It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you listen to soul music. It’s generally uptempo and gets you moving. Well, if you want a music boost in the form of some soul music, then I have your prescription. The Tibbs is a soul band from The Netherlands that will definitely boost your mood. Yes, I did write about The Tibbs about a month ago. That was a 45 to whet the appetite, and it worked. The full album Takin’ Over delivers more of the soul goodness found on that 45.
From the beginning of the album you can’t help but move. “Dog Days” opens with a beat that gets you tapping your toes. Then you hear the horns and your head starts to move. All along you hear the sweetly raspy vocals of Elsa Bekman. If you heard this in a club, it’s pretty safe to say that no one in the place would be still.
This band also shows some prowess at slow jams with songs like “Until We Meet Again”. It’s hard not to think about Irma Thomas when you hear this song. Specifically, you hear the similarity in the tempo and the evocative delivery of Bekman’s vocals. You can feel the ache when you hear her belt this one out.
The album also features a version of “96 Tears”. You hear the familiar organ part throughout the song. However, you also hear a bass line that will get your hips swaying. Oh, and you hear some horns that really make the song irresistible. You might find you like this soulful version even better than the original by Question Mark and The Mysterians.
This album is everything that is great about soul music. You get melodies and rhythms to get you moving. You also get the emotion that you hear from singers like Sam Cooke and Willie Hightower. If you’re a fan of soul music, add this album to your collection. Takin’ Over will be available from Record Kicks on May 20.