Summer Slow Jams III

The third Sunday of Summer Slow Jams finds us with the first of four slow-jammy Time-Life collections, Smooth Soul, from 2012.  Made up of four albums, each a double disc featuring 29-32 songs, Smooth Soul features an outstanding collection of romantic soul ballads from the Sixties and Seventies.
As one would expect from such a collection given that it was put together by Universal Music Special Markets, it is heavy on songs from Motown's catalog though most of the usual soul suspects (Atlantic and Stax/Volt labels, Chicago and Philly Soul groups) are here as well.  There are 58 Number One R&B hits among the total 123 Top 10's spread across the eight discs and in fact, the two lowest charting R&B singles on the set still made it to Number Eleven!  
The bonus fifth album, Down Home Soul (not pictured) is a double disc with 25 songs. The album deviates from the "romantic" mission statement and stands as more of a straight, up-beat soul disc and therefore will not be included in today's festivities.  A fellow slow jams aficionado pointed out to me that not every slow song or ballad is necessarily a slow jam by definition but I think many of the songs found in the Smooth Soul collection fit the bill.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.

SMOOTH SOUL - I Found A Love (Disc One)
11972I'll Be AroundThe Spinners13
21966Tell It Like It IsAaron Neville12
31970Rainy Night In GeorgiaBrook Benton14
41966Try a Little TendernessOtis Redding425
51967I Found a LoveWilson Pickett632
61966When a Man Loves a WomanPercy Sledge11
71973AngelAretha Franklin120
81970PatchesClarence Carter24
91971Thin Line Between Love and HateThe Persuaders115
101966Love Makes the World Go 'RoundDeon Jackson311
111965I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)Otis Redding221
121965Baby, I'm YoursBarbara Lewis511
131963Cry to MeBetty Harris1023
141965Tonight's the NightSolomon Burke228
151963Just One LookDoris Troy310
161964Stay with MeLorraine Ellison1166

SMOOTH SOUL - I Found A Love (Disc Two)
11973One of a Kind (Love Affair)The Spinners111
21967(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural WomanAretha Franklin28
31967I'm in LoveWilson Pickett445
41972(If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be RightLuther Ingram13
51968Slip AwayClarence Carter26
61964Walk On ByDionne Warwick16
71973Natural HighBloodstone410
81970Love On A Two-Way StreetThe Moments13
91965Make Me Your BabyBarbara Lewis911
101962Release MeEsther Phillips18
111967HypnotizedLinda Jones421
121971That's the Way I Feel About 'ChaBobby Womack227
131963If You Need MeSolomon Burke237
141966B-A-B-YCarla Thomas314
151963Pain in My HeartOtis Redding1161
161967When Something Is Wrong with My BabySam and Dave242

SMOOTH SOUL - Baby, I'm For Real (Disc One)
11971Never Can Say GoodbyeThe Jackson 512
21964Baby I Need Your LovingThe Four Tops411
31969My Cherie AmourStevie Wonder44
41971Just My ImaginationThe Temptations11
51968Ain't Nothing Like the Real ThingMarvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell18
61965Stop! In the Name of LoveThe Supremes21
71965Ooo Baby BabyThe Miracles416
81966It's a Man's Man's Man's WorldJames Brown18
91964Funny (How Time Slips Away)Joe Hinton113
101963Cry BabyGarnet Mimms and the Enchanters14
111970Turn Back the Hands of TimeTyrone Davis13
121965Sitting in the ParkBilly Stewart424
131972Woman's Gotta Have ItBobby Womack160
141964What Kind of Fool (Do You Think I Am)The Tams19
151966Searching for My LoveBobby Moore & the Rhythm Aces727
161964I Had a Talk with My Man Last NightMitty Collier341

SMOOTH SOUL - Baby, I'm For Real (Disc Two)
11969Too Busy Thinking about My BabyMarvin Gaye14
21972I'm Still in Love with YouAl Green13
31972Oh GirlThe Chi-Lites11
41964My GuyMary Wells11
51966Crying TimeRay Charles56
61969There'll Come a TimeBetty Everett226
71969Oh, What a NightThe Dells110
81974Woman to WomanShirley Brown122
91969Baby, I'm for RealThe Originals114
101966What Becomes of the BrokenheartedJimmy Ruffin67
111974You Make Me Feel Brand NewThe Stylistics52
121969Hey There Lonely GirlEddie Holman42
131969Baby, Baby Don’t CrySmokey Robinson & the Miracles38
141965Since I Lost My BabyThe Temptations417
151963Mama Didn't LieJan Bradley814
161964Every Little Bit HurtsBrenda Holloway313

SMOOTH SOUL - How Sweet It Is (Disc One)
11964How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)Marvin Gaye36
21970I'll Be ThereThe Jackson 511
31965The Tracks of My TearsThe Miracles216
41968Stay in My CornerThe Dells110
51970The Thrill Is GoneB.B. King315
61963Our Day Will ComeRuby & The Romantics11
71962Two LoversMary Wells17
81964I'm So ProudThe Impressions214
91965My GirlThe Temptations11
101968You're All I Need to Get ByMarvin Gaye & Tammie Terrell17
111972Betcha by Golly, WowThe Sylistics23
121966Love Is a Hurtin' ThingLou Rawls113
131968Never Give You UpJerry Butler420
141969My Whole World Ended (The Moment You Left Me)David Ruffin29
151969What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)Junior Walker & The All Stars14
161969Jealous Kind of FellaGarland Green520

SMOOTH SOUL - How Sweet It Is (Disc Two)
11969Someday We'll Be TogetherDiana Ross & The Supremes11
21962You've Really Got a Hold on MeThe Miracles18
31973Let's Get It OnMarvin Gaye11
41966SunnyBobby Hebb32
51968I Wish It Would RainThe Temptations14
61970If I Were Your WomanGladys Knight & The Pips19
71971Have You Seen HerThe Chi-Lites13
81968Love Makes a WomanBarbara Acklin315
91972In the RainThe Dramatics15
101970The BellsThe Originals412
111966Let's Go Get StonedRay Charles131
121965I'll Be DoggoneMarvin Gaye18
131963That's the Way Love IsBobby "Blue" Bland133
141965I Do Love YouBilly Stewart626
151967Nothing Takes the Place of YouToussaint McCall552
161965Rainbow '65 (Part 1)Gene Chandler269

SMOOTH SOUL - Piece Of My Heart (Disc One)
11971Ain’t No SunshineBill Withers63
21973Midnight Train to GeorgiaGladys Knight & The Pips11
31972Me and Mrs. JonesBilly Paul11
41972If You Don't Know Me by NowHarold Melvin & The Blue Notes13
51972Everybody Plays the FoolThe Main Ingredient23
61965Hurt So BadLittle Anthony & The Imperials310
71967Close Your EyesPeaches & Herb48
81969The Chokin’ KindJoe Simon113
91968La-La Means I Love YouThe Delfonics24
101968Cowboys to GirlsThe Intruders16
111967Mercy, Mercy, MercyCannonball Adderley211
121965Yes, I’m ReadyBarbara Mason25
131964Oh No, Not My BabyMaxine Brown224
141967Dry Your EyesBrenda & The Tabulations820
151963The Love of My ManTheola Kilgore321

watch Al Green perform "Let's Stay Together" on Soul Train

SMOOTH SOUL - Piece Of My Heart (Disc Two)
11971Let's Stay TogetherAl Green11
21974Best Thing that Ever Happened to MeGladys Knight & The Pips13
31970Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)The Delfonics310
41973The Love I LostHarold Melvin & The Blue Notes17
51969Going in CirclesThe Friends of Distinction315
61968Little Green ApplesO.C. Smith22
71972Lean on MeBill Withers11
81964Um, Um, Um, Um, Um, UmMajor Lance15
91967The Dark End of the StreetJames Carr1077
101967Piece of My HeartErma Franklin1062
111962You'll Lose a Good ThingBarbara Lynn18
121966I'm Your PuppetJames & Bobby Purify56
131965Hold What You've GotJoe Tex15
141967Are You Lonely for Me BabyFreddie Scott139


This post is dedicated to B.B. King, who went riding with the King the day this was written.

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