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Bought Not Souled by ECHO

Cross Rhythms Rating: 8/10
CD: Album
Tags: CD, R&B, Album, Independent, Top Rated
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Gospelisations of 13 soul and Motown songs by London-based band.

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  1. 1. Best Of My Love
  2. 2. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher And Higher
  3. 3. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) (Live)
  4. 4. You're All I Need To Get By
  5. 5. Say A Little Prayer (Live)
  6. 6. Rescue Me
  7. 7. Reach Out I'll Be There (Live)
  8. 8. I'll Take You There (Live)
  9. 9. Something Inside (So Strong)
  10. 10. We Are Family
  11. 11. Thinking Of You
  12. 12. Dancing In The Street
  13. 13. Signed, Sealed, Delivered (Live)
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Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Christian music has a long history of re-writing secular hits with words more appropriate for Christians. In the 19th century General Boothe and Charles Wesley were forever taking the songs heard on the streets and pubs of Britain and giving them Christian lyrics and some of them are still in the hymnals. And in recent times American band the Apologetix have a successful ministry re-writing pop and rock hits old and new. Now Britain has Echo. What this bunch of singers and instrumentalists from London and Essex have done is take 13 soul and Motown classics and given them lyrical makeovers which point the way, and often, name check Jesus. Now such an idea is fraught with danger. South Park once portrayed a hilarious spoof on pop/rock gospelisations and some of Apologetix' efforts will indeed make you wince. But the band's producer, bass-playing band member Greg Nash, has been clever in selecting golden oldies whose lyrics are very near to gospel lyrics in the first place. Indeed, some of the songs were originally recorded by Christians - Fontella Bass, the Staple Singers and Sister Sledge. And though Echo's lead singers Marie da Silva and Juliette Georges wouldn't claim to be up there with Mavis Staples, Jackie Wilson, Stevie Wonder et al, who after all are among the greatest singers ever to enter a recording studio, on the whole Marie and Juliette make a good fist of singing the songs. Another plus are the arrangements, by Greg Nash, which largely manage to keep the groove of the originals without trying the impossible task of exactly replicating the Detroit or Philadelphia house bands. There are a couple of problems. One of the five live tracks, Dionne Warwick's/Aretha Franklin's "Say A Little Prayer", suffers from a slightly flat vocal while the decision to drop much of the reggae-style groove of "I'll Take You There" in favour of a jazzier approach is, to my ears, a mistake. But on the whole 'Bought Not Souled' is a warm-hearted and thoroughly enjoyable exercise. I for one would be pleased to see the band go through their paces live when they get to play Stoke-on-Trent.

Style: R&B
Cross Rhythms Product Code: 149660
Product Format: CD
Content Type: Album
Cat. Code: Plankton PCDN167
Items: 1
Release Date: 2014

Gospelisations of 13 soul and Motown songs by London-based band.

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R&B CD British Product Audio Samples Available


Second album of soul classics from the Essex-based nine-piece.

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R&B CD British Product Audio Samples Available


A three-song EP built around a Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell classic.

For more information about ECHO, check the ECHO Artist Profile on the main Cross Rhythms website for news stories, feature articles, interviews and much more. (Link opens in new window)
Posted by Greg Nash in London at 17:11 on Feb 18 2014

Hi Tony, many thanks for the review, reworking songs in this way can, indeed, be a bit of a minefield, for a sceptic, you've taken a fair look and it's greatly appreciated. Thanks also for the kind comments.

Just a couple of points of order; the arrangements were very much the responsibility of the band rather than any individual, although it was Greg who kept bringing them back to the original as a reference; the bass player's name is Greg Nash.

Any time we're up your way, Tony, we'll give you a shout, be great to see you at a gig!


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