A Mind Blower: KISS co-founder records loving classic soul album

(January 15, 2021) Rock and roller Paul Stanley has had a crazy, successful career for a half century, highlighted by his time as co-founder, guitarist, and vocalist of the legendary band KISS. Perhaps the last thing I expected to hear is that Stanley is a big lover of soul music, and that he has now taken that love to another level, forming the 15-piece band Soul Station, and readying a brand new album of both new and classic soul songs.

Stanley says, “Long before I ever heard the great British bands, I grew up listening to Philly Soul, Motown and so much more. I was lucky to see Otis Redding and Solomon Burke among others. That music and its storytelling gave me strength and hope even in some tough days. The great classics of that era are magical medicine for most and I felt myself drawn back to that era for some sorcery I think we could all use.”

(January 15, 2021) Rock and roller Paul Stanley has had a crazy, successful career for a half century, highlighted by his time as co-founder, guitarist, and vocalist of the legendary band KISS. Perhaps the last thing I expected to hear is that Stanley is a big lover of soul music, and that he has now taken that love to another level, forming the 15-piece band Soul Station, and readying a brand new album of both new and classic soul songs.

Stanley says, “Long before I ever heard the great British bands, I grew up listening to Philly Soul, Motown and so much more. I was lucky to see Otis Redding and Solomon Burke among others. That music and its storytelling gave me strength and hope even in some tough days. The great classics of that era are magical medicine for most and I felt myself drawn back to that era for some sorcery I think we could all use.”

Soul Station has toured small clubs the US and Japan for a few years, and on March 5 will issue the album Now and Then, featuring the band’s version of nine classic soul songs (including songs by The Spinners, The Temptations, The Stylistics, The Four Tops and Smokey Robinson) and five new ones in the same vain. See the “Behind the Scenes” video.

To give fans an advance taste, Soul Station has just issued an advance single, a faithful version of the classic Five Stairsteps 1970 classic, “O-O-h Child.” The song has full, rich production, including horns, and, while it doesn’t add anything meaningful to the original, it is a solid cover that has clearly been lovingly and respectfully put together.

Check out “O-O-H Child” below, and welcome the most unexpected new soul band of 2021.

Paul Stanley’s Soul Station – “O-O-H Child”

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Thanks to Kevin Goins for letting us know about this

 

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