It’s a nice day outside, thought I could do a quick ‘SUPREME PROOF‘ share before turning the MPC on.
You probably know this 1964 Wendy Rene song already. It’s been featured on numerous Stax compilations (and most notably on Uncle O’s SHAOLIN SOUL), and been notoriously sampled by the RZA in Wu-Tang’s first album.
Still, it always feels like the first time when you hear the opening organ chords, and Wendy’s voice is immaculate. I read somewhere that she was 16 when she recorded this. How could you sing those lyrics and express those feelings with so much soul when you obviously didn’t even have the time to actually go through that kind of life situations? I guess that’s what they call A GIFT.
Couple of technical notes:
-I was never a big reggae fan, but this rhythm reminds me of early Jamaican stuff.
Busy P, who’s my number one go-to guy when it comes to all things Dancehall related, can maybe enlighten us on this possible paternity between 60′S Memphis 7inches and Lee Perry early productions?
-Second, and fascinating thing about this song: the chord sequence never change. It is exactly the same from the intro to the outro. One can still appreciate 3 minutes of absolute pleasure, with no breaks, no new change every 8 bars, no drastic drop before the last chorus—
Wendy Rene : After Laughter, Comes Tears.