Sounds To Get You Over The Hump

by Simon

Sounds For Sunday on a midweek! With the weather outside feeling more like November some little gems of sunshine for you. I’ve got some Aretha Franklin and some Stevie Wonder today.

First up is Aretha with ‘Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do), which is probably my all time favourite Aretha. I love the flute and the little skip in the rhythm when she sings ‘I’m gonna knock on your door’. It’s also for the most part very restrained for Aretha, which is something I like. I prefer subtle sometimes. It also features a writing credit by Stevie Wonder.

‘Nothings Too Good For My Baby’ comes from Stevie’s album ‘Up-tight’. It’s basically a rewrite of ‘Up-tight’ but what a song. It’s a classic stomper. Then I’ve a trio of Aretha tunes that are better known by other people. ‘Groovin’ is best known by The (Young) Rascals and the original ranks up amongst my all time favourite songs. I featured a version by Marvin Gaye a few weeks back. Then we’ve got Smokey’s classic ‘Tracks Of My Tears’. And a very sexy version of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell’s ‘You’re All I Need To Get By’. And just to round up the Aretha/Stevie connections we’ve Stevie’s groovy version of ‘Respect’.

I have to admit I’m on a bit of a alternate versions kick lately. I’ve been listening to the original versions of some of these songs for years and years. It’s kind of nice to hear a fresh version. Even if it’s not as good it brings new appreciation for the more familiar version.

A final extra tune in keeping with the alternate versions theme…Aretha’s, and Jimmy Ruffin’s versions of garage classic 96 Tears.

Aretha Franklin – Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)
Stevie Wonder – Nothings Too Good For My Baby
Aretha Franklin – Groovin’
Aretha Franklin – Tracks Of My Tears
Aretha Franklin – You’re All I Need To Get By
Stevie Wonder – Respect
Aretha Franklin – 96 Tears
Jimmy Ruffin – 96 Tears

And if you’re in the mood for some more, earlier Aretha head over to see Davy at The Ghost Of Electricity. He won't bite! Well maybe just a little....

Extra: Head over to Planet Mondo as well for an absolutely storming version of Say A Little Prayer....