Red Dog Music | Oct 9, 2018 | 0
Originals vs covers: Warm and Tender Love
Given that it is currently snowing sideways outside the window of Red Dog Towers, a wintry-themed return for blog favourite ‘Originals vs Covers’ seems appropriate.
While Percy Sledge may be best known for When a Man Loves a Woman, my personal Percy Sledge favourite is the beautiful Warm and Tender Love.
Released in 1966, not long after his biggest hit, Warm and Tender Love didn’t quite hit the same heights as its predecessor, making it to number 17 on the US Hot 100 and number 34 in the UK.
While Warm and Tender Love has been covered by artists from Elkie Brooks to Bruce Springsteen, it’s this version by the ad hoc group Reel and Soul Association that we’ve chosen to feature here.
Comprised of a stellar group of musicians including Fairport Convention’s Nigel Stonier and with vocal duties covered by Kellie While and Thea Gilmore, this cover album of US soul classics is a great listen, with this track and the versions of The Staple Singers Are You Sure and Sam & Dave’s When Something is Wrong With My Baby being my choice of stand-out tracks.
Ah, it’s good to get back to this originals vs covers thing, we’ve missed it. Now, let’s look forward to Guy’s pick next week…
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