VARIOUS ARTISTS / “Ooh Child Mixtape”

MP3 03 Ooh Child Mixtape.mp3 (103.66 MB)

“Ooh Child” wins the championship as the for-all-time anthem of optimism. Written by Stan Vincent it was released in 1970 by the Chicago family ensemble, The Five Stairsteps. “Ooh Child” became their signature song and their best seller. In 1971 Nina Simone released her cover of the song, and from that point on the song became both a classic and a standard spawning dozens and dozens of interpretations in a myriad of genres from pop to jazz, gospel to R&B, reggae to rap.

“Ooh Child” is a song that appeals to every demographic, ethnicity, gender and age group. Over thirty years after its initial release, new versions continue to be issued. Here we have 26 versions and once again I am hard-pressed to single out which is my favorite version. Take note that although there are a number of well known artists in the roundup, many of the most striking versions are done by lesser known and/or emerging artists.

If you’re looking for a pick-me-up Mixtape this is the one for you. Enjoy.

—Kalamu ya Salaam

“Ooh Child” Mixtape playlist

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01 The First Family of Soul: The Best of The Five Stairsteps

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02 Is Love Enough? - Nanette Natal

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03 After Frank - 1st Movement - Napoleon Murphy Brock

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04 Sweet Refrain - Denise diRenzo

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05 Solids & Stripes - Jared Gold

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06 Wildflower - Josephine Sincere

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07 Trojan Soulful Reggae Box Set - Bruce Ruffin

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08 Simple Pleasures - Ramsey Lewis And Nancy Wilson

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09 Sweet Soul Records: Soul Over The Race - Aloha Ichimura

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10 Wings To Walk This Road - John Stoddart

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11 In It - Keith Marks

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12 Treasures: A Collection Of Classic Hits - Bebe & Cece Winans

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13 Happy 'Bout The Whole Thing - Dee Dee Sharp

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14 Timeless - Yoshika

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15 Here Comes The Sun - Nina Simone

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16 Doo-It-Doo-Wop! - Stormy Weather

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17 Another Day - Molly Johnson

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18 Better Than Anything - Nnenna Freelon

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19 Gospel Christmas - 103rd Street Gospel Choir With Pat Lewis

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20 The Gospel Soundtrack - Donnie McClurkin (Feat. Kirk Franklin)

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21 “Keep Ya Head Up” - The Best Of 2pac Part 2 Life - 2Pac

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22 Black Mama - Lady Laistee

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23 On A Mission - Leotis

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24 Fire in the Hole - Brand Nubian (Feat. Aisha Mika)

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25 Remixed & Reimagined - Nina Simone

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26 Live At Vaughan's - Kermit Ruffins

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