Ghostface Killah vs. Norman Feels (1974/2009) | Who Did It Better?gforeman
Falsetto singing was brought over to the USA from Central and West Africa via the Middle Passage. In the 20th Century, it was refined in recordings from The Mills Brothers, under street lamps by Doo-Wop groups and brought to its pinnacle by Soul groups like The Temptations, The Dells and The Spinners. By the 80s, it was a lost art as the vibration shifted to a gruffer sound most exemplified by artists like Teddy Pendergrass and James Brown and high tenors like Michael Jackson and Ralph Tresvant. One of the most neglected high tenor/falsetto singers of the 1970s was NORMAN FEELS, who recorded two exceptional LPs in Detroit for Just Sunshine Records then disappeared. His records were rediscovered in the mid-2000s by Japan label P-Vine and found a new audience. Staten Island’s Ghosface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan, sampled YOU CANT STOP MY LOVE, from Norman’s second LP, updating its romantic message for DO OVER and bringing in Baltimore crooner RAHEEM DeVAUGHN to sing the hook and add a second melody. I’m not sure if many people have heard either recording. I wanted to share it here to allow rediscovery. Again, no right or wrong answers. Which speaks to you more? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.
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