Tommie Young – 1973 – Do You Still Feel The Same Way

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Another lost gem of 70’s soul.

If you found Soul Children great, this one will blow your mind!

Excellent work from this oft-overlooked southern soul singer! Tommie’s got deep deep style that’ll knock you flat if you dig southern soul or hard soul, especially the small label, indie-type variety! Bobby Patterson wrote most of the tracks on this debut album, and the set was recorded in Shreveport with a deep burning Louisiana sound that was the best of that city’s scene at the time.

 

Tracks

A1 Do You Still Feel the Same Way 3:30
A2 Do We Have a Future 2:25
A3 You Came Just in Time 2:37
A4 She Don’t Have to See You (To See Through You) 3:10
A5 You Can Only Do Wrong So Long 2:39
A6 You Can’t Have Your Cake (And Eat It Too) 3:31
B1 You Brought It All on Yourself 3:49
B2 That’s All a Part of Loving Him 3:15
B3 That’s How Strong My Love Is 3:16
B4 Hit and Run Lover 2:30
B5 Everybody’s Got a Little Devil in Their Soul 3:36

This is absolute manna from Southern soul heaven. On the strength of the one, long-unavailable 1973 LP that forms the core of this compilation, Tommie Young can stake a claim as perhaps the finest neo-Aretha Franklin stylist among the slew of early-’70s soul sisters. But she was a meteor flare, almost immediately retreating back to the gospel scene that nurtured her, save for singing lead on the soundtrack to A Woman Called Moses, Cicely Tyson’s 1978 film about Harriet Tubman. Granted, Young didn’t have the protean power of Franklin (like anyone did?), so her vocal tone is lighter; but the sensational, effortless, melodic leaps on the commanding title track does nothing to dispel the Franklin impression. “Do We Have a Future?” is punchier and might be rushed for a singer lacking Young’s immaculate phrasing; she’s simply a natural-born singer with the same appealing forthrightness as Irma Thomas. The liner notes say producer Bobby Patterson cut backing tracks to O.V. Wright’s “That’s How Strong My Love Is” and Percy Sledge’s “Take Time to Know Her” (gender-switched here) for her first session and Young just walked in and nailed ’em in one take — and it ain’t hard to believe at all. “You Came Just in Time” finds Young fighting through backing vocal clutter, but the ballads “She Don’t Have to See You (to See Through You)” and “You Brought It All on Yourself” thankfully free her voice back to unadorned basics, with great command of dynamics and phrasing on the latter. Brilliant phrasing also marks the very strong “You Can Only Do Wrong So Long” and she shines again on the more down-home funky “You Can’t Have Your Cake” with some Ann Peebles vocal sass in her delivery.

In addition, “Everybody’s Got a Little Devil in Their Soul” is just absolutely marvelous, a funk groove with a second-line, jump-up snap in the drums and nice horns — no real melodic changes, but who needs ’em with a wondrous singer testifying in neo-Aretha mode over a killer groove? But it does make you wonder if  Young was short-changed by material and production that favored a lighter, neo-Motown soul-pop sound (“That’s All a Part of Loving Him” is pretty representative) when she had the voice for tougher, harder-hitting songs like this. The string and horn embellishments that were tasteful early on start to get overbearing on the non-LP extra tracks like “Get out of My Life.” It sounds as if they heard the disco boom coming and pumped it all up; but Young is too much of a singer to need any of the forced drama in the arrangement to “I’m Not Going to Cry Any More“. The forced histrionics do get pretty dire on “One-Sided Love Affair,” but the final five tracks shouldn’t throw anyone off Do You Still Feel the Same Way? Tommie Young was singing straight-up soul from a woman’s perspective as well as or better than Peebles, Thomas, Laura Lee, Candi Staton, or any other ’70s soul woman at that level one step down from Queen Aretha.

 

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7 Comments
  • jerome green
    Posted at 11:31h, 30 May 2008 Reply

    Hi Nikos,

    Thank you for another beautiful voice!!! Can you believe no comments again? You are posting the greatest hidden gems. Thanks for keepin’ it real with your critical work and care. I wish I was more knowledgable about the music I liked when I was a kid. I would’ve liked to have heard this back in the 70s. At least I had the more popular Philadelphia & Memphis (etc.) soul hits on the radio, so I got some tiny bit of soul to inspire me.

    Thanks again, Peace,
    Jerome

  • Brain Damage
    Posted at 22:32h, 25 November 2008 Reply

    I love this record. Beautiful sweet southern soul. She Had a marvelous voice. And what a beauty, too… Gee whiz, I fell off my chair.

    Thank you

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 17:38h, 09 December 2008 Reply

    You have such great taste beautiful music. Thank you so much for these uploads.

  • joe
    Posted at 00:12h, 22 March 2009 Reply

    only 2 tracks download
    can this be fixed?
    Thanks for all the great music

  • The greek
    Posted at 14:43h, 28 July 2010 Reply

    what a voice ! what a blog !

    god/satan bless you nikos…you are making a great service here.

  • Dave
    Posted at 21:11h, 23 July 2011 Reply

    This lady is reminiscent of Aretha Franklin. It surprises me that this lady didn’t gain the fame other lesser artistes did.

    Thanks.

  • M
    Posted at 07:12h, 29 July 2011 Reply

    Thanks Nikos!

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