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Linda Jones

Many people claim that such-and-such is “the best song ever.” These people are full of shit. Trust me: the best song ever is Linda Jones’ version of “For Your Precious Love.” How do I know this? Fine. I don’t. I just hope, given how visceral and shivery my reaction is every time I hear it. It kicks me in the gut — hard.

Colin Escott calls Linda Jones’ later recordings for Turbo “probably the most gloriously histrionic soul records of all time.” I like that. Her voice isn’t for everyone, but for those who aren’t scared off by a musician pouring everything they have into their music, there’s really no one better.

Almost just as amazing is “That’s When I’ll Stop Loving You.” I think the best part is the end with the fade-out on her voice-cracky scream.

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