Feel So Bad (live in Japan, 1975)
Ray Charles

Ray Charles - Feel So Bad (live in Japan, 1975)

I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love
Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills - I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love

(It's the Way) Nature Planned It
The Four Tops

Four Tops - (It’s the Way) Nature Planned It

The very LAST hit the group released with Motown before leaving for ABC in 1972 (not counting their return to Motown a decade later).

soulmo:

Merry Clayton “Good Girls” (Ode 66003-B, 1970)

Okay, I guess most rock critics will go for the A-side, “Gimme Shelter.” But what do a bunch of white dudes know? Yeah I said it. There’s something more real to life for me to the flipside, “Good Girls.”

 It is 1970, 10 years from The Shirelles “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?” Although Merry herself was no a mother and a wife, she brings to life the interesting intersection between what is/was considered respectable (i.e. the Virginal Good Girl that doesn’t go all the way under the erotic sway of a handsome man) and throwing aside the chastity belt her mother taught her would insure her value in the dating sweepstakes.

I’m guessing I’m just partial, as a (rather aged) Good Catholic Queer Boy that’s faced this dilemma far too often to this B-side. Also, it shows how far Gene Page had come from arranging those overblown Wall of Sound singles that were his trademark during the 1960’s (He’s the man who arranged the huge string arrangement on The Supremes “Love Is Here And Now You’re Gone” for example). A kind of strutting “Will You Love Me” for the new decade, it could have been a good alternative to pursuing the better known A-side.

End of the Road (acapella ft. Brian McKnight)
Boyz II Men

Boyz II Men (ft. Brian McKnight in the background) - End of the Road (acapella)

The Preacher/More Than I Can Stand (live)
Bobby Womack

tarheeltrash:

Bobby Womack - The Preacher/More Than I Can Stand (live)

Settle For My Love (LP Version)
Patrice Rushen

Patrice Rushen - Settle For My Love