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Charles Bradley on World Cafe | July 10, 2013

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Soul man Charles Bradley knew he could sing — former band members and friends always told him that. But he just never got the shot, shuttling from one odd job to another. Into his 50s, Bradley was living with his mother in New York and performing as a James Brown interpreter under the name "Black Velvet." When Daptone Records co-founder Gabriel Roth saw him perform, this soul man finally got his shot at fame.

At 62, his 2011 debut album No Time For Dreaming was a breakthrough. On this installment of World Cafe, hear songs from Bradley's latest album, Victim Of Love, released in April. (Link)


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Hour 1

James Brown “Cold Sweat” CD of JB II: Cold Sweat and Other Classics
Laura Mvula “Green Garden” Sing to the Moon
Love “Alone Again Or” Forever Changes
((The Mar-Keys "Last Night" The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959 to 1968))
Charles Bradley “Love Bug Blues” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Charles Bradley “Strictly Reserved for You” Victim of Love 
Charles Bradley “Why is it so Hard?” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((The Revelations "Because of You" Deep Soul))
Bobby Charles “Street People” Bobby Charles
Gary Clark Jr. “Bright Lights” Bright Lights EP
Ethan Johns “Don’t Reach too Far” If Not Now, Then When?
Jimi Hendrix “Crosstown Traffic” Electric Ladyland
Divine Fits “Ain’t that the Way” Ain't That the Way/Chained To Love
((Marvin Gaye "Got To Give It Up" The Marvin Gaye Collection))

Hour 2

Joni Mitchell “Dreamland” Don Juan’s Reckless Daughter
The Garifuna Collective “What Color are You?” Black Birds are Dancing Over Me
Paul Simon “The Coast” The Rhythm of the Saints
Kurt Vile “KV Crimes” Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze
M. Ward “Chinese Translation” Post-War
((Titus Andronicus "In A Big City" Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
City & Colour “Thirst” The Hurry and the Harm
Jeff Buckley “Last Goodbye” Grace
Dawes “Just Beneath the Surface” Stories Don’t End
Velvet Crush “Why Not Your Baby?” Teenage Symphonies to God
((Chuck Prophet "You Did (Bomp Shooby Doobie Bomp)" Age Of Miracles))
Rhye “Open” Woman
Boz Scaggs “I’ll Be Long Gone” Boz Scaggs
Little Green Cars “Harper Lee” Absolute Zero
Rhett Miller “Things that Disappear” The Instigator
((Ryan Adams "Halloweenhead" Easy Tiger))