Charles Bradley‘s final album, ‘Black Velve’t, will be released on November 9th via Dunham/Daptone Records
November 5, 2018 would have been Charles Bradley’s 70th birthday. In celebration of his extraordinary life, Daptone imprint Dunham Records will release his fourth and final album on November 9. Black Velvet will feature ten studio recordings never before included on any album including lead single “I Feel A Change.” Watch the video for the track, directed by Living On Soul’s Jeff Broadway & Cory Bailey.
Black Velvet is a celebration of Charles Bradley, lovingly assembled by his friends and family at Dunham/Daptone Records. Though chronologically the material spans Charles’ entire career, this is no anthology, greatest hits or other shallow rehashing of the songs that already made him famous. Rather, this album is a profound exploration through the less-travelled corners of the soulful universe that Charles and his longtime producer, co-writer and friend Tommy “TNT” Brenneck created in the studio together over their decade-long partnership.
Brenneck notes of “I Feel A Change,” recorded during the Victim of Love sessions, “Horns and organ were recorded later adding a haunting beauty to the otherwise a cappella intro. 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.”
Charles was truly a transcendent singer who led a remarkable life, overcoming unimaginable adversity to achieve great success and international acclaim very late in his life. What was really special about him and made him different from everybody else in the world was how he understood his pain as a cry for universal love and humanity. He felt that if he loved enough–-if we all loved each other enough—we could take away the world’s pain and sadness. That is why he jumped off the stage and literally tried to hug everybody he could. It’s why he took such great care of a mother that had abandoned him. It’s why he sang and danced like a lunatic. It’s why he screamed like an eagle. And that’s why we love him.
On September 23rd, 2017, Charles Edward Bradley passed away from cancer, surrounded by his family, friends and bandmates. ‘Black Velvet’ is a celebration of his life, and is destined to join Charles’ first three albums alongside the cannon of essential soul records for the ages.
Charles Bradley – Black Velvet
Format: CD – LP – Digital
Label: Dunham – Daptone Records
Releasedatum: 9 november 2018
01. Can’t Fight The Feeling
02. Luv Jones
03. I Feel A Change
04. Slip Away
05. Black Velvet
06. Stay Away
07. Heart Of Gold
08. (I Hope You Find) The Good Life
09. Fly Little Girl
10. Victim Of Love (Electric Version)