A Selection of Classic Soul

A Selection of Classic Soul

As someone who generally has less of a discernible spiritual side than most serial killers, the aptly titled genre of soul music does more than any biblical text to make me believe in a higher power. Where I can even rationalize the existence of love and friendship as part of an evolutionary imperative instilled to promote protection and procreation, I can’t explain what drives a shiver up my spine when I hear a classic soul song.

While soul music has itself has been constantly involving, the 1970s unarguably represents the genre’s heyday. The church was still a dominant influence for the first generation of black artists who were finally allowed to ignore the perceived preferences of white audiences, at the same time, production techniques of the era were apt at reflecting the sonic warmth that suited this sound so well. This selection takes some lesser known stunners mostly from this seminal decade, surreptitiously suggesting something greater than us all.

Irma Thomas – Anyone Who Knows What Love Is Will Understand
Lisa Richards – Let’s Take a Chance
Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind
Toussaint McCall – Nothing Takes The Place of Your Man
Arthur Conley – Let Nothing Separate Us
Otis Redding – Just One More Day
The Untouchables – You’re On Top
Jonny Benavidez and Cold Mink – Tell Me That You Love Me
Taxie – I Think I’m Falling In Love
Jean Wells – Have A Little Mercy
Marvin Gaye – State Dialog
Sarah Webster Fabio – If We Come As Soft Rain
The Temprees – You Make the Sunshine
Robert Vanderbilt – A Message Especially From God
Johnny Davis – Stay Baby Stay
James Brown – Lost Someone
Sam Cooke – Any Day Now
The Staple Singers – Uncloudy Day
The Supreme Jubilees – It’ll All Be Over
The Enchanters – I Paid For the Party
Barbara West – Anyone But You
Al Kooper – Lookin’ For a Home
The Majestic Arrows – If I Had a Little Love
La Shun Pace Rhodes – I Know I’ve Been Changed
Pastor T.L. Barrett – Like a Ship

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