20/20/20 vision, Part III

We’re back with the third installment of 20 Songs from 20 Albums for $20.

These tunes are part of the haul from a recent morning of crate digging in the back yard of one of our local used record dealers.

Please enjoy the tunes, spun at random, much the way I came across them in the tents in Jim’s back yard a couple of weeks ago.

“Lean On Me,” Tom Jones, from “The Body and Soul of Tom Jones,” 1973. Out of print, and I can’t find it on any compilation CD.

I usually buy TJ’s albums based largely on the quality of the covers. Some, I pass on. Others, I pick up. On this one, Tom covers what at the time were Bill Withers’ big hits, this tune and “Ain’t No Sunshine.” I thought about posting his cover of “If Loving You Is Wrong (I Don’t Wanna Be Right).” But no. And certainly not his rather bizarre cover of “Runnin’ Bear.”

“Goodbye, So Long,” Ike and Tina Turner, from “Workin’ Together,” 1971. Out of print.

You know every other song on this side — “Ooh Poo Pah Doo,” “Funkier Than A Mosquita’s Tweeter,” “Proud Mary” and “Let It Be” — so we’ll spin the lesser-heard tune.

“‘Nuff Said (Part I)” and “‘Nuff Said (Part II),” Ike and Tina Turner, from “‘Nuff Said,” 1971. Out of print.

An instrumental raveup orchestrated by Ike. Equal parts nasty wah-wah guitar, screaming electric lead guitar, horns and Hammond organ. Part I cooks from start to finish. Part II starts hot, then brings it back down. (Some day, I’ll edit them together as they should be.)

For no apparent reason, Ike announced on this album: “Ike & Tina Turner’s band formerly known as ‘The Kings of Rhythm’ has changed their name to ‘Family Vibs.'”

“Unhooked Generation,” Freda Payne, from “Band of Gold,” 1970. Out of print, but available on a couple of import compilations: “The Best of Freda Payne,” a 2002 release, and “Unhooked Generation: The Complete Invictus Recordings,” a 2001 release.

You know “Band of Gold.” You may know “Deeper and Deeper.” They were the biggest singles off this classic album produced (and largely written) by the mighty Holland-Dozier-Holland team. This tune also was released as a single, but didn’t fare as well as the others. Still a pretty good tune, though.

More to come! (As soon as I rip them.)

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