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I have the user name 'Soul-Brother' and also a group called 'Soul Brothers Selection'.
What Is Soul? Well, I've never tried to answer that with words but with the music. Soul Music is a feeling, something that you love to death. You can't be 'taught' to enjoy it - you just do! It's in the voice (desparate, aching), the words, (love, hate, poverty, cheating and lying), the musicians (horns, rhythm section, strings - all with REAL musicians). In our group on Filetopia I will be offering rare and classic tracks - singers maybe unknown to you - some Deep Soul, some Detroit/Chicago/Philly sounds and anything which I feel is a little bit special. Only real soul lovers will be invited to join - northern soul freaks who just want to dance to a rhythm , please don't knock! Real Soul Lovers - you will be welcomed!
(18) Mighty Sam - Silent Tears
Sam delved into the Blues more than to my liking- but made some mighty fine soul. Traces of both are to be found here-with Sam sounding very like Bobby Bland. Good time feel - mid paced. Enjoy it while you can-only lasts 1.45 Minutes!
(17)Soul Ambassadors - Something On My Baby's Face
Slower than slow - plods along with the group's lead changing-second verse has a gruffer lead and harmonies are very fine. Anybody know how many Ambassadors there were?
(16)Curtis Anderson - I'm Running Away From Love
Great opening-tinkling piano-soft guitar and Curtis whispering his love. Soft voiced-he breaths his all into this-and I love songs that build and build.
(15)Bettye Swann - I Will Not Cry
A lady who never made a bad record. Bettye never screams - but that natural voice just seems to caress songs. Other tracks are maybe more well-known but this chugger is worth a listen.
(14)George Perkins - A Man In Love
George's 'Wrapped Up' is a classic. This ain't bad either. Horns and chugging guitar and bass accompany him with the girls chirping in-grows on you this one.
(13)Vera Powell - I Didn't Know How Happy I Could Be
Slow piano-ahh-this is gonna be painful. Our heroine has woken up, kicked him out and now she knows what happiness is. Vera really gets into this track and it is a real classic deepie.
(12)Bobby Marchan - Love Is So Good
A cheatin' song-sorry G. Starts out with Bobby saying how glad he is she made it-same motel-same room.And you just know what's coming -Love is so good when you're stealin' it!
(11)Willie Johnson - What I'm Going To Do
Most of Willie's stuff was deep and slow-this finds him uptempoed, with a Philly feel.Chorus is soft and gentle stuff- but then Willie, with his deep gruff voice, rips in and -hey presto-a hit.
(10)Bobby Sheen - Love Stealing
Bass and crying guitar opens for Bobby to semi rap his hurt. Chorus quickens then it's back to slow tempo - lots of feeling here. A record full of interest.
(9)Jimmy Braswell - Home For The Summer
Jimmy tells of the hard times- working the land - needs to get home. Great strings on this one-with horns cutting in. A fine performance from Mr Braswell.
(8)Ruby Andrews - Just Loving You
I have another version of this but can't remember from whom - Ruby has that breaking voice - you know she means it. Mid-tempo track-a swayer-and a great song.
(7)Kenny Ballard - Oh How I Cried
Piano & girlie chorus opens this one - then a 'Hey Hey' from Kenny and you know it's gonna be good. He pleads till she made him cry - deep soul swayer.
(6)Holmes Brothers - You're Good For Me
This trio do the lot - not all to my liking, This is, however, great. Taken at a pedestrian pace-soul-gospel classic!
(5) Carroll Lloyd - Try Me
Sounding a little mannly - Carroll takes this at a slow pace - Begging for you to try her!
(4)Dynamics - Ice Cream Song
'If Loving You Was Ice-Cream - I Could Be The Ice-Cream Man' - they don't write songs like that anymore. Very fine group with a lovely love song!
(3) Oscar Toney Jr. - The Thrill Is Gone
One of the great unknowns- Great Voice and a killer track. That bass player derserves an Oscar! No pun intended. OSCAR TONEY INFO
(2)Jerry Jackson - Tell Her Johnny Said Goodbye
Opens with Del Shannon organ!- Then Johnny Blue talking to his girl's mom - slushy some may say - but I love it!
(1) Alfreda Brockington - I'll Wait For You
Starts out with solo piano-then Alfreda rips into a lament about waiting for her man-You girls never learn. A cracker this!