Charles Bradley Posthumously Releases New Album, ‘Black Velvet’ [Listen]

first_imgCharles Bradley was 63 years old when his first full-length album, No Time For Dreaming, was released via Daptone Records in 2011. Despite its title, the old school soul and R&B vocalist had spent much of his life chasing dreams, including his dream of putting out a record and performing for packed audiences night after night. These aspirations were what kept Bradley going during what was often a very difficult journey to stardom. Sadly, Bradley passed away at the age of 68, having relished every moment in the limelight that eluded him for most of his life. While we won’t get to see his infectious smile on stage anymore, his music will always be here for all of us.A month before what would have been his 70th birthday, Daptone and their Dunham Records imprint announced the posthumous release of The Screaming Eagle of Soul’s final album, Black Velvet, officially due out on November 9th. Black Velvet features ten previously unreleased tracks, pulled from the recording sessions for Bradley’s three albums, including No Time for Dreaming, 2013’s Victim of Love, and 2016’s Changes.The new album includes covers of Nirvana‘s “Stay Away”, Neil Young‘s “Heart of Gold”, and Rodriguez‘s “Slip Away”, as well as a duet with LaRose Jackson called “Luv Jones”, a full-band take on “Victim of Love”, and more. The album’s title track is an instrumental by Menahan Street Band, for which Bradley never got the chance to record vocals.Today, NPR is providing a pre-release full album stream, which you can listen to here.Below, you can watch the official music video for the album’s lead single, “I Feel A Change”, featuring clips of Charles’ performing years:Charles Bradley – “I Feel A Change” [Official Video][Video: DaptoneRecords]Culled from Bradley’s Victim of Love sessions, this new version of “I Feel A Change” features organ and horn parts that were added later. As Tommy “TNT” Brenneck, frequent collaborator and friend of Bradley, recently of the song,The lyrics are 100% Charles. Personal yet abstract. Directly from the heart. He truly loved the expression ‘going through changes’ and this was a few years before we would record our rendition of Sabbath’s “Changes” with the Budos. Sadly Charles never got to hear the finished version of this beautiful song.You can see the full tracklisting for Charles Bradley’s Black Velvet below. For more information, hit the Daptone Records website.last_img