The 1958 demo of the original version by the Impressions is off “Bandera Doo Wop“, while Aaron Neville’s “Orchid In The Storm” version (1985), candy sweet though it may be, has a unique quality – its style kinda fits in with Leonard Cohen’s “Ten New Songs” incidentally.
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Four tracks (and another one in a future post) off the “Bandera Doo Wop” v/a cd on Ace Limited Edition (CDLUX 005, 2011). What’s with the limited edition we asked Ace. Answered one friendly Neil: “over the years there have been quite a few projects which we haven’t been able to do because licensing in the tracks would be so expensive that we’d have to sell Beyonce-like quantities for the project to break even. Although we have still done projects that don’t ‘cost’, too many of these and clearly we’d be in trouble. The CDLUX releases are a way round this problem. The slightly higher price enables the release to break even on a realistic number of sales. Although they are limited editions, we always try and press up sufficient quantities for them to stay in catalogue for several years. I think all the Lux releases except for the very first one are still available.”
Stumbled across this edit whilst documenting another post on Harlem … Here’s the original studio version by Bill Withers and here’s an inspiring page on his “Harlem” and a few other songs. Do indeed check Withers’ 1972-10-06 Carnegie Hall live version – actually the whole 2lp (Sussex 1973) is a classic; sadly the Legacy site no longer has info on their 1997 single cd remaster.
Musicwise, see also “Superfly” (1972), “Hell up in Harlem” (1973), “Claudine” (1974) and a few other era movies set in Harlem … and so much, much more … though not this song! Indeed, if you feel like investigating which other Blaxploitation movies were set in Harlem (if not all), here’s a few more links …