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Goldmine of songs

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Issue 1679

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Goldmine of songs

By Martin Smith

STAND UP and Be Counted is a new compilation album of funk, soul and jazz tracks inspired by the struggle for black civil rights in the US during the 1960s. This album is a little goldmine. Songs like James Brown’s “Say It Loud-I’m Black and I’m Proud” and Gill Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” are well known.

But less well known songs on the album, like The Pharaohs’ “Freedom Road” and Archie Shepp’s “Blues for Brother George Jackson”, are just as passionate. The music conveys the spirit of the period. The album ends with Nina Simone’s rousing interpretation of “I Wish I Knew How it Would Feel to be Free”. If you have never heard it before, you are in for a real treat. Stand Up and Be Counted should be in everybody’s record collection.

  • Stand Up and Be Counted: Soul, Funk and Jazz from a Revolutionary Era, 12.99, HurtCD.

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