Speaking of badass falsettos, there’s a CD coming out on Tuesday that all Philly-soul fans should know about.
Veteran guitarist/songwriter/producer Bobby Eli conceived a project called 3 Tenors of Soul, bringing together ’70s balladeers Russell Thompkins, Jr. (the Sylistics), Will Hart (the Delfonics) and Ted Mills (Blue Magic). The resulting album is titled “All the Way from Philadelphia.”
Three tracks from this album are available as FREE MP3s on the 3 Tenors of Soul MySpace page.
The one I highly recommend is “How Could I Let You Get Away,” originally recorded by the Spinners for their classic 1972 album “Spinners.” Crazy as this sounds, I say the 3 Tenors version – with Thompkins singing lead – might be better than the original.
Listen for yourself on my Vox blog; just click here.
Russell Thompkins’ voice is still a wonderful thing. He sounds great on another of the free songs – “A Love of Your Own,” an old Average White Band ballad.
Unfortunately, you need to avoid the third free offering, a cover of Earth, Wind & Fire’s “Fantasy.” Ted Mills had no business messing around with some Philip Bailey.
This concludes my cavalcade of daily free-music links. If some of them blew past you, let me point you again to tracks by Susana Baca, Katie Webster, Angélique Kidjo, Gail Ann Dorsey, Toshi Reagon, Greg Osby, Corey Harris and Fay Victor.
Every now and then in the future, I’ll point you to some more free goodness.