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SOUL RECOMMENDATIONS ?

Postby informer » Wed Dec 15, 2004 9:58 am

i decided to dig deeper into harmony soul (or even good disco - and i mean good). no matter which time it was recorded. quality is the main criteria. so i need the advice of the experts, some of which are here i'm sure.

i would prefer available compilations or standout abums for the beginning.
i am aware of all the "northern" soul releases, but that's not
exactly the style i search for. the songs should have a solid groove -
and a nice female backing chorus is always welcome ...

only one requirement: it shouldn't be to greasy, just soulful.

oh, yes, and it may sound a little funky sometimes (heavy bass, hmmm).
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Postby Thunder Ghost » Wed Dec 15, 2004 12:33 pm

Greasy, you say?
Hmmmm....How about checking out the two New Orleans Funk, Soul etc compilations on Soul Jazz. I only got around to getting them recently and I'm glad I did. They cover a lot of different styles and eras without too many obvious names. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised....
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Postby Fre van der Mugge » Wed Dec 15, 2004 1:07 pm

Two fantastic must buy southern soul harmony cd's:
Kelly Brothers - Santified southern soul (Kent/Excello)
Masquareders - Unmasked (Grapevine)

Great soul harmony compilations:
Rare soul harmony of the 60's (Goldmine)
In perfect harmony (Kent)

And don't forget groups like the Impressions, Dells, miracles et al
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Postby Anonymous » Wed Dec 15, 2004 1:56 pm

Don't forget "Greatest Recordings" by The Diplomats on Kent, "Impressed" on Kent, Don Julian & The Larks "The Jerk" on Kent, and going a bit further back to the roots of soul "Monkey Hips And Rice" by the Five Royales on Rhino.

Respect

Gordon
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Postby informer » Wed Dec 15, 2004 2:05 pm

thanks for your tips so far.

keep them coming.

maybe more 70s and onward ...

any extended hypnotic grooves ? available on cd ?
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Postby James » Wed Dec 15, 2004 5:07 pm

You could try some Isley Brothers for extended funky grooves, a bit of smoochiness (but not too much) some breaks and lots of great harmony - the 'It's Your Thing' 3 CD set is fab.

... of course, though, anyone who claims to like reggae MUST get the Impressions, (I'd recommend the 2 Definitive Impressions comps on Ace) their music puts so much reggae in context, as well as being too good to be true...
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Postby Fargo » Wed Dec 15, 2004 6:26 pm

Agree with James; for soul harmonies The Impressions are, literally, the best. For the gospel end of things I'd recommend the new Staple Singers compilation out on Kent. Stretches from mid-50s to early 80s and includes some devastating soul harmonics from the great Mavis.
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Postby James » Wed Dec 15, 2004 8:39 pm

Yes, of course, The Staple Singers :idea: - let me second Fargo and say you definitetly want to check that Informer - the recent 2 CD set on Ace is excellent ranging from early blues and gospel to their full on Stax/ Muscle Shoals killers. Includes the truly wonderful 'I'll Take You There' which reworks the Liquidator rhythm in a southern funky style... and Mavis Staples has one of the greatest voices of all time...
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Postby Anonymous » Wed Dec 15, 2004 8:59 pm

Aretha Franklin on Atlantic - several compilations available.
Generally, steer clear of her early CBC/Columbia years and her later Arista years, tho I do have a soft spot for some of the Arista Who's Zoomin Who stuff.
Rob
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Postby informer » Thu Dec 16, 2004 7:32 am

once again, thanks to all so far, this board is so great.
(not only for expanding your knowledge of reggae and by chance
your collection ..)


love you all (nearly)
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Postby Anonymous » Thu Dec 16, 2004 9:27 am

If you don't mind CDs, these are really great compilations:

http://www.unionsquaremusic.co.uk/title ... LABEL_ID=7
http://www.unionsquaremusic.co.uk/title ... LABEL_ID=7

I wouldn't call it harmony soul and its certainly not disco but its definitely funky throughout with some fine soulful and some (not too) jazzy edges. Recommended by Penny Reel on the old board and by me on this one.

Baldy
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Postby informer » Thu Dec 16, 2004 9:29 am

hi baldhead !

i second your tips because i have both sets. great.

there are some more great compis out there e.g. bay area funk.
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