ARETHA FRANKLIN / “Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)”

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3 Responses to “ARETHA FRANKLIN / “Dr. Feelgood (Love Is A Serious Business)””

Qawi Says:
December 26th, 2007 at 2:48 pm

Amen…what did y’all expect from a someone with preaching in her genes. Musically, thanks for showcasing the Love is Serious Business version and the Live version. Both seem to be miles ahead of the original for different reasons.

Love Is Serious Business gives the song more lyrical depth instead of the classic ‘punchline’ based Dr. Feelgood. Also, the piano intro at the beginning does remind me of Ray Charles.

The Live version is indeed double entendre. But in some circles that’s how you know how SPIRITUAL Music can be. The same vehicle used to energize ones emotions can also direct some spiritually.

Which brings me to the Spirit in the Dark tracks. Excellent. Spirit in the Dark with Ray has this Staples Singers vibe to it. Besides the still photos, Do you know if there is any video of this? The sax player, background singers, and the rhythm section deserve some credit too. Long after the Aretha and Ray stop singing lead, they hold it together.

Stephanie Renee Says:
December 27th, 2007 at 10:30 am

I came to this tune late in the game, when someone arranged for my college a cappella group. But I must admit, I did giggle once I first heard the original recording ’cause Sista Re-Re was hardly singing about something holy. But the intent and passion were fully tangible.

BTW Mtume…love your characterization of that horn line! Blaat…Blaat…BLOOOOOOOOT!! Perfect. 🙂

Russ Says:
December 28th, 2007 at 1:23 pm

Aargh! I’ve loved the single disk version of Aretha Live at Fillmore West for a while. Now you tell me there’s an out of print four disk set!! With King Curtis!!! So much for my music budget.


three nights of music from both aretha and king curtis as an opening perormance. rhino regularly liscenses music and makes special sets available in limited quantities. once they are gone, that’s it. word to the wise. check rhino’s website on the regular.


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