Zealous Records has commissioned DJ and writer Oliver Wang to curate a second compilation named after his Soul Sides website. The concept of the series–a music blog writer as opposed to a DJ gathering and arranging the tracks–speaks not only to Wang’s excellent musical ear of, but also the ever-increasing influence and viability of blogs. The success of Soul Sides Volume One bore the idea for a second compilation, the latter featuring rare tracks of soul artists covering pop standards. Al Green takes on The Beatles, West Coast Revival battles Dave Mason, and Esther Phillips destroys Gil Scott-Heron.

Soul Sides Volume Two: The Covers is out May 22, 2007 on Zealous.

1. Sharon Cash – “Fever”
2. West Coast Revival – “Feelin’ Alright”
3. Al Green – “I Want to Hold Your Hand”
4. Esther Phillips – “Home is Where the Hatred Is”
5. Marcia Griffiths – “Here I am (Come and Take Me)”
6. Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra – “Che Che Cole”
7. Spanky Wilson – “Kissing My Love”
8. O.V. Wright – “Let’s Straighten It Out”
9. Cold Grits – “It’s Your Thing”
10. Byron Lee and the Dragonaires – “Express Yourself”
11. El Michels Affair – “Walk on By”
12. Los Mozambiques – “Viva Tirado”
13. Donovan Carless – “Be Thankful for What You Got”
14. Laura Lee – “What a Man”