Sounds For Sunday

by Simon

Weller’s 50 today. Happy Birthday!

Here’s some tunes you might know….

(The connection, for those of you who don’t know, is that Weller has performed versions of these in the past. Meeting Over Yonder was a regular in The Style Council’s set around 1984. Move On Up was released with Beat Surrender, The Jam’s last single back in 1982, and was, again, a regular Style Council live number. Heatwave was on The Jam’s Setting Sons album in 1979; Big Bird was on the Dig The New Breed live album in 1982 and Back In My Arms Again was on the b-side to The Modern World single all the way back in 1977…..
Here’s also three versions of War: Edwin Starr’s classic, a version by The Temptations and a reggae version by A Darker Shade Of Black, which achieved the impossible for me by making this song seem new. It takes it’s cues from the Temps version, especially the ‘hup 2,3,4 backing vocals. But I think I like it better!)

Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
Martha Reeves & The Vandellas – (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
The Impressions – Meeting Over Yonder
Eddie Floyd – Big Bird
Diana Ross & The Supremes – Back In My Arms Again
Edwin Starr – War
The Temptations – War
A Darker Shade Of Black – War