This week Levi’s released Raphael Saadiq’s version of The Spinners 1970’s hit “It’s A Shame.”
The remake of the classic is a part of Levi’s Pioneer Sessions 2010 Revival Recordings.
Levi’s asked a dozen of their favorite pioneering artists spanning multiple genres to record a song. Further sweetening the deal – each song re-crafted by this amazing roster, including the likes of Nas, John Legend and Raphael Saadiq. They all were asked to record a song that mattered to them in a special way.
Says Levi’s of Saadiq’s choice: “Saadiq grew up during an amazing time for R&B. It seems likely that the Spinners’ “It’s a Shame” was heard often when he was a kid. Hailing from Detroit the ensemble perfected a smooth, fluid vocal approach and released complex songs that would help define R&B into the ’70s. Saadiq chose to re-craft the band’s pop hit “It’s a Shame,” a precise and concise plea to a wrong-doing woman co-authored by the great Stevie Wonder. Saadiq runs his velvety voice through the song, updating the iconic jingling guitar and bubbling bassline of the original.”