Soul Sides, Vol. 2: The Covers
Zealous Records continues to amaze with another brilliant compilation of classic soul tracks, Soul Sides, Vol. 2: The Covers. The 14 tracks range in style from old-school funk to smoother grooves. There are many highlights to the collection, but stand out tracks include Sharon Cash’s horn-inflected “Fever,” Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra’s “Che Che Cole” and El Michaels Affair’s bass-heavy “Walk On By.”
The collection reaches its pinnacle with three tracks in particular, juxtaposed to showcase the reach of classic soul music. Al Green’s signature warmth is on full display in his rendition of “I Want to Hold your Hand.” Marcia Griffiths’ impeccable phrasing on “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” compliments the lyrical simplicity to create a rich, emotional track. But it is Esther Phillips’ “Home is Where the Hatred Is” that steals the show. Phillip’s shows off her considerable musical gifts on this most emotionally raw song. All in all, the disc is a must-have for soul music lovers.