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    Default Great soul LPs

    Well, come on then, look lively! Chop chop! I haven't got all day, you know...

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    sorry, maybe that was a bit obnoxious. This is just a boring 'please recommend...' thread.

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    Big category and I know you have a pretty decent record collection, so what sort of stuff are you looking for? Philly? Motor City? Southern? Northern? Classics? More obscure stuff?

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    Map out your ballpark for us. What's your bias, 60s, 70s, 80s...? Are you a beginner with nowt more than What's Going On? are you looking for 'proper' albums and think 'best of's and comps don't count?

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    Hmmm, I'd say mostly Philly and Southern, though any recommendations at all are very welcome. My soul collection is fairly paltry but the following are favourites:

    Doris Duke - I'm a loser
    Marvin Gaye: I want you (does this count as soul?)
    Allen Toussaint - Toussaint
    Some tatty Northern Soul comp with 'There's Nothing Else to say Baby' on it

    I would like to get:

    Ike Turner - I'm Tore Up

    I really hate:

    Bobby Womack's The Poet Trilogy

    I cannot see all the fuss about:

    Marvin Gaye's 'Here My Dear'
    Candi Staton

    PS: am willing to consider best ofs, definitely - already have the classics there in terms of Temptations, Miracles etc.

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    Poet was a trilogy? Thought there were only two - must admit they don't stand up today, but his early 70s stuff is great, esp Understanding and Check It Out. Great comp called Somebody Special too that EMI put out in the 80s. I'll have a rummage and stick some recommendations up later/tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crackerjack View Post
    Poet was a trilogy? Thought there were only two - must admit they don't stand up today, but his early 70s stuff is great, esp Understanding and Check It Out. Great comp called Somebody Special too that EMI put out in the 80s. I'll have a rummage and stick some recommendations up later/tomorrow.
    Ha, maybe it's an 'unfinished' trilogy. I'll stick the other ones on my list - I'm not against the man himself, given that Across 110th Street and Looking for a Love are such wicked tunes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by STN View Post
    Ha, maybe it's an 'unfinished' trilogy. I'll stick the other ones on my list - I'm not against the man himself, given that Across 110th Street and Looking for a Love are such wicked tunes.
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    here's some personal favourites of mine, mainly deep soul stuff

    Sam Dees "The Show Must Go On" - normally known for songwriting, this is top quality, mainly deep soul, with some uptempo numbers

    Loleatta Holloway "Cry To Me" - before all the disco numbers, total quality from my favourite ever female singer

    Johnny Bristol "Hang On In There Baby" - again, known more as songwriter/producer, title track is great

    the first Dave Goodin's deep soul compilation is pretty special, especially the last track Jaibi's "You got me"

    and then, just to state the bleeding obvious

    Marvin Gaye "What's going on" & "Let's get it on"

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    Oh, I love Don Covay as well (but only have a best of)...

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    er... best ofs and comps have to count.

    here's a quick (and varied) baker's dozen of records I wouldn't want to live without.

    1) Dictionary of Soul/Otis Blue - Otis Redding (Shouldn't need to say too much about Otis, he's a hero and my favourite singer of all time).
    2) Live At The Apollo - James Brown (An astounding live album, that he apparently "held back" on for recording purposes. It doesn't sound like it.)
    3) Hot Buttered Soul - Isaac Hayes (The best album ever to get your loverman ting on to.)
    4) Curtis - Curtis Mayfield (Awesome, positive soul that makes you believe you can do anything)
    5) Backstabbers - The O'Jays (A fantastic taking-absolutely-no-shit record that still sounds completely fresh today).
    6) Songs In The Key Of Life - Stevie Wonder (Nothing to say about this that hasn't been said countless times before, but it's just great)
    7) For Dancers Only - Various Artists (You'll need a bit of Northern, so any of the millions of Kent compilations out there are a good start, but this is the first and the best)
    8) Soul Man - Sam & Dave (Well, you sort of have to...)
    9) Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music - Ray Charles (Country soul at its absolute best).
    10) Let's Stay Together - Al Green (I just really love this record and anyone with a heart will, too)
    11) I Never Loved A Man The Way That I Loved You - Aretha Franklin (Obviously there are too many female soul singers to choose from but if you only ever listen to one of them this is the record to get, a debut album too.)
    12) Various Artists - Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Series (A wealth of gentle and gorgeous songs you otherwise wouldn't get to hear compiled by a man who really knew what he was doing.)
    13) the Staple Singers - The Staple Singers (One of Stax's greatest albums, gorgeous gospel-infused southern soul)
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    on the compilation front;

    The Essential Modern Soul Selection Vol 1 is awesome
    The Ashford & Simpson Songbook is great, bit more disco than soul but superb either way

    other single artist lps;

    Mike James Kirkland "Hang on in there baby"
    Leroy Hutson, "Hutson I" & "Hutson II"

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    One of my favourite soul comps ever is Sanctified Soul on Atlantic. As you'd expect it's heavy on the gospel elements and the first place I ever heard Voices Of East Harlem (Right On Be Free is as righteous as music gets). Soul Jazz did a top comp on a similar tip a couple of years back.

    Since that Lil' Wayne Gossip tune came out I've been playing Margie Joseph's In The Name Of Love comp loads too - the sample is off the title track (a cover of The supremes that goes just waaaay deeper) I think and it's got Sweeter Tomorrow which never fails to cheer me up.

    Bill Withers Live At Carnegie is very expensive on vinyl but a cheap CD.

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    second otis (obv), al green, godin's series.

    would add:

    jimmy ruffin- what becomes of the broken hearted lp on motown

    major lance- whatever you can find- can get expensive if you want vinyl (which you should). he was a curtis mayfield protege.

    curtis- 'live!' (best live lp ever)

    eddie floyd- 'i've never found a girl' lp on stax ('water'- oh my gosh)

    king curtis ' '

    some solo smokey robinson- i like an lp with loads of strings on it, but can't remember the title

    early barry white/love unlimited (maybe tipping over into funk/disco)

    not at home so that'll do for now
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    first two Dr Buzzard's Original Savannah Band albums- bizarrely awesome and David Toop's truly magnificent Sugar & Poison compilation- a kind of android sexsoul collection.

    Oh, Betty Davis (Miles' ex) - her first 2 except they're kind of soul, kind of funk.

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