In Radio Milwaukee’s six-part podcast “Backspin,” record collector Andy Noble explains that the The Majestics’ 1982 single “Class A” has become a minor collectors item not because of its boundary-breaking A-side, Milwaukee’s first rap song, but because of its B-side: “Key To Love,” a tender soul ballad.
It turns out the Toronto jazz-fusion collective BADBADNOTGOOD are among the fans of that cult track. The group has released a cover of the song featuring singer Jonah Yano as part of a vinyl singles series for the label Light In The Attic. The 7-inch includes BADBADNOTGOOD’s reverential take on the song, as well as The Majestics’ sumptuous original.
“As lovers of old soul, funk and rare recordings, ‘Key to Love’ has always been a song that has had an impact on our heart and ears,” the band said in a statement. “We hope our version relays how special this song is and gives it some new listeners and a second life … It’s an incredibly beautiful song that deserves to be heard, and we hope to play a small part in that.”
The press release also includes Majestics member Donald Cooper’s thoughts on the cover.
“It is a pleasant surprise,” he said. “They did a good job and it was well done with their own slight personal twist … [it’s] an honor to be recognized.”
You can stream both versions below. And if you missed it, you can also watch The Majestics’ incredible performance on 414 Live.
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