Young Gifted And Black (Coloured Vinyl)


Format: LP, Vinyl

Release date: 26 Feb 2021
Format: LP, Vinyl
Grade: New (About gradings)
SKU: 56167
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Released in January 1972 ‘Young Gifted and Black’ is rightly regarded as one of the Queen of Soul’s best and most successful albums. It includes the magnificent ballad ‘Oh my oh my’ , the superb floating mid tempo ‘Day Dreaming’ and ultra funky gem ‘Rock Steady’. Her gospel drenched cover of Nina Simone’s ‘Young gifted and black’ became an anthem for Afro American pride. Her version of the Gamble and Butler song ‘Brand new me’ is definitive and really swings along. Her uptempo take on the Bacharach David song ‘April Fools’ is uplifting and has become popular on the Modern Soul scene. The ballads ‘I’ve been loving you too long’ and ‘All the kings horses’ are also strong. The album was brilliantly produced by Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd and Arif Mardin and features a great line up of musicians including Donny Hathaway, Cornell Dupree, Chuck Rainey, Hubert Laws and Bernard Purdie backing singers including sisters Carolyn and Erma and the Sweet Inspirations but the real star is Aretha who is magnificent throughout this classic Soul album.

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