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Don't Sell Your Soul

by Mike James Kirkland

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    Before the release of his seminal, socially-conscious, 1972 soul album, Hang On In There, a young Mike James Kirkland released a number of singles as Mike and The Censations. Despite being offered a record deal by Curtis Mayfield, eventually making a deal with MCA, and selling in excess of 50,000+ singles, Mike and the Censations never released an album and never fully realized their potential. Here for the first time are all of his early-releases, along with some unreleased gems discovered on tapes as this project was being researched. Pigeon-holed as a doo-wop group by one of their early labels, Mike and The Censations fought to battle that image. In doing so they made a unique blend of soul, funk, and even jazz-influenced tunes, occasionally sneaking in an up-tempo number on a B-side. Their doo-wop tunes were pretty damn amazing too, dripping in soul and becoming big favorites of the low-rider scene. ... more
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    This package includes Mike James Kirkland's Don't Sell Your Soul Double LP and Hip-Hop group, Soundsci's Soundsational LP. All the music on Soundsational was inspired from the Don't Sell Your Soul record.

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released October 18, 2011

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Track Name: Don't Sell Your Soul
Backing singers: Ooooh
Now I understand the message
That my daddy left for me
It was a long, long time ago
And it didn't make much sense, you see
But he said a man tries many things
Backing singers: A man tries many things
To get ahead in life
But no matter what you try
You gotta find some misery and strife
Backing singers: Ooooh
And the greatest message that I
Backing singers: Ooooh
Was ever told
Backing singers: Now keep what you've got
No matter what you do in life my son
Don't sell your soul
No, no, no don't sell your soul
It ain't worth it if you
Got to sell your soul
Backing singers: Don't sell your soul
Hang on to it boy
Backing singers: Don't sell your soul
It's the only thing and it's really yours
Now there's been a many a time
That I needed a helping hand
Backing singers: When I was down and out
Until one day I finally realized
That everybody's got to make their own chance
And you can't go walking in the street
Saying, Ain't nothing I can do about it.
Oh that could only be true
If you stop right there and say, I quit.
Backing singers: Ooooh
But if you take heed from this message
Backing singers: Ooooh
And it's the greatest that was ever told
Backing singers: Now don't you give it up, boy
And no matter what you do in life
Don't sell your soul
It's gonna be alright if you don't sell your soul
Backing singers: Don't sell your soul
Now you say you look me to love
You say you don't understand
Backing singers: Ooooh
Well hold your head up high
Backing singers: Ooooh
It happens to every other man
Backing singers: Ooooh
You see love is funny
Backing singers: Dooo, no, no, no, no
It'll do these things to you
Backing singers: Aaaaahhh
And if your girl's about to do you wrong
You've got to say, Hey I quit
Girl we are through.
And don't sell your soul
No, no, no, don't you dare sell your soul
Hang on to it...

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