
14. Bobby Bland — “Ain’t No Love In the Heart of the City” Of course sampled by Kanye West on Jay-Z’s “Heart of the City (Ain’t No Love)”, and, weirdly enough, covered by Whitesnake in the ’70s.
15. Bill Withers — “Who Is He (And What Is He to You)” Great record from the same album as “Lean on Me”, Still Bill.
16. Rodriguez — “Sugar Man” To its credit, Pitchfork really does highlight some of the best compilations and reissues that come out, which might otherwise remain unheard of. Its high praise of the reissue of obscure Hispanic soul/rocker Rodriguez’s Cold Fact album made me pick it up, and yes, it’s awesome.
17. Booker T. and the MG’s — “Hang ‘Em High” A cover of the theme from the Clint Eastwood film of the same name.
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18. Isaac Hayes — “Never Can Say Goodbye” Let’s all hope this isn’t the song Sarah Palin is singing to herself these next few weeks …
19. Robert Knight — “Everlasting Love” Don’t worry, I’ll find a way to work in yet another version of “Everlasting Love” in a future mix!
20. The 5th Dimension — “Paper Cup” Yep, another Jimmy Webb song! Totally ’60s.
21. Skull Snaps — “It’s a New Day” This song’s first bar is more well-known than the song itself. It’s sampled in Gang Starr’s “Take It Personal”, Camp Lo’s “Cooley High”, Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s “Hippa to da Hoppa”, Lords of the Underground’s “Funky Child”, and Diamond D’s “Sally Got a One Track Mind”, to name a few.
22. Barbara Acklin — “Am I the Same Girl?” This song is better known in its instrumental for by Young-Holt Unlimited.
23. The Meters — “Live Wire” Gotts ta gets funkie.
24. Ray Charles — “What’d I Say Parts I & II” What’d I say? I couldn’t hear. I must’ve gone deaf for a second there. Seriously, what did I just say right then? What was it? Yeah. That’s right, bitch.
25. Marva Whitney — “It’s My Thing (Pt. 1)” Produced in 1969 by the king of crazy, James Brown.
26. James Brown — “Funky President (People It’s Bad)” This song was written in 1974 about the then-universally despised Richard Nixon. But I think we can agree that Barack Obama will be our first truly funky president.
27. The Temptations — “Ball of Confusion” Tropic Thunder opens with a pretty sweet usage of this song. It’s the bees knees!
28. The Jackson 5 — “Doctor My Eyes” It’s weird that a young Michael Jackson was asked to sing a song with such mature content. It’s also somehow way better than even the original Jackson Browne version.
29. The Impressions — “This Is My Country” Title says it all.
30. Marvin Gaye — “Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)” HOLLA!
31. Billy Paul — “Me and Mrs. Jones” Yes. This is grindin’ music.
32. The Five Stairsteps — “O-O-H Child” The other family band at Motown.
33. Aretha Franklin & King Curtis — “Bridge Over Troubled Water” A cover of the Simon & Garfunkel song, which itself was weirdly the campaign song of the failed 1972 McGovern campaign. Kind of a downer to use as a campaign song.
34. Sam Cooke and the Soul Stirrers — “Come and Go to That Land” Just what you need to close it out …