After putting together a couple of mixtapes of Jamaican Sounds I decided to ask Citizen Partridge to put together a Soul one along the same lines. Not only is Citizen Partridge’s knowledge of soul far superior than mine, he’s my older cousin(t), for whom I owe a severe debt of gratitude for my own love of music, when I was younger especially he was an endless supply of great music. I’m absolutely delighted he accepted and a massive thanks to Citizen Partridge for putting this together. Take it away Citizen.
I’m thrilled that BarryGruff, definitely my favourite cousin(t), has asked me to make a mixtape for his excellent blog, and so I present ‘Soul Power – Volume 1: Dancing in the Street‘.
Soul music has been part of my life for nearly twenty years now, and while this collection isn’t necessarily my ‘Top 21 Soul Songs In The World… Ever’, each one is a stone cold classic. I came to soul mainly via hip hop samples and mod, and you’ll probably hear the evidence of the former in some of the selection when you say ‘oh, that’s from the Wu Tang’ or whatever.
Anyway, here’s the mix, I hope you’ll enjoy it. And if you don’t, then clearly you ain’t got no soul.
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1. Martha Reeves and the Vandellas – Dancing In The Street
2. Spanky Wilson – Sunshine of Your Love
3. Betty Lavette – What Condition My Condition Is In
4. Marvin Gaye – Can I Get A Witness?
5. The Dynamics – Ain’t No Sun (Since You’ve Been Gone)
6. Monophonics – Like Yesterday
7. Sly Johnson – Different Strokes
8. Freedom Now Brothers – Sissy Walk
9. Maceo and the Macks – Soul Power 74 – Part I
10. Vicki Anderson – If You Don’t Give Me What I Want (I Gotta Get It Some Other Place)
11. Betty Harris – Mean Man
12. Ruth Brown – (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean
13. The Toys – Attack
14. Small Faces – Tin Soldier
15. Al Green – Take Me To The River
16. Sam & Dave – Soul Man
17. Bernie Hayes – Monkey Scratch, Parts 1 & 2
18. Rufus Thomas – Funky Hot Grits
19. Junior Walker & the All Stars – Shotgun
20. Wisln Pickett – Land of 1000 Dances
21. Ike & Tina Turner – Nut Bush City Limits
By the way, one of these is from 2011. If you’re desperate to know, the full tracklist with labels and years are in the file info tag, but see if you can guess which one first.