'90% of me is you’ Vanessa Kendrick (Glades Records, 1973) & Gwen McCrae (Rockin’ Chair, Cat, 1975)

Nice, with the subtle wah-wah (hard to imagine that adjective being used with this kind of guitar playing style; listening to it again, though I'm not sure if it is in fact a guitar, anyway), the Kendrick version is the smoothest certainly with the vocal-line held level with the music. I really like that over-dramatic build-up that fades, coming back every now and again.

In contrast, the Gwen McCrae version released the following year with its near identical, if not identical backing-track, has a much stronger personality that drives it along it along, making it a more assertive statement that comes through with the refrain ‘What can I do?’

Check out this interview with McCrae by a Swedish woman who goes by the name of Miss Funkyflyy, it's full of strong background information on the much-sampled, respected Soul star from the 70s. I particularly liked the interviewer's personal tale of discovery, where the enthusiasm comes through:    

Raised on Abba, like most Swedish girls of my generation, my first encounter with Soul came at the time when I was still more interested in my dolls than boys. I loved music, though, especially Disco, but the tiny pocket money I received weekly would not allow me to buy records. So when I discovered a huge bowl of cassettes that were on sale at the discount store where my parents bought groceries each Saturday, I was truly in heaven.

So what if the tapes were dusty and several years old! The choice was not easy, but finally I settled for the cassette with the most appealing sleeve. Luscious palm trees and a paradise-like beach adorned the sleeve of “The Best of T.K. Records -The Sound Of Sunshine” and the artists were K.C. and The Sunshine Band, Betty Wright, Timmy Thomas, George McCrae, Benny Latimore.. I hadn’t heard of any of these people, but when I got home and popped the tape in my deck, their music grooved me in a way I had never experienced before.

The climax came when Gwen McCrae, in the finest Gospel-tradition, moaned and wailed her way through a song called “Move Me Baby”. From that point on, I was hooked. The years went by and I grew out of playing with Barbie dolls, but I never stopped loving Gwen and the Sunshine sounds from Florida, the orange State.

Madlib (apparently) sampled McCrae's version of '90 % ...' on his 2001 Beat Conducta, Vol. 0 Earth Sounds release out on Stone’s Throw records, 'Tape Hiss (Dirty)' (and sampled another McCrae song, ‘I found love’ on his 2008 ‘Gamble on ya boy’)

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