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Thursday, 20 October 2011


AMPs & 808s will be in London next week to see Lenny Kravitz in concert supported by Raphael Saadiq, so this weeks 'Tape Deck Shuffle' is in honour of these two great, soul axe-men. 'Side A' is Lenny, while 'Side B' belongs to Ray Ray.


LET LOVE RULE: 'Are You Gonna Go My Way' and 'Fly Away' may have been huge and defining to the first and second parts of his career but this song, album and the album that followed ('It's Time For A Love Revolution') are his deepest dedications. He's right, "since when does love have a sell-by date"?

HEAVEN HELP: One of the most soulful, beautiful ballads from one of rocks greatest.

BLACK VELVETEEN: Strange...but seriously sound. Sometimes you get your best returns when pushing the envelope.

LITTLE GIRLS EYES: More 'Flowers For Zoƫ' in a beautiful dedication to his daughter who is now a first class star in her own right.

THE FAITH OF A CHILD: Epic! Off his latest ('Black & White America') and possibly his greatest.


OVER YOU: Classic off Raphael's current album 'Stone Rollin'' harking back to the good ole days of Rock N' Roll.

NEVER GONNA GIVE YOU UP Feat CJ & STEVIE WONDER: Taking it back to the Motown days...literally with Stevie and harmonica in tow. This is classic. People don't make music like this anymore, let alone get Stevie Wonder on a song...except Ray.

STILL RAY: "I'm coming home to you/wear something see-through". Over Dre piano-with the help of some tuba-it doesn't get much better than this.

TONI! TONY! TONE!-ANNIVERSARY: The original act, with their first date with commercial success. Always remembered.

LUCY PEARL-DANCE TONIGHT: Saadiq's second super-group with a little help from A Tribe Called Quest and En Vogue, a serious crossover smash hit. This is just how good Raphael Saadiq is. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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