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    Personal favorite R&B/Soul Albums

    What are ur favorite R&B/Soul albums??

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    The Miracles-From The Beginning
    The Temptations Sing Smokey
    Mary Wells-Vintage Stock
    From The Vaults
    Billy Butler- Right Track
    Major Lance-The Monkey Time
    The Paragons Meet The Jesters
    The Flamingos Meet The Moonglows
    The Spinners
    The O'Jays - Breaking Through
    Greetings,We're The Monitors
    The Five Keys [[Aladdin)
    Flamingo Favorites
    The Flying Platters
    The Impressions-Ring High
    The Impressions' Greatest Hits
    The Marvelettes' Greatest Hits
    Martha & Vandellas' Greatest Hits
    The Four Tops' Greatest Hits
    The Temptations' Greatst hits
    Stevie Wonder's Greatest Hits
    Gladys Knight & Pips-Everybody Needs Love
    The Isley Bros-Tamla/Motown [[Forget title-i have it, but too lazy to look through the shelves)
    Marv Johnson-Tamla/Motown 9same problem as above)

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    Stevie Wonder - Talking Book [[first album that came to mind)
    If greatest hits collections are to be considered, then Temptations' "Emperors of Soul" and Stevie's "At the Close of the Century". Just a few of the others, to which I'll add later:
    Anita Baker - Rapture
    Freddie Jackson - Rock Me Tonight
    Cameo - Feel Me/Knights of the Sound Table
    Alexander O'Neal - Hearsay
    Janet Jackson - Control
    Lakeside - Shot of Love
    Heatwave - Too Hot to Handle/Central Heating
    Michael Jackson - Off the Wall/Thriller
    Roger Troutman - The Many Facets of Roger
    Manhattans - Love Talk
    Rick James - Come Get It
    Prince - 1999
    The Time - What Time is It?
    [[more to come...)
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    Jerry, Your list makes me reflect upon how old I really am!

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    It shouldn't. I dig all of the albums and artists on your list, but I was in my prime in the late '70s and '80s, so my list represents the records I bought. However, I still love the music my parents played back in the '60s; it's just that those are their records, not mine.

    In the '80s, I had my friends grooving to '50s era Drifters, Clovers, Coasters, Little Richard, Johnny Ace, and Dells as well as Motown and Stax from the '60s, even as we were dancing at the clubs to the albums on my list, Robb. It was my car, so it was my mix tape, after all.

    I hate to tell you, but looking at my list reminds me of how old I am as well...

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    A few of mine include:

    "Body Heat"- Quincy Jones
    "Central Heating" - Heatwave
    "Temptations Sing Smokey" - Temptations
    "All N' All" - EWF
    "Sweet Love" - Anita Baker
    "Four Tops" - Four Tops
    "TP" - Teddy Pendergrass

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    Marv, you reminded me to add Quincy Jones' "The Dude" to my list. That was an excellent album that introduced us to James Ingram. I'm going to add "Light Up the Night" by the Brothers Johnson and "Live at the Saenger Theater in New Orleans" by Maze featuring Frankie Beverly.

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    Oh, "The Dude" was the album to have for the entire year of 1981! It was the most popular. I don't know what awards it may have won, but It was a must have during my college days.

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    Before, two observations: 1)- No Funk, Jazz-funk, Jazz, Blues, Disco or Gospel, only vocal soul. 2)- Only the albums I likes as a whole thing [[not only one or two or five tracks), but the ones I can hear joyously from the beginning to the end:

    01- Stevie Wonder: "Looking Back"
    02- Stevie Wonder: "Songs In The Key Of Life"
    03- Temptations: "All Directions"
    04- Marvin Gaye: "What's Goin' On"
    05- Marvin Gaye: "Trouble Man [[OST)"
    06- Marvin Gaye: "Here My Dear"
    07- Marvin Gaye: "Dream Of A Lifetime"
    08- Jerry Butler: "Ice Man Cometh"
    09- Jerry Butler: "Suite For The Single Girl"
    10- Jerry Butler: "Love's On The Menu"
    11- Jerry Butler: "Best Love"
    12- Curtis Mayfield: "Never say Can't You Survive"
    13- Curtis Mayfield: "Something To Believe In"
    14- Eddie Kendricks: "He's A Friend"
    15- Billy Paul: "War Of The Gods"
    16- Billy Paul: "Only The Strong Survive"
    17- Lou Rawls: "A Natural Man"
    18- Lou Rawls: "All Things In Time"
    19- Lou Rawls: "Unmistakably Lou"
    20- Angelo Bond: "Bondage"
    21- Isaac Hayes: "To Be Continued"
    22- Isaac Hayes: "New Horizon"
    23- Isaac Hayes & Dionne Warwick: "A Man & A Woman"
    24- Teddy Pendergrass: "Teddy Pendergrass"
    25- Teddy Pendergrass: "Life Is A Song Worth Singing"
    26- Teddy Pendergrass: "Teddy"
    27- Johnny Mathis: "I'm Stone In Love With You"
    28- Wilson Pickett: "In Philadelphia"
    29- Solomon Burke: "Music To Make Love By"
    30- Minnie Riperton: "Perfect Angel"
    31- Dee Dee Sharp: "What Color Is Love"
    32- Melba Moore: "A Portrait Of Melba"
    33- Stylistics: "Rockin' Roll Baby"
    34- The Spinners: "New & Improved"
    35- Blue Magic: "Magic Of The Blue"
    36- Blue Magic, Major Harris & Margie Joseph: "Live!"
    37- O'Jays: "Workin' In Your Case"
    38- O'Jays: "Live In London"
    39- O'Jays: "Ship Ahoy"
    40- O'Jays: "Survival"
    41- O'Jays: "Message In Our Music"
    42- Mighty Clouds Of Joy: "Kickin'"
    43- Mighty Clouds Of Joy: "Truth Is The Power"
    44- Soul Survivors: "Soul Survivors"
    45- Little Anthony & The Imperials: "Out Of Sight Out Of Mind"
    46- Chi-lites: "A Letter To Myself"
    47- Chi-lites: "A Lonely Man"
    48- Chi-lites: "You And Me"
    49- Intruders: "Super Hits"
    50- Futures: "Past, Present & The Futures"
    51- Bunny Sigler: "Sweeter Than The Berry [[The Best Of Bunny Sigler)"
    52- Delfonics: "Golden Classics"
    53- Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: "Wake Up Everybody"
    54- Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: "Reaching For The World"
    55- Dramatics: "Drama V"
    56- Dramatics: "Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get"
    57- Dells & Dramatics: "The Dells Versus The Dramatics"
    58- The Miracles: "Love Crazy"
    59- Four Tops: "Catfish"
    60- Eddie Kendricks: "Goin' Up On Smoke"
    61- Joe Tex: "Rub Down"
    62- Joe Tex: "Bumps & Bruisses"
    63- Phyllis Hyman: "Phylladelphia [[The Gamble-Huff Years)"
    64- Carmen Lundy: "Devil Moon"
    65- James Brown: "Soul Syndrome"
    66- Tyrone Davis: "It's All In The Game"
    67- O.V. Wright: "We're Still Together"
    68- Stevie Wonder: "Hotter Than July"
    69- Billy Paul: "Let 'Em In"
    70- Anthony White: "It Could be Magic"
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    I'll just say that my list is too big for me to even bother listing them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulster View Post
    I'll just say that my list is too big for me to even bother listing them.
    Soulster, if you had one day on Earth and time to listen to five albums, you couldn't BEGIN to list them? Even if your list of utter favorites has 100 albums on it, I have to believe you could find something. My list above is just off the top of my head; if I tried to be objective, it would easily be three times as long.

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    As some people have listed a mixture of funk, jazz-funk, instrumental bands, etc., with your permission, i'll post a second list that includes "the other favorite albums" [[there is jazz-funk, fusion, acid-jazz, disco-flavoured soul and funk,...):

    01- Booker T & The MG's: "Soul Limbo"
    02- Blackbyrds: "Flying Start"
    03- People's Choice: "Boogie Down USA"
    04- People's Choice: "We Got The Rhythm"
    05- Trammps: "Disco Champs"
    06- Azymuth: "Tightrope Walker"
    07- Dedato: "Dedato 2"
    08- Defunkt: "Defunkt"
    09- Quincy Jones: "Roots [[OST TV Serie)"
    10- Leon Huff: "Her To Create Music"
    11- MFSB: "MFSB"
    12- MFSB: "Love Is The Message"
    13- Monk Montgomery: "Reality"
    14- Grover Washington Jr.: "Skylarkin'"
    15- Crusaders: "Southern Comfort"
    16- Crusaders: "Chain Reaction"
    17- Crusaders: "Street Life"
    18- Herbie Hancock: "Secrets"
    19- Herbie Hancock: "Feets Don't Fail Me Now"
    20- herbie Hancock: "Mr. Hands"
    21- Earth, Wind & Fire: "All 'N All"
    22- Earth, Wind & Fire: "I Am"
    23- Salsoul Orchestra: "Magic Journey"
    24- Incognito: "100 And Rising"
    25- Incognito: "Beneath The Surface"
    26- Jimmy Castor Bunch: "E-Man Boogie"
    27- Edwin Birdsong: "Supernatural"
    28- Maze: "Silky Soul"
    29- Dexter Wansel: "Life On Mars"
    30- Lonnie Liston Smith: "Visions Of A New World"
    31- Ramsey Lewis: "Sun Goddes"
    32- Ramsey Lewis: "Salongo"
    33- Ramsey Lewis: "Don't It Feel Good"
    35- Cleveland Eaton: "Bama Boogie Woogie"
    36- Ju-Par Universal orchestra: "Moods & Grooves"
    37- Roy Ayers: "In The Dark"
    38- Bob James: "Three"
    39- Richard Tee: "Natural Ingredients"
    40- Instant Funk: "Instant Funk"
    41- WAR: "The Music Band, 2"
    42- Sly & The Family Stone: "There's A Riot Goin' On"
    43- Joe Bataan: "Call My Name" [[here is more latin jazz than latin soul elements)
    44- Anvil Band: "Anvil Band"
    45- Montana: "Heavy Vibes"

    [[*) there are some other albums favorites by some of these same artists that, IMHO, lack the "R&B" or the "Soul" ingredient [[for example Ramsey's "Solar Wind", too much "pure jazz") that I don't listed.
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    I'm a Brit so I'll just list a few that got me into collecting soul LP's back in the 60's .....
    Bell Cellar of Soul Vol.1
    Bell Cellar of Soul Vol.2
    Bell Cellar of Soul Vol.3
    Impressions Big 16 Vol.1
    Impressions Big 16 Vol.2
    Rare Stamps [[Mancha + Barnes)
    Jimmy James & Vagabonds -- New Religion
    Isley Brothers -- This Old Heart Of Mine
    This Is Soul V.A. [[Atlantic / Stax)
    Sam & Dave -- Hold On I'm Coming
    Sam & Dave -- Double Dynamite
    The Sue Story Vol.2 [[V.A.)
    ... another goodie from the very end of the 60's ....
    Boy Meets Girl V.A. [[Stax duets)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    Soulster, if you had one day on Earth and time to listen to five albums, you couldn't BEGIN to list them? Even if your list of utter favorites has 100 albums on it, I have to believe you could find something. My list above is just off the top of my head; if I tried to be objective, it would easily be three times as long.
    No, I couldn't. I really do have that much music and too many favorites to list them. Understand I have over five decades of music and over 30,000 albums.

    I am what you call a music slut.

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    Several of my favorites have already been mentioned, but here are a few more that no else has listed:

    Junior Walker: Shotgun [[Soul)
    Junior Walker: Roadrunner [[Soul)
    The Temptations: With a Lot O' Soul [[Gordy)
    Otis Redding: Otis Blue [[Otis Redding Sings Soul) [[Volt)
    Otis Redding: History of Otis Redding [[Volt)
    Otis Redding: The Dock of the Bay [[Atco)
    Albert King: Born Under A Bad Sign [[Stax)
    Sam & Dave: The Best of Sam & Dave [[Released on Atlantic, but all selections were recorded at the Stax studio in Memphis)
    Eddie Floyd: Rare Stamps [[Stax)
    Otis Clay: Trying To Live My Life Without You [[Hi)
    Syl Johnson: Total Explosion [[Hi)

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    LPs So Far: [[under the stipulation, of "entire album, start to finish")

    Chic "C'est Chic" 1978 Atlantic
    Chic "Risque" 1979 Atlantic
    Teddy Pendergrass "Teddy" 1979 Philedelphia International

    My CD Collection:

    702 "No Doubt" 1996 Motown
    Al B Sure! "In Effect Mode" 1988 Warner Bros
    Babyface "Tender Lover" 1989 Solar
    Monica "The Boy Is Mine" 1998 Arista
    Patrice Rushen "Straight From The Heart" 1982 Elektra
    Pebbles "Always" 1990 MCA
    Rainy Davis "Sweetheart" 1987 Columbia
    Stevie Wonder "Innervisions" 1973 Tamla
    Stevie Wonder "Songs In the Key of Life" 1976 Tamla
    Stevie Wonder "Talking Book" 1972 Tamla
    Teena Marie "Irons In the Fire" 1981 Gordy
    Teena Marie "It Must Be Magic" 1981 Gordy
    Toni Braxton "Toni Braxton" 1993 LaFace
    Vanessa Williams "The Comfort Zone" 1991 Wing
    Vanessa Williams "The Right Stuff" 1988 Wing
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    Just a few of my favourite albums

    Doris Duke - "I'm A Loser"
    Ben E King - "What Is Soul"
    Ben E King - "Songs For Soulful Lovers"
    Ben E King - "Spanish Harlem"
    Ben E King - "I Had A Love"
    Ben E King - "Let Me In Your Life"
    Jerry Butler - "Iceman Cometh"
    Jerry Butler - "Ice On Ice"
    Jerry Butler - "Sagittarius Movement"
    Jerry Butler - "Spice of Life"
    Paul Kelly - "Don't Burn Me"
    Otis Redding - "Sings Soul Ballads"
    Lamont Dozier - "Out Here On My Own"
    Lamont Dozier - "Black Bach"
    Lamont Dozier - "Peddlin' My Music On The Side"
    Lamont Dozier - "Right There"
    Joe Simon - "Drowning In The Sea Of Love"
    Tyrone Davis - "I Had It All The Time"
    Stevie Wonder - "Music Of My Mind"
    Stevie Wonder - "Uptight"
    Ray Charles - "In Person"
    Drifters - "I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing"
    Ralph Graham - "Differently"
    Gil Scott-Heron - "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
    Terry Callier - "Occasional Rain"
    Terry Callier - "What Colour Is Love"
    Terry Callier - "I Just Can't Help Myself"
    Terry Callier - "Fire On Ice"
    Parliament - "Chocolate City"
    Isley Brothers 3+3
    David Porter - "Victim Of A Joke"
    Johnny Bristol - "Hang On In There Baby"
    Impressions - "Fabulous Impressions"
    Impressions - "Choice Of Colours"
    Impressions - "The Young Mods' Forgotten Story"
    Impressions - "This Is My Country"
    Impressions - "Check Out Your Mind"
    Dramatics - "Dramatically Yours"
    Dramatics - "A Dramatic Experience"
    Dramatics - "The Dramatic Jackpot"
    Dramatics - "Drama V"
    Dramatics - "Joy Ride"
    Dells/Dramatics - "Dells Vs Dramatics"
    Dells - "The Mighty Mighty Dells"
    Dells - "No Way Back"
    Dells - "Sweet As Funk Can Be"
    Dells - "Musical Menu"
    Spinners - "Spinners"
    Spinners - "Mighty Love"
    Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - "Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes"
    Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - "Black & Blue"
    Millie Jackson - "Caught Up"
    Swamp Dogg - "Total Destruction Of Your MInd"
    Temptations - "With A Lot Of Soul"
    Temptations - "In A Mellow Mood"
    Temptations - "Wish It Would Rain"
    Temptations - "Gettin' Ready"
    Temptations - "Sing Smokey"
    Temptations - "Temptin' Temptations"
    Smokey Robinson - "Pure Smokey"
    Curtis Mayfield - "Curtis"
    Curtis Mayfield - "Roots"
    Curtis Mayfield - "Superfly"
    Johnnie Taylor - "Super Taylor"
    Johnnie Taylor - "Eargasm"
    Bobby Womack - "The Poet"
    Bobby Womack - "Understanding"
    Bobby Womack - "Communication"
    Bobby Womack - "Roads Of Life"
    Four Tops - "Main Street People"
    Four Tops - "Meeting Of The Minds"
    Ohio Players - "Pleasure"
    Ohio Players - "Skin Tight"
    O'Jays - "Ship Ahoy"
    O'Jays - "Back Stabbers"
    O'Jays - "Survival"
    O'Jay's - "Family Reunion"
    Stylistics - "Stylistics"
    Stylistics - "Stylistics Round 2"
    Delfonics - "Delfonics"
    Luther Vandross - "Never Too Much"
    Various Artists - "Apollo Saturday Night"
    Whispers - "Planets Of Life"
    Whispers - "Bingo"
    Whispers - "Life & Breath"
    Was [Not Was] - "Was Not Was"
    Was [Not Was] - "Born To Laugh At Tornadoes"
    Keni Burke - "You're The Best"
    Invisible Man's Band - "Invisible Man's Band"
    Anacostia - "Anacostia"
    Presidents - "5-10-15-20-25-30 Years of Love"
    Lou Rawls - "Soulin'"
    Marvin Gaye - "What's Going On"
    Joe Tex - "Live & Lively"
    Joe Tex - "The New Boss"
    Joe Tex - "Hold On To What You've Got"
    Joe Tex - "The Love You Save"
    Joe Tex - "I've Got To Do A Little Bit Better"
    Blue Magic - "Blue Magic"
    Isaac Hayes - "Hot Buttered Soul"
    Trammps - "Ledgendary Zing Album"
    Trammps - "Trammps"
    Bunny Sigler - "My Music"

    That'll do for now.

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    OK, i'll try to play the game. But, here is a very select few, since I have to get to work:

    The Temptations - With A Lot Of Soul
    Joe Tex - I Gotcha
    Curtis Mayfield - Superfly
    Spinners - S/T
    Lou Rawls - All Things In Time
    Teddy pendergrass - TP
    The Honey Cone - Soul Tapestry
    Aretha Franklin - Aretha Now
    Average White Band - Cut The Cake
    Johnny Taylor - Eargasm
    Emotions - Rejoyce
    Ohio Players - Fire
    Earth, Wind & Fire - Spirit
    Maze - Featuring Frankie Beverly
    O'Jays - Backstabbers
    Chic - C'Est Chic
    Sister Sledge - We Are Family
    Four Tops - Keeper Of The castle
    Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
    The Whispers - Imagination
    Switch II
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    Gosh, re-listening to my Vicki Sue Robinson's "Never Gonna Give You Up" lp, GOSH, not kidding, Vicki Sue Robinson; one of the most charismatic voices my ears have ever heard; especially on such numbers as the title track, "We Can Do Almost Anything" and "Act of Mercy".
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    Despite the fact that the immense majority of the soul compilations by various artists lack coherence and / or there are usual "filling" stuff [[this were more usual from the 90's re-editions on were we can say "Te Very best of Seventies Sou...", for example, including Otis, Aretha, Boney M, Eruption,...!)... really there are some authentic VV.AA. LP's that I likes a lot from the first to the last track and served to me for discovering "new" artists to investigate:

    - "Takin' You There" - Stax
    - "Hits & Soul, Vol. 1, 2,...10" - Atlantic
    - "El Sonido de Filadelfia, Vol. 1, 2,...4" - PIR / CBS
    - "Don Cornelius Presents... Soul Train Super Tracks" - Adam VIII, Ltd.
    - "Soul Food" - ABC
    - "Soul Shots: La La means I Love You. Soul Ballads" - Rhino
    - "Soulin', Vol. 1" - Moonshine
    - "Wattstax" - Stax
    - "Let's clean Up The Ghetto" - PIR

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    Are straight up Funk albums excluded?

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    OK...compilations-wise - and I have gobs of them, as I'm sure everyone does - all the classics in one place - I'd say my favorite...is the Complete Motown Number Ones 10-disc set. Costed me near two hundred bucks when I bought it hahaha, the shape of the box alone is worth the price, like a scaled-down miniature Hitsville USA building! But inside, 192 pieces of pure music history, each one a number one on a chart, or even multiple charts at once, one time or another, all around the world.

    The usual hearty helpings of classics, such as "Shop Around", "Please Mister Postman", "My Guy", "Baby Love", "My Girl", "I Can't Help Myself", ect, dancefloor burners such as "Love Hangover", "Don't Leave Me This Way", "I'm Coming Out", to "In My House", "If Ever You Should Be Lonely", "Tina Cherry", Worldly "Ones" such as Rare Earth's "Get Ready" [[#1 Canada), Diana Ross' "I'm Still Waiting" [[#1 U.K. & Ireland), Commodores' "Lady [[You Bring Me Up [[#1 New Zealand), Charlene's "I've Never Been To Me" [[#1 UK, Australia, Canada, & Ireland), even a couple of Country, T.G. Sheppard's "Devil In The Bottle", "Tryin' To Beat The Morning Home", plus ten more tracks, original songs that later artists covered it to #1, such as Marvin Gaye's "How Sweet It Is", Martha & the Vandellas' "Dancing In the Street", Dennis Edward's "Don't Look Any Further", to even Guinn, performing the original "Dreamin'".

    However, if looking for Four Tops, Marvelettes, may have to buy other stuff - while the set also represents well with 14 Supremes, 19 Temptations, 14 Marvin Gaye, 12 Diana Ross, 12 Jackson Five / Michael Jackson, 13 Lionel Richie, and a whopping 29 Stevie Wonder tracks!

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    My absolute favorite comp isn't of soul music. It's the Rhino 25-CD compilation "Have A Nice Day: Super hits of the 70s".

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    "Can You Dig It? The 70s Soul Experience" is by far my favorite compilation of various artists. I think that '70s soul is perhaps the most under-appreciated era of soul music and this set puts together a great collection of hits, all of which will take you back to better days. Chances are that you have most of these songs somewhere else, but it's nice to get them all together in one 6 cd set.

    http://www.amazon.com/Can-You-Dig-So...+you+dig+it%3F

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    [QUOTE=Jerry Oz;121388]"Can You Dig It? The 70s Soul Experience" is by far my favorite compilation of various artists. I think that '70s soul is perhaps the most under-appreciated era of soul music and this set puts together a great collection of hits, all of which will take you back to better days. Chances are that you have most of these songs somewhere else, but it's nice to get them all together in one 6 cd set.

    Rhino used to be the absolute master at developing cross-licensed various artists compilations. I probably have approximately 30 or so on Rhino single disc comps and I have at least four [[I may be forgetting some) of their box sets:

    Can You Dig It? The 70s Soul Experience
    Beg, Scream and Shout: The Big Ol' Box of 60s Soul
    The Doo Wop Box: 101 Vocal Group Gems
    The Doo Wop Box II: 101 More Vocal Group Gems

    With the exception of the first Doo Wop Box, nearly every Rhino comp I have in my collection is now out of print, which is a shame. These compilations may not have sold well, but it wasn't for lack of quality. Like you mentioned, Jerry, with regard to the 70s soul box set, I already have most of what is on the 60s soul box set. However, there are a dozen or so hard-to-find, obscure gems on "Beg, Scream and Shout" that I didn't have and most other 60s soul lovers probably wouldn't have either [[example: Mack Rice's original version of "Mustang Sally" which came before the Rascals' and Wilson Pickett's versions).

    I'd also like to mention a more recent box set that I consider exceptionally well done, "Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia" It was not a Rhino product, but rather done by Sony Legacy. This set squeezes a lot of vital Philly soul onto four discs. In my opinion, the only way it could be better is if it were expanded to more discs.
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    NBS, I've got everything that you've mentioned except for the second doo wop box and they're all excellent compilations. There's also a Gamble-Huff collection out there that is remarkable. Plus, Rhino put out a "Smooth Grooves" collection of R&B soul hits that I enjoyed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    "Can You Dig It? The 70s Soul Experience" is by far my favorite compilation of various artists. I think that '70s soul is perhaps the most under-appreciated era of soul music...
    I disagree. But, if you want to get technical about it, I think it is the soul music of the second half of the 70s, and the early 80s, that gets no respect. I find most people, R&B fans and rockers alike, prefer any soul before 1974, before disco became popular. For our U.K. friends reading this, I am talking specifically about the U.S. experience.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nothing But Soul View Post
    Beg, Scream and Shout: The Big Ol' Box of 60s Soul
    I dig this box! I drove 75 miles to another city to a record store with my then-girlfriend on the day it came out and bought it. I love that the sound producer, Bill Inglot, tried his best to use all the mono master tapes he could dig up. That is the one thing that makes the box so invaluable! Never again will many of the songs in that box ever be released in their original mono mixes again, or, for that matter ever again, period!

    Let me take this moment to again advise all of you who have such rare collections to back them up! Burn extra CDs, rip them to lossless files and save them to hard drives. Make three or four copies. Whatever you do, back them up, because, don't kid yourselves, you will likely never see this stuff in print ever again in any form, and they will became rare and almost impossible to find.

    You see, most of the world does not care about, or even know about R&B music. It is our duty to keep, to archive this stuff in the best way we can. Already, there are songs and albums from the 70s and 80s that cannot be found, or found sounding anywhere decent. It really is up to the collectors among us to help preserve our legacy.

    Off my soapbox!
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    Quote Originally Posted by soulster View Post
    I disagree. But, if you want to get technical about it, I think it is the soul music of the second half of the 70s, and the early 80s, that gets no respect. I find most people, R&B fans and rockers alike, prefer any soul before 1974, before disco became popular. For our U.K. friends reading this, I am talking specifically about the U.S. experience.
    Let me clarify why I described it as "under-appreciated" and you can either agree or agree, Homeboy. The R&B music that came out between '70 and '76 didn't seem to cross-over as much as the earlier and later genres/eras/classifications of soul/R&B. For that reason, it is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of "soul music" because it was kind of a FUBU type of thing. The O'Jays, Spinners, Blackbyrds, etc; almost seem like niche bands compared to the love for '50s Atlantic, '60s Atlantic/Stax/Motown, '70s disco/funk, and the odd electronic grooves of the '80s bands.

    When Mint Condition dropped "Pretty Brown Eyes" with live drums and actual minimally-effected electric bass, it was refreshing because it displayed some of what made '70s soul so special [[mainly talent) compared to later forms of urban music.

    On another note, I'm probably in the minority to consider Jodeci perhaps the last truly great soul band, but they delivered the best soul since the '70s and nobody really noticed it when they were hot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerry Oz View Post
    Let me clarify why I described it as "under-appreciated" and you can either agree or agree, Homeboy.
    People still say "homeboy"? That sounds so 80s!

    The R&B music that came out between '70 and '76 didn't seem to cross-over as much as the earlier and later genres/eras/classifications of soul/R&B.
    See, I don't think I can agree with that. In fact, i'd say that there was even more crossover of soul music to the pop charts during that time. And, even Stevie Wonder, War, Commodores, Isley Brothers, and a few other R&B artists, got on FM rock stations. That never happened in the 60s. From about 1967 to 1971, you just didn't see that much R&B at the top. But, I suppose we both could come up with endless arguments for our respective opinions. I will say one thing: once disco became popular, the rot had set in as far as popularity of R&B/soul is concerned. R&B/soul was attacked on three fronts: disco, rock, and, later, rap, and all three were eventually blended in. First, disco was blended in in the early 80s, then rock in the mid-80s, and eventually it would combine with rap.

    For that reason, it is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of "soul music" because it was kind of a FUBU type of thing. The O'Jays, Spinners, Blackbyrds, etc; almost seem like niche bands compared to the love for '50s Atlantic, '60s Atlantic/Stax/Motown, '70s disco/funk, and the odd electronic grooves of the '80s bands.
    I don't even bother mentioning 50s and 60s R&B/soul because that is appreciated. Not to introduce the issue of race here, but, in a way, we are kind of talking around the fact that R&B/soul music still means Black people, and the mainstream [[White peoples') acceptance of it. Blacks more often than not appreciate all of it. It is Whites, somehow the self-appointed gatekeepers of what shall be remembered in history, have a general dislike or apathy for R&B after about 1974. I point to 1974 not as an arbitrary point in time, but as the time when funk got cool, when it was cool to dance, when Ohio Players and Earth Wind & Fire became superstars, and White kids bought Commodores and Isley Brothers records in equal numbers of Alice Cooper and Kiss records. It was when you could hear Doobie Brothers and The Rolling Stones on soul radio, and Stevie Wonder and AWB on FM rock.

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    I see where we diverge. In Columbus, Ohio circa 1970s, soul music didn't cross over to the more popular stations. If we wanted to listen to "our" music, we had to listen to WVKO-AM, period. I remember the uneasy truce that our art teacher reached in high school that put the Marantz receiver on an AOR station and VKO on alternating days. If somebody changed it, the room went nuts with kids arguing for the rest of the period.

    Funny thing, though, now that I listen to a lot of the rock songs that I was exposed to back then, I appreciate them in a way that I couldn't back then [[for fear of getting beat down by my friends, LOL). I used to sneer when Genesis, the Who, Pink Floyd, or Aerosmith came on the radio and now I have their collections in my music. I should thank that art teacher for that.

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    You could get beat down for listening to music that is different from your friends???

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    Quote Originally Posted by soulster View Post
    You could get beat down for listening to music that is different from your friends???
    Figuratively speaking. The last time I got into a fight was in the 7th grade. My high school was cool in that the cliques were all cool with each other and they all mingled with each other. The only people that actually fought were athletes.

    But my buddies were big on R&B and especially jazz [[they introduced me to jazz, and that's probably my favorite music now). They wouldn't beat me down physically, but if I didn't stand up for the radio being on WVKO, I'd hear about it for the rest of the day and half of the night. Good times.

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    Always a fun topic...the first five temps albums...the soul of the man-bobby blue bland...a quiet storm-smokey...neverending impressions-the impressions...groovy situation-gene chandler...the o'jays in philadelphia-the o'jays...my guy-mary wells...the best of the isley bros.-the sceptor series...ruby and the romantics-greatest hits...we go a long way back-bloodstone...now arriving-aretha...the original spinners...17 hits-the five royales...greatest hits-dion jackson...!!

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    my personal all time favorite album isnt an Impressions one..strange as they are my favorite group.....its the incredible Esquires "Get on up and Get Away " album...every track a killer..no filler ..every home should have one.....[[ive got two!)..

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    Two albums that we've bought in several formats over the years are: My Prescription by Bobby Womack and Full Bloom by Jackie Ross. I guess that qualifies them as favorites.

    Others:
    All In Love Is Fair- Nancy Wilson
    Temptin' Temptations- Temptations
    Aretha Arrives - Aretha Franklin
    Brand New Me - Dusty Springfield
    Aquarius: Let the Sunshine In - The 5th Dimension
    Relight My Fire - Rhetta Hughes
    Natalie - Natalie Cole
    Back Stabbers - Ojays
    Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5 - Jackson 5
    Nightbirds - Labelle
    Make Way For Dionne Warwick - Dionne Warwick
    International - Three Degrees
    The Jones Girls - The Jones Girls
    The Four Tops - The Four Tops
    Stand - Sly & the Family Stone
    Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica - The Ronettes
    Twistin the Night Away - Sam Cooke
    Right On - The Supremes
    Hot Buttered Soul - Isaac Hayes
    Together - Marvin Gaye & Mary Wells
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    The Temptations - A Song For You
    Marlena Shaw - The Spice Of Life
    Four Tops - Keeper Of The Castle
    Jones Girls - Jones Girls
    Al Wilson - Searching For The Dolphins
    Margie Joseph - Margie
    O'Jays -Back Stabbers
    Chaka Khan - Naughty
    The Dells - There Is
    Sister Sledge - We Are Family

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr soul View Post
    Just a few of my favourite albums

    Doris Duke - "I'm A Loser"
    Ben E King - "What Is Soul"
    Ben E King - "Songs For Soulful Lovers"
    Ben E King - "Spanish Harlem"
    Ben E King - "I Had A Love"
    Ben E King - "Let Me In Your Life"
    Jerry Butler - "Iceman Cometh"
    Jerry Butler - "Ice On Ice"
    Jerry Butler - "Sagittarius Movement"
    Jerry Butler - "Spice of Life"
    Paul Kelly - "Don't Burn Me"
    Otis Redding - "Sings Soul Ballads"
    Lamont Dozier - "Out Here On My Own"
    Lamont Dozier - "Black Bach"
    Lamont Dozier - "Peddlin' My Music On The Side"
    Lamont Dozier - "Right There"
    Joe Simon - "Drowning In The Sea Of Love"
    Tyrone Davis - "I Had It All The Time"
    Stevie Wonder - "Music Of My Mind"
    Stevie Wonder - "Uptight"
    Ray Charles - "In Person"
    Drifters - "I'll Take You Where The Music's Playing"
    Ralph Graham - "Differently"
    Gil Scott-Heron - "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
    Terry Callier - "Occasional Rain"
    Terry Callier - "What Colour Is Love"
    Terry Callier - "I Just Can't Help Myself"
    Terry Callier - "Fire On Ice"
    Parliament - "Chocolate City"
    Isley Brothers 3+3
    David Porter - "Victim Of A Joke"
    Johnny Bristol - "Hang On In There Baby"
    Impressions - "Fabulous Impressions"
    Impressions - "Choice Of Colours"
    Impressions - "The Young Mods' Forgotten Story"
    Impressions - "This Is My Country"
    Impressions - "Check Out Your Mind"
    Dramatics - "Dramatically Yours"
    Dramatics - "A Dramatic Experience"
    Dramatics - "The Dramatic Jackpot"
    Dramatics - "Drama V"
    Dramatics - "Joy Ride"
    Dells/Dramatics - "Dells Vs Dramatics"
    Dells - "The Mighty Mighty Dells"
    Dells - "No Way Back"
    Dells - "Sweet As Funk Can Be"
    Dells - "Musical Menu"
    Spinners - "Spinners"
    Spinners - "Mighty Love"
    Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - "Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes"
    Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - "Black & Blue"
    Millie Jackson - "Caught Up"
    Swamp Dogg - "Total Destruction Of Your MInd"
    Temptations - "With A Lot Of Soul"
    Temptations - "In A Mellow Mood"
    Temptations - "Wish It Would Rain"
    Temptations - "Gettin' Ready"
    Temptations - "Sing Smokey"
    Temptations - "Temptin' Temptations"
    Smokey Robinson - "Pure Smokey"
    Curtis Mayfield - "Curtis"
    Curtis Mayfield - "Roots"
    Curtis Mayfield - "Superfly"
    Johnnie Taylor - "Super Taylor"
    Johnnie Taylor - "Eargasm"
    Bobby Womack - "The Poet"
    Bobby Womack - "Understanding"
    Bobby Womack - "Communication"
    Bobby Womack - "Roads Of Life"
    Four Tops - "Main Street People"
    Four Tops - "Meeting Of The Minds"
    Ohio Players - "Pleasure"
    Ohio Players - "Skin Tight"
    O'Jays - "Ship Ahoy"
    O'Jays - "Back Stabbers"
    O'Jays - "Survival"
    O'Jay's - "Family Reunion"
    Stylistics - "Stylistics"
    Stylistics - "Stylistics Round 2"
    Delfonics - "Delfonics"
    Luther Vandross - "Never Too Much"
    Various Artists - "Apollo Saturday Night"
    Whispers - "Planets Of Life"
    Whispers - "Bingo"
    Whispers - "Life & Breath"
    Was [Not Was] - "Was Not Was"
    Was [Not Was] - "Born To Laugh At Tornadoes"
    Keni Burke - "You're The Best"
    Invisible Man's Band - "Invisible Man's Band"
    Anacostia - "Anacostia"
    Presidents - "5-10-15-20-25-30 Years of Love"
    Lou Rawls - "Soulin'"
    Marvin Gaye - "What's Going On"
    Joe Tex - "Live & Lively"
    Joe Tex - "The New Boss"
    Joe Tex - "Hold On To What You've Got"
    Joe Tex - "The Love You Save"
    Joe Tex - "I've Got To Do A Little Bit Better"
    Blue Magic - "Blue Magic"
    Isaac Hayes - "Hot Buttered Soul"
    Trammps - "Ledgendary Zing Album"
    Trammps - "Trammps"
    Bunny Sigler - "My Music"

    That'll do for now.
    A very nice list and I also like virtually album on here but found one glaring horror of an album, obviously in my opinion. The Invisible man's band. God, that is one poor record.

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    Great lists. I can't believe I choose any favorites. What was I on that day?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kamasu_Jr View Post
    Great lists. I can't believe I choose any favorites. What was I on that day?
    Thanks Kam. I like your list too.

    Jim

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    Any soul albums from 1967-1974.

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    I'll list as many favourites as I can [[no order so I'll list a few that pops into my head)

    Sly and The Family Stone - Stand
    Sly and The Family Stone - Life
    Sly and The Family Stone - Dance To The Music
    Sly and The Family Stone - There's A Riot Goin On
    Sly and The Family Stone - Greatest Hits package 1970 Marvin Gaye - What's Going On
    Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On
    Marvin Gaye - In The Groove
    Marvin Gaye - Moods Of Marvin Gaye
    Marvin Gaye - Trouble Man
    Marvin Gaye - M.P.G
    Donna Summer - Love To Love You Baby
    Donna Summer - Bad Girls
    Donna Summer - Once Upon A Time
    Aretha Franklin - Lady Soul
    Aretha Franklin - I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You
    Aretha Franklin - Soul 69
    Aretha Franklin - Aretha Arrives
    Aretha Franklin - Spirit In The Dark
    Al Green - Gets Next To You
    Al Green - Let's Stay Together
    Al Green - I'm Still In Love With You
    Al Green - Call Me
    Al Green - Livin For You
    Al Green - Explore Your Mind
    Sade - Diamond Life
    Sade - Promise
    Sade - Stronger Than Pride
    Amy Winehouse - Back To Black
    Amy Winehouse - Frank
    Michael Jackson - Off The Wall
    Jackson 5 - ABC
    Jackson 5 - Third Album
    Sam Cooke - Night Beat
    Sam Cooke - Twistin The Night Away
    Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
    Stevie Wonder - Cherie Amour
    Stevie Wonder - Music Of My Mind
    Stevie Wonder - Innervisions
    Stevie Wonder - Talking Book
    Stevie Wonder - Songs In The Key Of Life
    David Ruffin - Feelin Good
    David Ruffin - My whole world ended
    Wilson Pickett - The Sound Of Wilson Pickett
    Wilson Pickett - The Wilson Pickett
    Wilson Pickett - The Exciting Wilson Pickett
    Earth Wind and Fire - Spirit
    Earth Wind and Fire - All 'n All
    Temptations - Cloud Nine
    Temptations - Meet The Temptations
    Temptations - The Temptin' Temptations
    Gill Scott Heron - Pieces Of A Man
    George Michael - Listen Without prejudice Vol 1 [[I think this record has soul to it)
    George Michael - Faith
    Wham! - Make it Big [[the Motown sound is incredible and I don't care what y'all say lol this record was brilliant)
    Prince - 1999
    Prince - Sign O'The Times
    Etta James - At Last
    Otis Redding - Otis Blue/Otis Redding Sings Soul
    Otis Redding - Sitting on the dock of the bey
    Otis Redding - Sings Soul Ballads
    Laura Lee - Love More Than Pride
    Laura Lee - Two sides of Laura Lee
    Laura Lee - Women's love rights
    Nina Simone - Little Girl Blue
    Nina Simone - Nina Simone and Her Friend's
    Nina Simone - The Amazing Nina Simone
    Tammi Terrell - irresistible


    That's all for now
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ngroove View Post
    Gosh, re-listening to my Vicki Sue Robinson's "Never Gonna Give You Up" lp, GOSH, not kidding, Vicki Sue Robinson; one of the most charismatic voices my ears have ever heard; especially on such numbers as the title track, "We Can Do Almost Anything" and "Act of Mercy".

    Agree completely! VSR's voice was like a party. I love her cover of Bobby Womack's "Daylight" -- such warmth and exuberance in her vocal. RuPaul used her on one of his earliest tracks and basically said what you've said; her vocals were very charismatic and festive.

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    In no particular order:
    Blue Magic
    Chi-Lites - Greatest Hits [[72 release)
    Don Covay - Super Dude 1
    The Delfonics
    Doris Duke - I'm a loser
    Four Tops - Four Tops & 2nd Album
    Marvin Gaye - What's going on
    Brenda Holloway - The Artistry of [[UK release)
    Impressions - Big 16 Vols 1&2 [[UK releases)
    Intruders - Super Hits [[UK release)
    Walter Jackson - Greatest Hits
    Main Ingredient - L.T.D., Tasteful Soul & Euphrates River
    Manhattans - A million to one & There's no me without you
    Amos Milburn - Chicken Shack Boogie [[UK compilation)
    Miracles - From the beginning
    Freda Payne - Contact
    Esther Phillips - From a whisper to a scream & Alone again naturally
    Otis Redding - Otis Blue
    Soul Generation - Beyond body & soul
    Stairsteps - Step by step by step
    Spinners - The Original Spinners & 1st Atlantic label album
    Stylistics - The Stylistics & Round Two
    Temptations - Meet the Temptations, Sing Smokey & Greatest Hits
    Chuck Willis - The king of the Stroll
    Bobby Womack - Understanding
    V/A - 16 Original Big Hits - Vol 6 [[UK Motown release)
    V/A - Motown Memories Vols 1 & 2 [[both UK releases)
    and finally 2 Rhino Box Sets - Beg, Scream & Shout [[60s Soul) and the Doo Wop Box Vol 2

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