In 2011 an album was released by three musicians which was quite novel. They took vocal tracks from obscure songs by Brian Wilson, John Lennon and John Martyn amongst others and re-imagined them. What the guys did was put the vocal tracks to music that they thought suited it best which sometimes meant that the tracks were completely in the style of the artist in the period when the vocal was laid down or on others to the sounds that they imagined suited the vocal style best and therefore the Billy McKenzie track comes out all Memphis '66. The album for me is a mixed bag with one track that is head and shoulders above the rest where the lead vocal by Jean Terrell of a 1972 Supremes song from
Not quite, a couple of years ago while scouring the northern singles on ebay. I saw an auction for a 7" of your own choice, All you needed to do was pay the money send the two tracks you wanted on the 7" and in a couple of days you would receive your record. I decided to try it out and ordered the single with two extremely hard to find northern songs, Indian Giver by the Chantelles and In The Same Old Way by Scottie Williams. In under a week the single arrived and I nervously put it on the turntable expecting the quality to be rubbish but it wasn't, it was perfectly adequate for a boot. So I immediately put in another order and there was no question what one of the songs would be, it had to be Jean 1. The other side was a lot trickier, there were loads of northern tracks that could go on it but I eventually picked Harder Than You Think by Public Enemy which up until that point had only been released on vinyl as a 12" single I had only ever seen for sale once with a price tag of ninety quid, it was subsequently released on RSD 2013 as a secret single which is even rarer. I decided after this single not to order any more as it could have become a costly business at £20 a pop.
White Label - Jean 1
and here is the original. Compare and contrast