Friday, May 16, 2008

William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You've Got - DJ Day re-edit

William DeVaughn is an R&B and soul singer from the 70s and 80s probably best known for this track, Be Thankful For What You've Got, which he initially released in 1974 or thereabouts and ended up selling well in excess of two million copies, which is understandable when you consider that members of legendary disco band MFSB played on it. The copy of the album of the same name sells for $50/$60 a copy now and there is one at Dusty Groove should the urge take you.

Apparently William, who is a Jehovah's Witness, got a bit preachy towards the mid-to-late 70s and spent a large deal of his shows admonishing his audience, which is sure-fire career suicide and started releasing albums that were fervently religious and his fan base dwindled as a result. The version of Be Thankful For What You've Got that fellow Inland Empire resident, DJ Day, has decided to re-edit is the 1980 version that William DeVaughn did on his comeback album and it is a record dripping with soul on a bed of boogie (pretty shit analogy, granted) and is a record that I can see being played on terraces in the sunshine over the summer. File this one next to your Latimore records and check out DJ Day's remix of Erykah Badu Honey, which you can download over at Northern Comfort - the instrumental is particularly good.

William DeVaughn - Be Thankful For What You've Got - DJ Day re-edit

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hey brother can you post it again. The link is dead:-(