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Various Artists|Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack  (Live at the Harlem Cultural Festival, 1969)

Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Live at the Harlem Cultural Festival, 1969)

Various Artists

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Drummer, bandleader and producer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson added filmmaker to his virtuosic list of credits with the 2021 documentary Summer of Soul. His directorial debut focuses on the 1969 Harlem Culture Festival, which included a series of free weekly concerts that captured the spectrum of Black music in an American landscape steeped in palpable change and division. Questlove has curated 17 live tracks to serve as the documentary’s soundtrack, culled from over 40 hours of mostly previously unreleased and unheard footage of the nearly-forgotten event. (The film is a must-see.) There’s psychedelic soul on opener "Uptown" by The Chambers Brothers, smoking Afro-Cuban jazz of Mongo Santamaria and Ray Barretto, and razor-sharp guitar tones from B.B. King on "Why I Sing the Blues." The sea change gospel music was experiencing at the time is represented from the radio-friendly sounds of The Edwin Hawkins Singers’ "Oh Happy Day" and The Staples Singers’ "It’s Been a Change" to a revelatory duet with Mavis Staples and her mentor Mahalia Jackson, backed by the Operation Breadbasket Orchestra & Choir on the Thomas Dorsey standard "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." Performances from two of the most dynamic artists of the era close out the soundtrack: Sly & The Family Stone lays waste to the stage with powerful versions of "Sing a Simple Song" and "Everyday People," while High Priestess Nina Simone brings it home with "Backlash Blues" and a heartfelt reading of the poem "Are You Ready." The upstate festival of Summer 1969 may be more well-known, but Questlove has done us a great service in bringing another celebration of culture, pride and music—just 100 miles away— to light. © Rick Banales/Qobuz

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Summer Of Soul (...Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Live at the Harlem Cultural Festival, 1969)

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1
Uptown (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
The Chambers Brothers
00:06:07

B. Mabry, Composer, Lyricist - The Chambers Brothers, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

2
Why I Sing the Blues (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
B.B. King
00:02:20

B.B. King, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Clark, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

3
Don't Cha Hear Me Callin' To Ya (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
The 5th Dimension
00:03:31

Rudy Stevenson, Composer, Lyricist - The 5th Dimension, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

4
Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
The 5th Dimension
00:06:54

Gerome Ragni, Composer, Lyricist - James Rado, Composer, Lyricist - Galt Macdermot, Composer, Lyricist - The 5th Dimension, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

5
My Girl (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
David Ruffin
00:05:48

Ronald White, Composer, Lyricist - William Robinson Jr., Composer, Lyricist - David Ruffin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

6
Oh Happy Day (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
The Edwin Hawkins Singers
00:03:56

The Edwin Hawkins Singers, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Edwin Hawkins, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

7
It's Been A Change (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
The Staple Singers
00:03:20

Roebuck Staples, Composer, Lyricist - The Staple Singers, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

8
Precious Lord, Take My Hand (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
The Operation Breadbasket Orchestra & Choir
00:08:57

THOMAS A. DORSEY, Composer, Lyricist - Mavis Staples, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mahalia Jackson, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Operation Breadbasket Orchestra & Choir, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The Operation Breadbasket Orchestra & Choir feat. Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

9
I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
Gladys Knight & The Pips
00:04:35

Barrett Strong, Composer, Lyricist - Norman Whitfield, Composer, Lyricist - Gladys Knight & The Pips, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

10
Watermelon Man (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
Mongo Santamaria
00:05:17

HERBIE HANCOCK, Composer, Lyricist - Mongo Santamaria, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

11
Together (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
Ray Barretto
00:04:41

Ray Barretto, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

12
Hold On, I'm Comin' (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
Herbie Mann
00:07:03

Isaac Hayes, Composer, Lyricist - Herbie Mann, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - David Porter, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

13
Sing a Simple Song (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
Sly & The Family Stone
00:05:28

Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvester Stewart, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

14
Everyday People (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
Sly & The Family Stone
00:02:32

Sly & The Family Stone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sylvester Stewart, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

15
Africa (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
Abbey Lincoln
00:03:15

John Coltrane, Composer, Lyricist - Abbey Lincoln, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

16
Backlash Blues (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
Nina Simone
00:03:07

Nina Simone, Composer, Lyricist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Langston Hughes, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2022 69 Harlem Music LLC

17
Are You Ready (Summer of Soul Soundtrack - Live at the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival)
Nina Simone
00:07:01

David Nelson, Composer, Lyricist - Nina Simone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

(P) 2021 69 Harlem Music LLC

Album Description

Drummer, bandleader and producer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson added filmmaker to his virtuosic list of credits with the 2021 documentary Summer of Soul. His directorial debut focuses on the 1969 Harlem Culture Festival, which included a series of free weekly concerts that captured the spectrum of Black music in an American landscape steeped in palpable change and division. Questlove has curated 17 live tracks to serve as the documentary’s soundtrack, culled from over 40 hours of mostly previously unreleased and unheard footage of the nearly-forgotten event. (The film is a must-see.) There’s psychedelic soul on opener "Uptown" by The Chambers Brothers, smoking Afro-Cuban jazz of Mongo Santamaria and Ray Barretto, and razor-sharp guitar tones from B.B. King on "Why I Sing the Blues." The sea change gospel music was experiencing at the time is represented from the radio-friendly sounds of The Edwin Hawkins Singers’ "Oh Happy Day" and The Staples Singers’ "It’s Been a Change" to a revelatory duet with Mavis Staples and her mentor Mahalia Jackson, backed by the Operation Breadbasket Orchestra & Choir on the Thomas Dorsey standard "Precious Lord, Take My Hand." Performances from two of the most dynamic artists of the era close out the soundtrack: Sly & The Family Stone lays waste to the stage with powerful versions of "Sing a Simple Song" and "Everyday People," while High Priestess Nina Simone brings it home with "Backlash Blues" and a heartfelt reading of the poem "Are You Ready." The upstate festival of Summer 1969 may be more well-known, but Questlove has done us a great service in bringing another celebration of culture, pride and music—just 100 miles away— to light. © Rick Banales/Qobuz

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