Covered #10: Soulful & Chilled Out Tribute To Yacht Rock

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A soulful and chilled out tribute to yacht rock is the 10th part of Covered. In my view yacht rock was some kind of West Coast rock variant of soul music (or a soulful variant of West Coast rock), which was played by blue-eyed-soul artists like The Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan and Hall & Oates. Because of its soulfulness quite a few R&B artists covered yacht rock songs in an even more soulful way, like Maxine Nightingale did with the Ned Doheny song. And the biggest heroes of Thundercat are Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald! His song ‘Show you the way’ came out last week.

Aretha Franklin’s version of ‘What a fool believes’ is nice and danceable, but for some reason it is not as intense and soulful as the one from Michael McDonald and the Doobie Brothers, even though Aretha is often called ‘the Queen of Soul’. It was recorded in 1980 when Aretha did not know where to go to with her career, but her voice was still great at that time.

Enjoy the funky chill side of yacht rock! Next week I will upload a new part of Boombox.


Thundercat Feat. Kenny Loggins & Michael McDonald – Show You The Way (2017)
Maxine Nightingale – Get It Up For Love (Ned Doheny) (1977)
Aaron Tesser & The New Jazz Affair – Ride Like The Wind (Christopher Cross) (2010)
Rumer – Be Nice To Me (Todd Rundgren) (2012)
The Blue Hammock – Rosanna (Toto) (2013)
Gazzara – New Frontier (Donald Fagen) (2013)
Incognito Feat. Mario Biondi & Chaka Khan – Lowdown (Boz Scaggs) (2010)
Charles Mann – Do It Again (Steely Dan) (1973)
Chaka Khan – What Cha’ Gonna Do For Me (Average White Band) (1981)
Phyllis Hyman – What You Won't Do For Love (Bobby Caldwell) (1986)
Aretha Franklin – What A Fool Believes (Doobie Brothers) (1980)
Brownstone – I Can't Tell You Why (The Eagles) (1994)
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – You Got A Friend (Carole King) (1972)
Dobie Gray – Drift Away (John Henry Kurtz) (1973)


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