Summer of Soul, Questlove’s documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, is getting a soundtrack release. The live recordings from the concerts staged at what is now Marcus Garvey Park include performances by Nina Simone, B.B. King, the 5th Dimension, the Staple Singers, and more. It’s out January 28 via Legacy. Listen to Sly & the Family Stone’s “Sing a Simple Song” and see the full tracklist below.
After its premiere at Sundance earlier this year, Summer of Soul won the U.S. Documentary Competition’s Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award. It’s up for a Best Music Film Grammy, a category that also includes Bo Burnham, David Byrne, Billie Eilish, and Jimi Hendrix. Questlove has another documentary project underway about Sly Stone.
Read Pitchfork’s interview “Questlove on Restoring Black Music History and Making One of the Year’s Best Films.”
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Various Artists: Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack:
01 The Chambers Brothers: “Uptown”
02 B.B. King: “Why I Sing the Blues”
03 The 5th Dimension: “Don’t Cha Hear Me Callin’ to Ya”
04 The 5th Dimension: “Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In”
05 David Ruffin: “My Girl”
06 The Edwin Hawkins Singers: “Oh Happy Day”
07 The Staples Singers: “It’s Been a Change”
08 The Operation Breadbasket Orchestra & Choir: “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” [ft. Mahalia Jackson and Mavis Staples]
09 Gladys Knight & The Pips: “I Heard It Through the Grapevine”
10 Mongo Santamaria: “Watermelon Man”
11 Ray Barretto: “Together”
12 Herbie Mann: “Hold On, I’m Comin’”
13 Sly & The Family Stone: “Sing a Simple Song”
14 Sly & The Family Stone: “Everyday People”
15 Abbey Lincoln / Max Roach: “Africa”
16 Nina Simone: “Backlash Blues”
17 Nina Simone: “Are You Ready”
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