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Got to Have It

By Jacksoul (Sony); streaming at jacksoul.com

Missing from CBC Music’s new list of the Top 100 Canadian pop songs ever recorded is Jacksoul’s turn of the century hit Can’t Stop, a strummed, gently sweeping cut in which the late singer Haydain Neale both declares and questions the relentlessness of his love – “Can anybody feel me at all?”

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Many did feel Neale, the elegant and soulful singer who died young in 2009 of lung cancer. From the vaults now comes Got to Have It, a demo recorded in 2007 that has been refashioned in the current retro-disco style, with its Studio 54 beat, bass-popping statements and a guitar-treble manner invented by Nile Rodgers.

Given its borrowed vintage, the seventies pop-culture reference “you silly rabbit” is less embarrassing than it otherwise should be, on a funky tune about got-to-have-it booty and a pursuit of love by a man who will not be denied. Five years after his death, Neale still can’t stop.

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