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Category Archives: Soul

James Brown – Superbad, Superslick

The minister of super heavy Funk gives the world one of the richest Soul tunes.  This rich 1975 tune is spacious, funky, elegant, yet tough. This is in among  his greatest songs, and that’s not a statement made lightly.  And those backing vocals.


Sly & the Family Stone – If You Want Me To Stay

This is just one of many examples of how ‘soulful’ soul used to be. Ridiculously so in fact….none more Soul.. Amazing track from the ‘Fresh’ album (1973)

Prince – Automatic

The Electro is strong in this one, and made even better with the track cosying up with ‘Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)’ on his album 1999 (1981).  “A U T O matic”

Jimi Tenor – Spell

Jimi channels his inner Curts Mayfield on this track from the wonderful ‘Out Of Nowhere’ (2000) album.

Labi Siffre – I Got The…..

Stupendous Soul music from 1975 that has been sampled by many who don’t warrant a mention here. Simply put, the samples don’t do this track justice at all. Dive in.

Prince – Something In The Water (Does Not Compute)

A wonderful future funk track from Prince’s fifth studio album; 1982’s ‘1999’. This could be a contender for the tag ‘Minneapolis Techno’, and surely stands as one of the records that influenced the Motor City guys. Fantastic tune.

*This is a fan made video, just to let you know.

Rotary Connection – I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun

Stunning Psychedelic Soul from 1971 here. Rotary Connection were from Chicago, and were formed by Marshall Chess, son of Chess Records founder Leonard Chess. It is also of note that the receptionist of Chess records, a certain Minnie Ripperton, was one of the singers in this outfit.

The Undisputed Truth – Smiling Faces Sometimes

What a tune! Lush Soul music from the bands 1971 album ‘The Undisputed Truth’.

Marvin Gaye – Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)

Wonderful closer from Marvin’s 1971 classic ‘What’s Going On’ album. Beautiful, deep Soul music with those strings, horns; and that voice. Majestic.

Fishbone – Everyday Sunshine

Some Soul/Ska crossover from this LA band; delivering a genuinely lovely song that should have been a bigger ‘hit’. From the band’s sprawling 1991 album ‘The Reality Of My Surroundings’.

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