Editors' pick

Big Bad City

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Editorial Review

Paul Vivari, who goes by the name Soul Call Paul, is the purist, the go-to guy for chugging '60s sounds. "A lot of nights also do soul, or they do disco, or they do Afrobeat, which I hate," says Vivari. "Very strictly, I don't do any funk. There's so much good soul."

His own oeuvre stops around 1973. "After that you get, like, funky slap bass," he says. In addition to songs you've never heard, expect Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours)," Gladys Knight and the Pips's "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and the Jackson 5. "A lot of the songs that are hits, they're hits for a reason," he says.

-- Lavanya Ramanathan (Dec. 4, 2009)