Now That's What I Call Classic Soul [2017]

You'd be hard-pressed to find a more anthologized genre of music than soul. There have been hundreds of collections issued, first on vinyl and then on compact disc, and arguably nowhere in the world is soul music more revered and fervently collected than in the United Kingdom. In response to this overwhelming and seemingly endless demand, the UK music industry has released, re-released and re-re-released multidisc collections spanning decades, labels and all types of soul, including a unique branch of classic soul known as Northern Soul. There are covers for forty-eight such collections blinking by above, including half a dozen from the seminal Backbeats series, yet a well-known label/brand has conspicuously stayed out of the UK classic soul anthology game for the past thirty-four years and is only now about to make its debut with a triple disc set of songs you probably already own on May 26, 2017.
Maybe you don't like soul music and therefore do not own any. But chances are if you are reading this, you own at least one soul collection, whether it be an early Seventies K-Tel compilation like Super Bad or Super Bad Is Back or a label specific multi-disc collection like Atlantic Rhythm & Blues 1947-1974, The Complete Stax/Volt Singles 1959-1968 or Hitsville USA: The Motown Singles Collection 1959-1971. Maybe you like a cross-label mix such as one of Rhino's or Time-Life's big sets. Let's say hypothetically that you own none of the outstanding soul compilations above. You could do worse than picking up Now That's What I Call Classic Soul which features 80 songs from 1959-1975 across three discs. It's got music from Motown, Stax, Atlantic, Curtom, Brunswick, King, Philadelphia International and other crucial labels so it includes just about every major soul artist you can think of, though the glaring omission of Ray Charles, one of the architects of the genre, makes it somewhat less than complete. But it's not titled Now That's What I Call Complete Classic Soul is it? Check the tracklisting disc by disc below before enjoying a listen.

1968I Heard It Through the Grapevine - Marvin Gaye111
1969I Want You Back - Jackson 5211
1970Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours) - Stevie Wonder1531
1964Baby Love - Supremes111
1966Reach Out, I'll Be There - Four Tops111
1967Respect - Aretha Franklin1011
1971Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield12
1965In the Midnight Hour - Wilson Pickett12211
1966This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You) - Isley Brothers3126
1964Dancing In the Street - Martha & The Vandellas428
1964Saturday Night At the Movies - Drifters3188
1970The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles111
1970Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross611
1964My Guy - Mary Wells511
1967Soul Man - Sam & Dave2421
1965Papa's Got a Brand New Bag - James Brown2581
1962Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's731
1964The "In" Growd - Dobie Gray251311
1965Shotgun - Jr. Walker & The All Stars41
1965Rescue Me - Fontella Bass1141
1967Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley722
1964Everybody Needs Somebody to Love - Solomon Burke584
1971Tired of Being Alone - Al Green4117
1972Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - Temptations1415
1966What Becomes of the Broken Hearted - Jimmy Ruffin876
1971Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers4036
1966It's a Man's Man's Man's World - James Brown1381
1968(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding311
1961Stand By Me - Ben E. King2741
1964My Girl - Temptations4311
1971Let's Stay Together - Al Green711
1960At Last - Etta James39472
1971What's Going On - Marvin Gaye8021
1970Got to Be There - Michael Jackson37144
1968For Once In My Life - Stevie Wonder322
1965I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) - Four Tops1011
1966You Can't Hurry Love - Supremes311
1963Heatwave - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas41
1970ABC - Jackson 5811
1961Please Mr. Postman - Marvelettes11
1965The Tracks of My Tears - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles9162
1970War - Edwin Starr313
1970Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today) - Temptations732
1959Money (That's What I Want) - Barrett Strong232
1967There's a Ghost In My House - R. Dean Taylor3
1970Band of Gold - Freda Payne1320
1963Mockingbird - Inez & Charlie Foxx3372
1971Family Affair - Sly & The Family Stone1511
1966You Keep Me Hangin' On - Supremes811
1972The Night - Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons7
1972Love Train - O'Jays911
1974Lady Marmalade - Labelle1711
1971Theme from "Shaft" - Isaac Hayes421
1965Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder1431
1965I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown2931
1968Dance to the Music - Sly & The Family Stone789
1977Lovely Day - Bill Withers7306
1970Stoned Love - Supremes371
1968Cloud Nine - Temptations1562
1967Jimmy Mack - Martha & The Vandellas21101
1966(I'm a) Road Runner - Jr. Walker & The All Stars12204
1970Give Me Just a Little More Time - Chairmen Of The Board338
1975Out On the Floor - Dobie Gray42
1964How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) - Marvin Gaye4964
1967Piece of My Heart - Erma Franklin96210
1975Don't Leave Me This Way - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes5
1966When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge211
1970Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand) - Diana Ross33207
1968I'd Rather Go Blind - Etta James2310
1972Help Me Make It Through the Night - Gladys Knight & The Pips113313
1974When Will I See You Again - Three Degrees124
1972Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul1211
1972Ben - Michael Jackson715
1971You Are Everything - Stylistics910
1970It's a Shame - Spinners20144
1964Where Did Our Love Go - Supremes311
1962You've Really Got a Hold On Me - Miracles81
1964He Was Really Sayin' Somethin' - Velvelettes6421
1969Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye541

1 comment:

  1. If I was just starting out, this would be a no-brainer.