Car Boot Vinyl Diaries

Car Boot Vinyl Diaries

Sunday, 20 May 2012

I know you got soul

Today's car boot sale was disappointing in both the weather (grey and chilly) and the lack of vinyl.  Luckily things were better a fortnight ago and I found a couple of decent albums over the bank holiday weekend.

Candi Staton - Young Hearts Run Free (1976)

Young Hearts Run Free was Candi's fifth album, coming two allbums after the excellent 'Candi Staton' that I found at a boot sale last year and her second with Warner Brothers after leaving Fame.  The title track reached no.2 in the UK and no.20 in the US and is a disco classic that has been covered by several other artists.

Candi has a voice like no-one else; it manages to convey heartbreak and strength, vulnerability and determination, pain and grace, all in the space of a few syllables.

Next was James Brown:

James Brown - Soul Classics (1972)

An excellent compilation, this album was pressed in Italy, hence the sleeve notes:

The songs span his career from the sixties throught to the early seventies, including what some call the first true funk song; his 1967 hit single Cold Sweat.  It's a fab collection of R&B, soul and funk and a great introduction to his music.

Top tracks:      james brown soul classics


  1. Young Hearts Run Free is one of my favourite songs ever. It always seemed quite a sad song to me.....

  2. I agree. How can a song filled with such regret sound so joyful?