Barry White & Love Unlimited Orchestra – Love’s theme

If you’re of a certain age this could have been the theme tune to your youth if you were into soul music in 1973:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=0If2j-egRm8

Barry White, sometimes referred to as the poor man’s Isaac Hayes, with his only well known instrumental track which still sounds great many years on from its launch into music legend.

Just take a minute to look at all those session musicians in the orchestra. They probably earned just a few Dollars for their performance whilst White would have been cashing it in so to speak.

A piece that Maghull Wind Orchestra could take on I wonder?

My top 10 live music performances

My good friend and fellow blogger Phil Holden often posts about music and occasionally I do too. In recent times I have really begun to appreciate that the only way you can tell really great musicians is by how they perform live, so here are my 10 best live performances, in no particular order:-

Bobby WomackI Wish He Didn’t Trust Me So Much
www.youtube.com/watch?v=c2NXqi2xBBo

Candy DulferDon’t Go
www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_5ccXi2RCs

Isaac Hayes & Soul II SoulPapa was a Rollin’ Stone
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppleGn1LppM

Cris ReaJosephine
www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaXbs6nN8OY

Joan Osborne & The Funk Brothers – What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted
www.youtube.com/watch?v=gA0GcXV2njY

Snake Davis Band – Going home – Theme from Local Hero
www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJM5w9utmt4

Isaac Hayes – ‘Your love is so doggone good’ from Wattstax 1972
I can’t track down a live video of this song so here’s the album version which, whilst being good, does not have the raw energy of the live performance at Wattstax in 1972 that’s available on CD
www.youtube.com/watch?v=1-oHYHVbRHk

Keiko Matsui – Forever, Forever
www.youtube.com/watch?v=XzqsWxau_gI

The Rippingtons – She likes to watch
www.youtube.com/watch?v=7en3HLWcq3w

Bob James – Mind Games
www.youtube.com/watch?v=qP52BVOlbtM

For a bit on context I’ve seen Issac Hayes, The Rippingtons, Chris Rea, The Funk Brothers, Bob James and The Snake Davis Band live over the years.

Isaac Hayes – ‘Your love is so doggone good’ from Wattstax 1972

The other day I was asked by friends Brian Keoghan and Chris Reilly what my favourite song/tune of all time is.

I found it hard to answer at the time as there are so many great songs that I like but after some consideration I am plumping for Isaac Hayes live version of ‘Your love is so doggone good’ written by Difosco Ervin & Rudy Love. The version I refer to is the one from Isaac’s set at Wattstax in 1972. There’s a studio version of it on his Black Moses double album of 1971 but I like the raw energy of the one from the Wattstax set.

Here’s a link to Isaac’s Wattstax album, the track is at 20min 30sec.*

www.youtube.com/watch?v=qcJ2KPDtbt8&t=184s

If you want to know about the significance of the Wattstax concerts this Wikipedia link is quite informative:-

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wattstax

* Sadly the youtube video has since been deleted

My life heroes – Kennedy x 2, Randall and Hayes

www.libdemvoice.org/jim-wallaces-inaugural-charles-kennedy-memorial-lecture-charles-legacy-should-be-a-call-to-refresh-our-radicalism-48337.html#utm_source=daily&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=email

Without having to think too deeply my life heroes will easily trip off my tongue; music – Isaac Hayes, cricket – Derek Randall and 2 Kennedy’s (Ludovic and Charles).

Isaac Hayes introduced me to soul and funk around 1970 and I never tire of listening to his music, especially when driving. To Be Continued must be the best of his albums; strings, brass and his deep southern cotton belt voice.

Derek Randall was the jack in a box Nottinghamshire cricketer who played many test matches for England. Probably the best fielder of his generation world-wide I loved to watch him on TV, although Geoff Boycott broke my heart when he ran Derek out at Trent Bridge!

But what about the 2 Kennedy blokes and no one was not a former President of the USA. My Kennedy chaps are Ludovic and of course Charles. Ludovic’s writings brought home to me two things, that our legal/justice system gets things horribly wrong at times and he opened my eyes (which were already hugely sceptical of religion) to being an atheist.

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Charles Kennedy was probably the best left of centre political leader that we have seen in the UK in a very long time and like the former Truro MP David Penhaligon he did not seem to have a genuine enemy in the world. When Charles died earlier this year the world stopped and took notice for a moment. This was not just another party political hack that had died it was Charles Kennedy.

The link at the top of this posting is to a memorial lecture given by former Orkney and Shetland MP Jim Wallace in praise of Charles Kennedy. It is long but if you have the time it is worth the time.