Changes

Changes

by Charles BradleyCharles Bradley

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Overview

If Wilson Pickett could cover the Archies and Al Green could interpret the Bee Gees, why shouldn't Charles Bradley put his spin on Black Sabbath? Bradley's deep, soulful reading of Black Sabbath's "Changes" (from 1972's Vol. 4) became something of a viral sensation when it first surfaced on a Record Store Day single in 2013. Now it's become the title track and cornerstone of Bradley's third album, and in this context it doesn't sound like a novelty, but like the striking, deeply felt performance it truly is. As on his two previous albums, Bradley is one of the most authentic-sounding artists in the 2010s retro-soul sweepstakes on Changes. The production by Thomas Brenneck is straightforward but naturalistically effective, and puts Bradley's rough but passionate vocals in engaging relief with the accompanists. (Most of the album features the Menahan Street Band backing Bradley, though the Budos Band does the honors on two cuts.) Most of the songs on Changes are new, but they sound like they could have been prize Atlantic or Stax rarities from the mid-'60s, and the performances honor the sound and the emotional power of classic soul. Bradley spent years imitating James Brown, and the influence of Mr. Dynamite is still audible on many of these tunes. But since he launched his belated recording career, Bradley has developed a greater sense of self and more confidence in his own musical personality. On Changes, the rough-hewn power of Bradley's voice is at its most powerful, and there's a fierce sense of longing and need in this music that's almost tactile in its realism. Charles Bradley doesn't sound like a '60 soul singer, he sounds like a great soul singer regardless of era. And Changes shows Bradley still has plenty of new ground to explore at the age of 68. That's a lot more than one can say for the other guy who sang "Changes," Ozzy Osbourne.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2016
Label: Daptone
UPC: 0823134004122
catalogNumber: 41
Rank: 7078

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Charles Bradley   Primary Artist
David Guy   Trumpet
Ray Mason   Trombone
Victor Axelrod   Piano,Vibes
Nick Movshon   Bass
Homer Steinweiss   Drums
Joe Harrison   Flute,Vibes
Leon Michels   Organ,Flute,Saxophone
Will Schalda   Organ,Piano
Thomas Brenneck   Organ,Bass,Guitar,Percussion
Michael Deller   Organ
Saun & Starr   Vocals
Sha La Das   Background Vocals
Raynier Jacildo   Organ

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Ozzy Osbourne   Composer
Geezer Butler   Composer
David Guy   Composer
Tony Iommi   Composer
Bill Ward   Composer
Victor Axelrod   Composer
Nick Movshon   Composer
Budos Band   Composer
Homer Steinweiss   Composer,Art Direction
Leon Michels   Composer
Paul Schalda   Composer
Will Schalda   Composer
Thomas Brenneck   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Brian Profilio   Composer
Menahan Street Band   Composer
Charles Bradley   Composer,Paintings
Mark Shaw   Cover Photo

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