Friday, December 01, 2006

Word up? More Willis

As I've probably said before, The Daily Growl isn't a request show. But I do respond to stuff sometimes, you know. Recently I've had a surprising amount of people getting in touch with me about Willis. Given all the much more famous people I've blogged about, why Willis, the young, deep-voiced country-soul singer from London whose last release was about three years ago? Well, apparently her cover of codpiece funkster Cameo's Word Up was on CSI lately, and it seems to have gone down well. I first posted on Willis a while back, and my posting of Word Up and other tracks seems to have aroused some interest. Unfortunately the files aren't available any more. But I'm rectifying that now. So for all those who asked for it, here it is again, in all its rough-edged glory.

Download: Willis - Word Up

This track was released on an EP contining another cover, this time of the gospel standard Give Me That Old Time Religion, given a fine old down-home treatment. This EP, which came out at the end of 2003 was the last widely-available recording from Willis, before she was unceremoniously dropped by her record label 679 (also recently late of the Futureheads).

Download: Willis - Old Time Religion

From my cursory surfing, it seems to be pretty hard to find her album Come Get Some to download anywhere, so here are some tracks from that LP to whet your appetite. However, it does seem that you can still buy both Come Get Some and the Take You High EP on Amazon - so if you're keen for more get over there and buy! The planned live shows obviously haven't worked out this year unfortunately, but here's hoping some for next year. In the meantime, there are a couple of new tracks on Willis' myspace, including a cover of 9 to 5. Nice.

Download: Willis - Take You High
Download: Willis - Heal My Soul
Download: Willis - November

22 comments:

Jamina said...

These are amazing, thanks!

Anonymous said...

I have been looking for this for freaking ever. Thanks.

Silvia said...

Great choice, thanks for posting!

[Where's the rss?]

v.king said...

i've discovered willis by an american friend of mine, with the song "november" and ... i fall in love!!! a huge thank you from Paris where i can't find any CD of this great artist

Shannon said...

Thank you thank you thank you!!! Another site listed the Cameo cover as Beth Orton so I couldn't find it and now I have! Love the other tunes you have posted by Willis also!

web-betty said...

YAY! I've been looking for "Word Up" by Willis for some time. Thank you so much for posting it! I've also listend to the other songs...they are just as unique. I will definitely be purchasing the album.

SUPPORT GOOD MUSIC!

Anonymous said...

Briliant! Just saw the CSI episode last night here in New Zealand and went straight online to find THAT song. I hope a new label picks here up soon on the strength of that show!

Anonymous said...

Yup, I'm in NZ too - saw the CSI ep last nite. TVM for posting this great cover.

Anonymous said...

Count one more click for the CSI link :) just a spot slower than the others, but coming down the same path. So thanks for your posting.

Anonymous said...

thanks for posting. i've been looking for this all day...

Anonymous said...

Thanks a bunch. I was having a hard time looking for this

Henk said...

.... yeh, heard it on CSI, then found it on iTunes, can't stop listening to it. Thanks for posting the other tracks - I'll be buying from Amazon next. Amazing voice, gooseflesh-inducing delivery, great stuff.

Katy said...

More of the same - heard the track on CSI and just couldn't get her voice out of my head! I also tried the Beth Orton track until I found your site, thank you so much! Got to get the album!

Shades said...

Golly gee! Searched the internet high and low and finally found something about the version of Word Up featured in a C.S.I. episode...unfortunately, I could not listen...much less download any of it from this site. It's a dead link! Boo hoo!

Anonymous said...

OMIGOSH!! I've been goin out of my head with this song Word up. I've been watching CSI season 7 & I love this song. I love u Willis.... You are da bomb! U Rock!

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