Soul Sampler Volume 2

  • Track Count 18
  • Total Length 3:43:55
Sample this playlist
  1. 1 Respect Aretha Franklin 03:57
  2. 3 I Can't Turn You Loose Sly & the Family Stone 05:10
  3. 5 You Don't Know Like I Know Wayne Cochran & the C.C. Riders 07:02
  4. 7 Groovin' Booker T. & the MG's 03:25
  5. 9 Love Makes a Woman / Lady Day And John Coltrane Anna Rizzo and the A-Train 06:52
  6. 11 I've Been Loving You Too Long Clarence Clemons and the Red Bank Rockers 04:04
  7. 13 This Will Be (An Everlasting Love) Natalie Cole 02:46
  8. 15 Only The Strong Survive Billy Paul 10:53
  9. 17 Wake Up Everybody Teddy Pendergrass 06:17
  10. 19 Don't Stop What You're Doing Ronnie Dyson 04:19
  11. 21 She's Gone Hall & Oates 05:14
  12. 23 My Cherie Amour Stevie Wonder 04:50
  13. 25 Ain't No Mountain High Enough Roberta Flack 04:10
  14. 28 Tell It Like It Is The Neville Brothers 04:31
  15. 30 For What It's Worth The Staple Singers 02:26
  16. 32 Them Changes Band Of Gypsys 05:08
  17. 34 What I'd Say Ray Charles 06:20
  18. 36 Time Has Come Today The Chambers Brothers 22:21
Playlist Description

Check out Volume 1 here: In a 1982 interview on this site, the Talking Heads' David Byrne explains that he was inspired to cover Al Green's "Take Me To The River" because of how impressed he was with Green's ease in mixing sex and the sacred, using baptism imagery while singing about relationship problems. It is that blend of the secular and the spiritual that makes soul music so enticing...especially if, like Byrne, we were taught as children that the two were mutually exclusive. Soul music has roots in the gospel tradition with a strong focus on vocal melodies, call and response choruses, and the goal of testifying about issues very close to our hearts. However, the lyrical exhortations are usually about the pleasures of love and the pain of heartbreak, and the influences of R n' B and rock n' roll are added into the music. The form and the content align perfectly to lead to cathartic pop masterpieces where dancing is not the devil's activity but rather a holy expression of love between two people. OK, that's a bit heavy-handed, but you know what I mean.... Some of the most famous early soul musicians included Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin, but the music soon took roots in cities all around the US. At the Stax studios in Memphis, Booker T and the MGs (along with the Mar-Key horns) were churning out hits with thick grooves, acting as the backing band for artists like Otis Redding and Sam and Dave. Up in Chicago, the music had a bit of a lighter edge. A few years later, songwriters and producers like Thom Bell and Gamble and Huff helped characterize the Philly soul sound with lush orchestral arrangements and more funk...a clear bridge to disco and smooth jazz. Down in New Orleans the music had a touch of swampy funk in it and, of course, Motown had their own sound going on up in Detroit (there are two playlists in the Vault devoted specifically to Motown songs). Out in San Francisco, people like Sly and the Family Sto