Popular Jazz & Easy Listening From The Capitol Vaults

Kandace Springs by Mathieu Bitton
I went down to the vaults of Capitol and affiliated labels, like Blue Note, EMI, Stateside, Liberty and United Artists again to dig up some hidden treasures!

Next month singer, songwriter and pianist Kandace Springs will release her debut album ‘Soul eyes’ on Blue Note. Produced by Grammy-winning producer Larry Klein (Lizz Wright, Melody Gardot, Joni Mitchell, Herbie Hancock), the album touches upon soul and pop while channeling her jazz influences as well as her Nashville upbringing. Kandace's heroes are Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Roberta Flack and Norah Jones, so it's no wonder that you can hear a little bit of 'The first time I ever saw your face' and 'Lady sings the blues' in her new single, the title-track of 'Soul eyes'.

Gene Pitney's dramatic version of 'Twenty-four hours from Tulsa (written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David) reached the US top 20 in autumn 1963. The lyrics are about a guy who breaks up with his woman by writing a letter ("Dearest, darling"), because he has fallen in love on the road, "only 24 hours from Tulsa". It was later covered by Dusty Springfield with excellent results. Gene Pitney made a come-back in 1988 when he sang 'Something's gotten hold of my heart' as a duet with Marc Almond, the former Soft Cell singer. Their version became a number one single in the UK for four weeks in January 1989. Gene Pitney died on April 5 2006, the night after a show in Cardiff, Wales.

By the way, the track by John Barry was actually realeased on Columbia Records and not on United Artists as I presumed. He later released his records on United Artists, like 'Goldfinger' by Shirley Bassey, so 'Beat girl' is strictly spoken not from the Capitol archives...  For the purists who want to hear 'Goldfinger' I uploaded this version: Popular Jazz & Easy Listening From The Capitol Vaults (available for a limited period of time).

Anyway, enjoy this new part of 'The Capitol Vaults'! :-)


Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly ‎– Back In Stride (1985)
Mel Tormé – Games People Play (1969)
Benny Spellman – Fortune Teller (1962)
Gene Pitney – 24 Hours From Tulsa (1964)
Timi Yuro – Hurt (1961)
Nina Simone – The House Of The Rising Sun (Live At The Village Gate) (1962)
April Stevens – Do It Again (1965)
Julie London – Black Coffee (1960)
Kandace Springs – Soul Eyes (2016)
Lonnie Smith – Psychedelic Pi (1970)
Lou Rawls – Dead End Street (1967)
Marlena Shaw – Last Tango In Paris (1973)
The Johnny Mann Singers – Heart Full Of Soul (1968)
Peggy Lee – Everyday People (1969)
Billy May – Mission Impossible (1972)
John Barry – Beat Girl (1960)
The Exciters – Tell Him (1963)
The Hollyridge Strings – I Get Around / California Girls (1964)
Brass Construction – Love (1975)


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