mp3: Yvonne Fair - I Found You
Today’s selection would fit in well with other original versions of songs I didn’t realise weren’t, such as Gloria Jones' Tainted Love or Denise by Randy & The Rainbows
. Of course, since he wrote it, it’s a bit harsh to describe James Brown’s I Got You (I Feel Good) as a cover version. Still, in 1962, three years before it was released, Brown recorded and released the same song as I Found You with Yvonne Fair on vocals and her name in big letters on the record label.
Not taking anything from Brown’s hit version, it’s an ironclad classic and, according to Wikipedia, “his highest charting song and arguably his most widely known recording”, but I really dig the rawness of Fair’s voice and the stripped back R&B sound of the James Brown Band on this recording. Plus, it’s an interesting variation on a familiar tune, which is also the appeal of a lot of covers. I Got You (I Feel Good) seemed to be everywhere when I was growing up. Its inclusion in the film Good Morning Vietnam and Tour Of Duty television series might have had something to do with that. Still a great song, but its impact has been spread a little too thinly for me, for now.
Labels: rhythm and blues, soul