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Black Velvet, the final and posthumous album from late soul-singing powerhouse Charles Bradley, is set for release next week on November 9 via Daptone Records imprint Dunham, and today NPR’s First Listen has shared a full stream of the record, available for listening now.

The 10 tracks are pulled from the recording sessions of Bradley’s three previous studio albums, and the title of the collection comes from the name the singer—known as the “Screaming Eagle of Soul”—used when working as a James Brown impersonator. Black Velvet includes an alternate recording of his song “Victim of Love,” plus covers of Neil Young’s “Heart of Gold,” Nirvana’s “Stay Away” and “Slip Away” by Rodriguez.

Listen to Charles Bradley’s final album, Black Velvet, via NPR here.