February 19, 2014 – 2:13 pm

CHARLES BRADLEY R.I.P. 1948 - 2017

American soul singer and exuberant live performer Charles Bradley has died on September 23, 2017, it was announced on Saturday. He was 68. Bradley received a diagnosis of stomach cancer last year. Earlier this month, announcing the cancellation of tour dates in the US, South America and Europe, he said that though he had beaten that illness, the cancer had spread to his liver.

“I love all of you out there that made my dreams come true,” he said in a statement then. “When I come back, I’ll come back strong, with God’s love. With God’s will, I’ll be back soon.” On Saturday a statement posted to social media said: “It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Charles Bradley. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.”

As well as comparisons to James Brown, Bradley’s voice and full-bodied style attracted comparisons to Otis Redding. He released three albums on the Daptone label: No Time for Dreaming (2011), Victim of Love (2013) and Changes (2016). Hit songs included The World (Is Going Up in Flames) and Strictly for You and he performed at festivals including Primavera Sound, Coachella, Lollapalooza and Glastonbury. -

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Bonn 2013 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Rockpalast Crossroads, Harmonie, Bonn, Germany; October 19, 2013. Excellent audio, extracted from HDTV broadcast.

Anyone who is even vaguely into R&B and soul should give this Screaming Eagle of Soul a listen, if you haven’t already. While Charles Bradley’s performances recall James Brown, critics have also compared him to Otis Redding. Live, he is a real powerhouse.

In the spring of 2012, Soul of America, a documentary directed by Poull Brien, debuted at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Poull Brien first met Bradley when he directed the music video for “The World (Is Going Up In Flames).” This feature film told Bradley’s story from his childhood in Florida, to the humble days of homelessness and heartache, then later his gigs as Black Velvet, and finally ended with him touring and recording at Daptone Records. The film went on to play prominent festivals around the world, and the story and legacy of Bradley continued. - wikipedia

Thanks to Pawel who recorded and shared the HDTV broadcast at Dime.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Funky Mule (instrumental) 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 02. Summer In The City (instrumental) 3:01 (5.1MB)
Track 03. Mighty Mighty (instrumental) 2:47 (4.7MB)
Track 04. Love Bug Blues 2:49 (4.7MB)
Track 05. Crying In The Chapel 4:11 (7.0MB)
Track 06. The World (Is Going Up In Flames) 3:24 (5.7MB)
Track 07. How Long 5:40 (9.5MB)
Track 08. You Put The Flame On It 4:40 (7.8MB)
Track 09. You Gotta Make It Right (instrumental) 3:03 (5.1MB)
Track 10. Artistics (instrumental) 3:04 (5.1MB)
Track 11. Where Do We Go From Here 3:36 (6.1MB)
Track 12. Hurricane 3:42 (6.2MB)
Track 13. Lovin’ You, Baby 5:01 (8.4MB)
Track 14. Strictly Reserved For You 3:59 (6.7MB)
Track 15. Confusion 5:16 (8.8MB)
Track 16. Let Love Stand A Chance 14:05 (23.7MB)
Track 17. Victim Of Love 6:49 (11.5MB)
Track 18. Riot (instrumental) 3:25 (5.8MB)
82 mins

Line up:
Charles Bradley - vocals, theramin
Alex Chackour - lead guitar, backing vocals
Paul Schalda - guitar, backing vocals
Vince Chiarito - bass
Mike Deller - organ
Billy Aukstik - trumpet
Freddie DeBoe - saxophone
Caito Sanchez - drums, backing vocals

Charles Bradley’s second album, Victim Of Love (2013), has been universally acclaimed. Click here to order the album.

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  2. Thanks, glad I took a chance on this one!

    By jimg on Feb 19, 2014

  3. truly spectacular!

    By Terri on Feb 19, 2014

  4. Thank you, another wonderful surprise. Cheers!

    By Felix on Feb 20, 2014

  5. time warner customers have had a set of 5 channels called epix that are free during a preview for 3 months. it ends in june. today at 915am on the 2nd of the 5 channels is a film about charles bradley called soul of america. its from 2011 and its the story of the rise to fame of a 63 yr old soul singer whose debut album landed on rolling stone magazines top 50 albums of 2011. its 75mins long. it will repeat a few times so if u miss this program which is starting right now u can catch it again. trust me..this is worth catching if u like soul music.

    By darth on May 6, 2014

  6. i love soul muscic thanks.

    By cards and things on May 6, 2014

  7. He was no Johnny Winter. who cares?

    By Tammy on Sep 24, 2017

  8. Tammy, do us a favor and drop dead.

    I tell ya, my guess its the same troll posting as bebe/tammy/dino etc etc. It’s like some virgin middle aged asshole getting his jollies while living in his parent’s basement. You know this idiot isn’t in a relationship or has a life.

    By Walt on Sep 27, 2017

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