September 23rd 2017 saw the passing of Charles Bradley the self-proclaimed ‘Screaming Eagle of Soul’ from stomach cancer at the age of 68. Fast forward a year and four days after Charles would have celebrated his 70th birthday, sees Daptone’s Dunham Records release his posthumous fourth album. Entitled Black Velvet, the new songs originate from earlier album recording sessions. Chosen by family and friends the songs represent a celebration of Charles’s soulful style and unique vocal delivery.
Bradley’s road to success was tough, enduring poverty, neglect and violence during the journey. An example of Bradley’s remarkable achievements was that at the age of 62, full of passion, vigour, screams and sweat, he recorded his first album for Dunham-Daptone Records. As well as recording three albums during a relatively short career, Bradley was busy touring non-stop worldwide. Black Velvet is a fitting celebration to a man who sang, danced and screamed like an eagle. It completes a stunning legacy of recordings left by Charles Edward Bradley, who through sheer hard work and determination managed to reach out and touch so many lovers of soul worldwide.
Can’t Fight The Feeling
I Feel A Change
Loving You (Stripped Mix)
Heart Of Gold
(I Hope You Find) The Good Life
Fly Little Girl
Victim Of Love (Electric Version)