All Aboard! The Summer Soul Express

Tomorrow I'm going to take the train to go on holiday for a few days, That trip and the footage of Mayer Hawthorne on Facebook gave me the inspiration for this mix about trains, a 'soul train', to quote Little Richard (Richard Wayne Penniman). He is surely one of the original rock & roll greats. In the early 1950s Little Richard merged the fire of gospel with New Orleans Rhythm & Blues, which later would be called rock & roll. While numerous other temporary artists had been moving in the same direction, none of them matched the sheer electricity of Richard's vocals. With his bullet-speed deliveries, ecstatic trills, and the overjoyed force of personality in his singing, he was crucial in upping the voltage from high-powered Rhythm & Blues into the similar, yet different, guise of rock & roll. Although he was only a hitmaker for a couple of years or so, his influence upon both the soul (James Brown) and British Invasion stars of the 1960s (The Beatles) was vast. And his early hits, like 'Lucille', 'Tutti Frutti' and 'Good Golly Miss Molly' remain core classics of the rock repertoire. A-wop-bom-a-loo-mop-a-lomp-bom-bom!! (Source: Allmusic.com).

Enjoy this soul train ride and see you next week! Picture from Sam Henley.

Tracklist:

Quasimoto – Astronaut (2013)
Mayer Hawthorne – The Only One (2013)
Yello – Trackless Deep (2009)
Neville Brothers – Mystery Train (1990)
American Gypsy – Central Station (1975)
Beverly Ann – He’s Coming Home (1967)
Maldoon – One Way Ticket (1973)
The Sonnets – Blue Train (2010)
Ultra High Frequency – We´re On The Right Track [A Tom Moulton Mix] (2010)
The Three Degrees – Midnight Train (1975)
Tyrone Davis – One Way Ticket (1971)
Area Code – Duke’s Train 1979)
Traks – Long Train Running (1982)
Dance Reaction – Disco Train (1981)
52nd Street – Express (1982)
Gino Dentie And The Family – Express (1976)
Munich Machine – Get On The Funk Train Pt.1 (1977)
Intercity Sound Association – City Train (1976)
Little Richard – Soul Train (1968)
Don Thomas – Come On Train (1973)
Bill Withers – Railroad Man (1974)

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