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25 Classic Rock Songs that I think Classic Soul Fans Like?

25 Classic Rock Songs that I think Classic Soul Fans Like? Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
The Ocean - Led Zeppelin
Frankenstien - Edgar Winter Group
Money - Pink Floyd
Long Train Running - Doobie Brothers
Miss You - Rolling Stones
Satsfaction - Rolling Stones
I Saw Her Standing There - Beatles
Daytripper - Beatles
Baby You Can Drive My Car - Beatles
Instant Karma - Plastic Ono Band
Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
American Woman - Guess Who
Hocus Pocus - Focus
The Joker - Steve Miller Band
Benny & the Jets - Elton John
Crocodile Rock - Elton John
Good Vibrations - Beach Boys
Your So Vain - Carly Simon
Down on the Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival
The Low Spark of High Heeled Boys - Traffic
Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen
Light My Fire - The Doors
Layla - Derek & The Dominos

I'm sure that there are others.
What do you think???

--Bob Davis


Book Review: "I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon" by Touré

Book Review: I didn't write this review. It was submitted to me by one of our longtime members, MS. Francine Elizabeth Natal, from Philadelphia.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a fan of Touré, but I am a fan of O<+)and obviously I am a fan of Francine :)

"I Would Die 4 U: Why Prince Became an Icon" by Touré (release date March 19, 2013)

A book review article by published freelance journalist, Francine Elizabeth Natal

INTRODUCTION: The life of a Legend is not easy for anyone to write about, nor is it a cinch to bind up delicate issues of their life in a book, doing such has its challenges; for instance one must consider what is best to give more emphasis to i.e. their life before stardom, their current social life and love interest, their family life in general, their entertainment/musical career, or all the above.

Synonymously musical artists in America are entertainers who become movie stars i.e. Prince: Purple Rain, Under the Cherry Moon, Graffiti Bridge and etc. . This gives the American musical artists a -larger than life- quality making them a "household name" and a face you won't forget.

In particular, when a book is written about an icon the stakes are set high with anticipation for it to be both controversial and a flop. Most people condemn the book before it has had a chance to be critically acclaimed. Preconceived notions will fester pre and post the first public, published book review. I say all this to say, the undaunting task of writing about how an icon assumed their status- is more easier said than done.

Ironically, the author Touré did not fail in his attempt to write a book about how The Artist- otherwise known as Prince arrived to his current status of a Legendary Musical Icon. Touré implies that The Artist- Prince did capitalize on his "bi-racial" or mixed appearance (although both of Prince's parents were Black, and there's no concrete evidence to disprove this, quoted Touré) to do such was a self-invested interest to dutifully promote his musical career. In other words, The Artist- Prince became "the master of his own fate" by unconventional clever means, ooh what a little lying will do. In the movie Purple Rain, Prince's mother is depicted as a White/Italian woman and his father as a Black man, Touré interviewed many people to learn facts about Prince and so he concludes that Prince has a mixed ethnic heritage but both of his parents are Black. Touré implies that Prince lied during a few of his first interviews to appease his audience i.e. he wanted his musical career to acquire stardom and efficient promotion, love and support from mainstream America and to do so meant he had to be more than just Black, he had to become Black and White.

For most of his musical career Prince has been known by many of his fans (and his haters alike) to be a "Control Freak" in that he is always "front and center" both on stage and off stage. In addition, one might suggest that Prince thrives on making mandates and dictating his career and life is his forte, pro or con he is his own worst critic. So then why did this book receive a "nod" from The Artist- otherwise known as Prince? Because Prince "the Royal Pain" was disclosed and his imperfections were exposed and who wouldn't mind their human side reveled over every once in a while when they have become a "demi-god"? Prince is royal in his presentation and choices, he makes us love him for his eccentric and somewhat unnerving delivery of what his take on life, love, customs, family, friendship, world crisis and etc. truly are; he keeps us guessing and we do want to guess what he is doing next.

The Artist- otherwise known as Prince has been known as both a sensual man as well as a spiritual man with religious values. The author Touré has masterfully wrote a book that impersonates The Artist- Prince so well that to read it and to understand what's written, one would perceive the experience such the like as having an up-close and personal interview with Prince (an open forum discussion).

In the book evidence is presented from apparent interviews with former band members, former girlfriends, friends, family and people whom were well acquainted with Prince from a child growing up in his birth town, even religious figures chimed in and gave their take on Prince- his mission- his evolution and his progressive efforts to impact a generation in need of revolution.

I recommend this book as a unique and compelling account of how The Artist- otherwise known as Prince assumed his legendary musical iconic status and the rites of passage from an ordinary musician to a legendary musical icon. To know Prince- the Artist is to understand his music and to embrace his message; you can't have one without the other.

The link to preview the book:

--Bob Davis


Quickie Album Review: Jimi Hendrix - People Hell and Angels

Please bear with me. This is going to be painful...

Jimi Hendrix - People Hell and Angels

1. Earth Blues 3:33
2. Somewhere 4:05
3. Hear My Train A Comin' 5:41
4. Bleeding Heart 3:58
5. Let Me Move You 6:50
6. Izabella 3:43
7. Easy Blues 5:57
8. Crash Landing 4:14
9. Inside Out 5:04
10. Hey Gypsy Boy 3:39
11. Mojo Man 4:07
12. Villanova Junction Blues

Before I get into this album, I need to give you once again the three categories of Hendrix fans in 2013:

a. FANATICS - People who already own (or seek to own) EVERY snippet of music that Hendrix ever was a part of.

b. MAJOR FANS - People who own several of the Hendrix original albums ("Are You Experienced," "Axis: Bold As Love," and "Electric Ladyland"), perhaps even a few of the posthumous releases (ex: "Rainbow Bridge," "Cry of Love," etc) and have pretty much decided to let his soul RIP (except when they dust off one of the old albums and shed a tear while listening.)

c. NEW FANS - Younger people (and some older people) who have just discovered Jimi Hendrix and are amazed by both POWER and SENSITIVITY of his music and are thirsting for more.

Obviously I am in "category a."
Which means that I get all twisted into a knot whenever I hear that something new from Experience Hendrix is on its way. Their track record has been mixed over the past 10 years or so...

It ranges from the magnificent & must have "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (4 disc set)" from a few years ago to the god awful "Band of Gypsy's Rehearsals" (which wasn't worth the plastic it was printed on) to the fantastic (if you are in "category c") "Jimi Hendrix/ Voodoo Child The JimiHendrix Collection."

I've now listened to Jimi Hendrix - "People Hell and Angels" two times all the way thru. Once on my home stereo system (yes I still use mine....LOL) and then again in the car.

There really isn't anything new here.
In fact, if you recognize the song titles, you have heard the songs before.

But it gets worse...
..If you are in "categories a or b" not only have you already heard those songs before, chances are you already own a better version of that song than the version that appears on the album Jimi Hendrix - People Hell and Angels.

The versions of the songs here on Jimi Hendrix - People Hell and Angels are completely inferior to the previous versions of these songs that have been released in the past.

I don't quite understand the purpose of this release.
I'm not going to go into the details on a song by song basis. It's too painful for me. I also don't have time to do that today. To do so would require me to pull out all of my Hendrix CD's & LP's plus a couple of reference books, so that I can cross-reference everything, so that I could tell you very specifically which album to go to in order to get the definitive versions of these songs.

Last time I did that, it took me over 4 hours to write the review.....LOL

After my second listen, I thought that perhaps I might be missing something, especially given all of the positive press the album has been getting over the past few weeks.

So I started looking around the internet. I found the following review on

2.0 out of 5 stars Inferior Versions Of Already Released Songs - Amateur Copy & Paste Work - For Completists Only., March 5, 2013
By Christopher Elliott (Corpus Christi, Texas) LINK

Chris does a very detailed song by song review and he is obviously a "category a" Hendrix fan. As another "category a" Hendrix fan, I can tell you that Chris's review is right on the money. He did what I don't have the time to do today. He did a very detailed track by track review (including cross-refrences)of an album that further makes the legacy of Experience Hendrix releases a "checkered one."

This product should have never been released.
Or if it had to be released, the album should have been called something like; "Jimi Hendrix: The Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel Collection."

--If you are a "category b or c" Hendrix fan, avoid this album at all costs. Just like having "bad sex," it might seem like a good idea at the moment, but you will be mad at yourself afterwards...

--If you are a "category a" Hendrix fan, you may need to own the album for purposes of cross-refrencing. But once you put it back into the CD case & back on the shelf, you will never listen to it again.

I read an interview with Eddie Kramer and he said this will be the LAST Jimi Hendrix studio recording released. Hopefully that means that we have truly reached the bottom of what has seemed like an endless barrel of stuff we don't need.

NP: "West Coast Seattle Boy: The Jimi Hendrix Anthology (4 disc set)"


--Bob Davis


PHILLY: LIVING COLOUR - 25TH Anniversary "Vivid" Tour@ Keswick Theatre (4/4/2013, 8pm)

PHILLY: LIVING COLOUR - 25TH Anniversary Vivid Tour@ Keswick Theatre (4/4/2013, 8pm)I'm really happy that Living Colour is coming to Philly. As you all know Soul-Patrol has partnered on many different projects over the years with the Black Rock Coalition. That kinda sorta makes Living Colour in some respects our "house band" :) Which is why when you go to the homepage of the first thing that you see, is a quote from Living Colour's Vernon Reid.

Come and participate in the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Living Colour's groundbreaking album called VIVID.

Last call before tickets are gone! Step back in time and step out with us on April 4th as 25 years after their landmark album Vivid was released, WXPN and Keswick Theatre Welcome Living Colour. They are back with the gritty soul/rock blend that is uniquely thier own.

Their mission, vision, ambition and brio on the bold, bodacious and bristling is still in-tact. Living Colour, a pro-social justice rock band made America's race, class and power conflicts into the meat and substance of its lyrics and their anti-oppression attitude paved the way for multi-racial rock bands. Proclamations of social discontent were clearly articulated in funky, big-footed and booming songs that were buffed up and beefed-up for world domination in a rock marketplace.

Get Tickets Now

--Bob Davis


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