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Changes - Vinyl Reissue

    The third album by soul powerhouse Charles Bradley.
    The entire album features the Menahan Street Band, and was produced by Tommy Brenneck.

    Soul singer Charles Bradley’s star has been on the rise since the release of his widely praised 2011 debut album No Time For Dreaming, and his ascent has continued long after the release of his triumphant second album, 2013’s Victim of Love. Dubbed “The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” the singer will release his third albumChanges on April 1, 2016 on Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records.

    The album is named for his popular cover of the Black Sabbath track, previously only available as a Record Store Day 45. “I think about the lyrics very closely when I sing ‘Changes’ and get emotional,” says Bradley. “It makes me think of my mother and the changes in my life since she passed away.”

    Charles Bradley has also made a name for himself as a riveting live performer. He’s taken his show to venues and festivals across the globe including Coachella, Glastonbury Festival and Primavera Sound. Bradley’s also performed on famed stages including the Apollo Theater, and the Beacon Theatre where he’s separately supported The Tedeschi Trucks Band and the Afghan Whigs. He has just announced a number of European and North American shows for Spring 2016, including performances at L'Olympia in Paris and the O2 Forum in London.

    By now, Charles Bradley’s remarkable, against-all-odds rise has been well documented: how he transcended a bleak life on the streets and struggled through a series of ill-fitting jobs before finally being discovered by Daptone's Gabriel Roth and releasing his debut album No Time for Dreaming. The year following the release of No Time For Dreaming was one triumph after another and his second album Victim of Love saw Bradley emerging from his past heartaches stronger and more confident, overflowing with love to share. Victim of Love went on to receive overwhelming praise and was included on "Best of 2013" lists by SPIN, MOJO, Paste, BuzzFeed, Rough Trade & more. The album’s title track was also named one of Rolling Stone’s "Best Songs of 2013."


    TRACK LISTING

    1. God Bless America
    2. Good To Be Back Home
    3. Nobody But You
    4. Ain't Gonna Give It Up
    5. Changes
    6. Ain't It A Sin
    7. Things We Do For Love
    8. Crazy For Your Love
    9. You Think I Don't Know (But I Know)
    10. Change For The World
    11. Slow Love

    Black Velvet is a celebration of Charles Bradley, lovingly assembled by his friends and family at Dunham/Daptone Records. Though chronologically the material spans Charles' entire career, this is no anthology, greatest hits or other shallow rehashing of the songs that already made him famous. Rather, this album is a profound exploration through the less-travelled corners of the soulful universe that Charles and his longtime producer, co-writer and friend Tommy "TNT" Brenneck created in the studio together over their decade-long partnership.

    It features new songs recorded during the sessions from each of his three albums, heard here for the very first time in all their scorching glory: "Can't Fight the Feeling," "Fly Little Girl" and the heart-wrenching single "I Feel a Change"; hard core rarities like his funk-bomb duet with LaRose Jackson, "Luv Jones," the psychedelic groover, "(I Hope You Find) The Good Life" and the ever-illusive alternate full band electric version of "Victim of Love"; sought-after covers of Nirvana's "Stay Away," Neal Young's "Heart of Gold" and Rodriguez's "Slip Away"; and the title track "Black Velvet," a stirring Menahan Street Band instrumental to which Charles was never able to cut a vocal.

    Charles was truly a transcendent singer who led a remarkable life, overcoming unimaginable adversity to achieve great success and international acclaim very late in his life. What was really special about him and made him different from everybody else in the world was how he understood his pain as a cry for universal love and humanity. He felt that if he loved enough—if we all loved each other enough—we could take away the world’s pain and sadness. That is why he jumped off the stage and literally tried to hug everybody he could. It's why he took such great care of a mother that had abandoned him. It's why he sang and danced like a lunatic. It's why he screamed like an eagle. And that's why we love him.

    Black Velvet is a celebration of his life, and is destined to join Charles' first three albums alongside the cannon of essential soul records for the ages.


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: Black Velvet is a summary of everything that was great about Charles Bradley, his strong compelling vocals and passion is etched into all his music and this album ties it all together as a celebration to him and his legacy.

    TRACK LISTING

    1. Can’t Fight The Feeling
    2. Luv Jones
    3. I Feel A Change
    4. Slip Away
    5. Black Velvet
    6. Stay Away
    7. Heart Of Gold
    8. (I Hope You Find) The Good Life
    9. Fly Little Girl
    10. Victim Of Love (Electric Version)

    Soul singer Charles Bradley’s star has been on the rise since the release of his widely praised 2011 debut album 'No Time For Dreaming', and his ascent has continued long after the release of his triumphant second album, 2013’s 'Victim of Love'. Dubbed “The Screaming Eagle of Soul,” the singer will release his third album 'Changes' on April 1, 2016 on Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records.

    The album is named for his popular cover of the Black Sabbath track, previously only available as a Record Store Day 45. “I think about the lyrics very closely when I sing ‘Changes’ and get emotional,” says Bradley. “It makes me think of my mother and the changes in my life since she passed away.”


    STAFF COMMENTS

    Millie says: ‘Changes’ is a beautiful and soulful album that is brimming with passion, creating a swaying jazz sensation. Outstanding style and compelling warmth, definitely a must hear!

    TRACK LISTING

    1. God Bless America
    2. Good To Be Back Home
    3. Nobody But You
    4. Ain't Gonna Give It Up
    5. Changes
    6. Ain't It A Sin
    7. Things We Do For Love
    8. Crazy For Your Love
    9. You Think I Don't Know (But I Know)
    10. Change For The World
    11. Slow Love

    Charles Bradley

    Soul Of America DVD

      "Charles Bradley: Soul of America" takes you behind the scenes in the months leading up to the release of his debut album "No Time for Dreaming." Now with the release of his second album “Victim of Love” it’s your chance to see where Charles Bradley’s journey began. Features interviews with Gabriel Roth and Thomas Brenneck. Directed by Poull Brien.

      Charles Bradley

      Victim Of Love

        Since the release of 2011’s award winning debut, 'No Time for Dreaming', Charles Bradley has transformed from a rising star in the Daptone galaxy into a bona-fide headliner, now affectionately known across the globe as The Screaming Eagle of Soul.

        The raw emotion and soulfulness of Bradley's voice lifts him up among the greats of the golden age of soul - Otis, JB, Wilson Pickett, and Darrell Banks. Anyone who has had the privilege of hearing him sing has experienced how Bradley can captivate an entire audience with a simple "Ooooo..."

        Bradley and writer / producer / multi-instrumentalist Thomas “TNT” Brenneck returned to Dunham studios and recorded the most exciting Daptone release to date, 'Victim of Love'. On this album, Bradley moves past his "Heartaches and Pain" to the great promise of hope and love. Though quite at home among the music that has affirmed Daptone as the world’s #1 authority on soul music, 'Victim of Love' proves to be a genre-bending masterpiece, picking up where the early 70s Temptations left off and edging boldly forward into psychedelic soul exploration.


        Charles Bradley

        No Time For Dreaming

          It’s taken just two short years for Dunham Records - an offshoot of Daptone Records - to establish itself as one of the most captivating creative forces in soul music. The brainchild of guitarist/producer Thomas 'Tommy TNT' Brenneck, Dunham’s indelibly atmospheric sound is epitomized by its flagship artist, Menahan Street Band. After releasing a handful of crucial 45s, Dunham Records prepares to enter the next phase of its evolution with the debut album of its inaugural vocalist, Charles Bradley. Charles Bradley’s voice has evolved from a lifetime of paying dues, having nomadically labored for decades at various day jobs from Maine to Alaska - singing and performing in his spare time - before re-settling in his hometown Brooklyn and eventually finding a musical home at Dunham. In his distinctively rough-hewn timbre one hears the unmistakable voice of experience - each note and gruff inflection a reflection of his extended, sometimes rocky, personal path. It’s only fitting that "No Time For Dreaming"’s producer Brenneck (also a member of The Dap-Kings and The Budos Band) would recognize in Bradley a kindred musical spirit – a singer whose performances exude both raw power and poignant beauty. Recorded at Dunham Studios, and mixed at Daptone Records’ internationally revered House Of Soul Studios, "No Time For Dreaming" is the inspired sound of an awakening.



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