Toussaint McCall’s original version of “Nothing Can Take The Place Of You” has a low fi charm all it’s own – one that that took it right to the top of the R & B charts. The song’s enduring qualities have meant that it has had numerous covers over the years, and one of my favourites is this one by James Wood. The setting is pure southern soul, just listen to that lovely guitar intro for example, and this feeling is reinforced by the horn charts which are just super. Wood makes this a fine piece of country soul with his demonstrative vocal – and it is quite possible he’s white. This was cut at Sun Studios in Memphis.
Nothing takes the place of you / Hey Bo Diddley ~ KID GLOVE 446 (late 60s?)