The Mix: The Sweet Power Of Soul Hear rare soul, funk and disco on its original vinyl, handpicked by the DJs of Sweet Power on KUSP.
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The Mix: The Sweet Power Of Soul

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Jean Carn, whose 1978 hit "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" is part of this Sweet Power mix.

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Jean Carn, whose 1978 hit "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" is part of this Sweet Power mix.

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I've been playing records on Saturday nights at KUSP for the past eight years under various show titles. The current incarnation, Sweet Power, started broadcasting in 2008, with Alexandra Burke joining as co-host soon after. The goal has always been to spotlight forgotten soul sounds from the '70s and '80s — and off the original vinyl records, no less. Certainly, some current artists are featured and reissues are played, but we both try and keep it all-vinyl every show. We love the crackle.

I've been thankful to meet many artists who run across their track on our show, and who always seem astounded that someone is playing their record on broadcast radio in 2011. Really, though, it doesn't matter if it's Prince or a rare soul 45 from Ypsilanti, Mich. As long as it's soulful, it gets to shine.

For this mix, Alex and I have dubbed 70 of our favorite tracks from vinyl to digital so we can share them with the crackle intact.

Songs In This Mix

  • 2wice "You Set Me On Fire" (Miasound)
  • 7 Samurai "Modernization" (edit) (GAMM)
  • Aaron Broomfield "I'm Gonna Miss Ya" (Mountain)
  • Afro Cuban Band "Something's Gotta Give" (Arista)
  • Aggression "Starship" (Plum Good)
  • Alicia Meyers "I Fooled You" (MCA)
  • Arnie's Love "I'm Out Of Your Life" (Radar)
  • Barbara Mason "Don't I Ever Cross Your Mind" (West End)
  • Bernard Wright "Spinnin'" (Arista GRP)
  • Bill Spoon "Love Is On The Way" (Hense Forth)
  • Black Ivory "Mainline" (Panoramic)
  • Brenda Russell "You're Free" (Horizon)
  • Casual-T "Hands Off" (Fifty-Six)
  • Change "Heaven Of My Life" (RFC)
  • China Burton "You Don't Care (About Our Love)" (Kindred Spirits)
  • Clifford McClain "I Can't Fight It" (McClain)
  • Copeland Davis Group "Morning Spring" (Regalia)
  • Delegation "Darlin' (I Think About You)" (Ariola)
  • Don Blackman "Heart's Desire" (Arista GRP)
  • Donald Byrd "Dominoes" (UA)
  • Donna McGhee "Make It Last Forever" (Red Greg)
  • Edge Of Daybreak "Eyes Of Love" (Bohannon's)
  • Ellis & Cephas "I'm Gonna Miss You Girl" (Von's)
  • Ethel Beatty "I Know You Care" (Uno Melodic)
  • Executive Suite "When It Comes To Loving Me" (Butterfly)
  • Flowers "For Real" (12" edit) (Resolution)
  • Fresh Band "Come Back Lover" (Are 'n Be)
  • Geraldine Hunt "Gotta Give A Little Love" (Prism)
  • Gold In The Shade "Over You" (TSR)
  • Greg Henderson "Dreamin'" (SAM)
  • Gwen McCrae "My Funky Sensation" (Atlantic)
  • Harris & Orr "Spread Love" (Kay-Dee)
  • Idris Muhammad "Could Heaven Ever Be Like This" (Kudu)
  • Jackie Stoudemire "Guilty" (Numero)
  • James Mason "Sweet Power Your Embrace" (Chiaroscuro)
  • Jean Carn "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" (PIR)
  • Junior Tucker "Send A Message" (Tuff Gong)
  • Karin Jones "Here I Go Again" (Handshake)
  • Kleeer "Open Your Mind" (Atlantic)
  • Lemuria "Hunk Of Heaven" (Heaven)
  • Leprechaun "Loc It Up" (Citation)
  • Leroy Hutson "Lucky Fellow" (Curtom)
  • Loose Change "Straight From The Heart" (Casablanca)
  • Milton Wright "Get No Lovin' Tonight" (Alston)
  • Mtume "Love Lock" (Epic)
  • Odyssey "Inside Out" (RCA)
  • Platinum Hook "Gotta Find A Woman" (Motown)
  • Radiance "You're My No. 1" (Are 'n Be)
  • Robert Cotter "Everything I'm Living For" (Derby)
  • Rodney Wood "I See Heaven" (Pryyme Tyyme)
  • Roy Ayers "Baby Doll" (BBE)
  • Sabata "Man For My Lady" (Numero)
  • Sass "Much Too Much" (25 West)
  • Sidney Barnes "Summer Sunshine" (Parachute)
  • Skye "Ain't No Need" (Booton)
  • Spade Brigade "I'm Your Man" (Select Sound)
  • Steve Elliott "One More Time" (no label)
  • Sun Palace "Rude Movements" (Passion)
  • Sylvia Striplin "Toy Box" (Uno Melodic)
  • Tommy McGee "Now That I Have You" (TMG)
  • Tony Rome f/ Donald Armstrong "What Does It Take" (Kency)
  • Twilight "Never Want To See You Low" (Ross)
  • Ubiquity "Simple And Sweet" (Elektra)
  • Universal Robot Band "Wanna Be Your Lover" (BBE)
  • Unlimited Touch "I Hear Music In The Streets" (Prelude)
  • USAries "Are You Ready To Come" (New Detroit)
  • Vance & Suzanne "I Can't Get Along Without You" (Vanton)
  • Watson Beasley "Dimensions" (Warner Bros.)
  • Weldon Irvine "I Love You" (RCA)
  • Whatnauts "Help Is On The Way" (Harlem Int.)