Marlena Shaw – California Soul [1969]

Speaking of Marlena Shaw, she is by far one of my all time favourite vocalists. He voice is so smooth and powerful when needed its bloody fabulous. The track itself is taken from Marlena’s 1969 album “Spice Of Life” and your doing yourself a serious disservice by not owning it as its absolutely fantastic. The tune itself, for me at least, is the best on the album – a classic slice of soul with a melody that warms just like the sun out here does. Awesome.

From Wikipedia
“California Soul” is a pop-soul tune written by Ashford & Simpson, issued originally as a single by American pop quintet The Fifth Dimension in late 1968. It was also covered by Motown vocal duo Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell the next year and was the duo’s last single together when released in early 1970. In 1969 Marlena Shaw also did a version of the song (on the album The Spice of Life, Cadet records) which is now featured in a Dockers commercial circa 2008 and an advert for Kentucky Fried Chicken in the UK .
The song is sampled by Gang Starr in their song “Check the Technique.”


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