Friday, February 5, 2010

Funky Friday - What Is Soul? This Is Soul!!


It had to be didn't it. After last week's post, there is only one album I could follow on with.

If you can't find the vinyl version (mine was just a mind-frying £3, from the Battlesbridge record man) you must grab the CD reissue. Lovingly packaged in dinky replica cover, complete with Atlantic logo liner, gatefold photo-spread and a walloping 17!! Yes 17!! extra tracks - including the delicous Barbra Lynn tune posted below. It's a must-have. In fact, just buy the bloomin' thing for the bonus bits anyway.

So, as we said at the start - what is soul? This is soul!!

Ben E.King - What Is Soul



Solomon Burke - Keep Looking




18 comments:

drew said...

This was one of the first soul compilations I owned along with the Motown Hits of Gold series.

I loved this type of compilation because you would buy them for a certain couple of tracks and then you would always find something 100 times better which you had never heard before.

They were an education in themselves.

Cocktails said...

Damn you Mondo, ANOTHER album to get.

I do know that Barbara Lynn track though and I never imagined that it was her playing the guitar (assuming she's not faking in the clip that is).

Mondo said...

Those Chartbuster albums are fab - and the metallic sleeves (vols 3 and 4) really are something special. That's exactly it about newbie tunes Drew and how I discovered these three nugg's.

Get both Cocktails - CD for the bonus bits. Vinyl for...well, the vinyl. Click here and it's all yours.

PS - she could be playing she's shaping some convincing bar chords around the one minute mark.

Colin Gillman said...

Hmm I have had this album for years. It really is great. Must dig it out and have another spin. Thanks for the reminder Dave.

BLTP said...

was abit hacked off the other week in the market when a Bl**DY student with fancy haircut bagged a vinyl copy of this ! I tried to be grown up about it and say it was good for his education but I do hate him :)

Mondo said...

Dig it and spin it Col - it sounds so warm on vinyl.

The bugger. It seems fairly available so you should be able to get your mitts on a copy BL. Have you tried the record man at Spitalfields?

davy h said...

OOh a number of times, the tart.

Piley said...

Ahh Soul, you just can't beat it... and who's this 'Dave' bloke that Axe keeps talking about anyway??

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Mondo said...

Is that a crossword clue Davy?

Did you ever hear Sensibles team up with Crass 'Our Souls To You' I'll upload if you fancy

ally. said...

just like drew one of my first introductions to a huge pile of hits - a gold plated boot sale classic
x

Mick said...

Glad someone mentioned those Motown Chartbuster LPs. My first was Vol 3 and I'm sure it's no coincidence that it had that brilliant silver cover. CDs will never be able to compete with that.

Mondo said...

Scorching Soul Comp - they've also got this at my local vinyl man Ally. Very tempted

I may spin a couple up from those sparkle sleeves at some point Mick

drew said...

Mondo - in case you weren't aware there is a new Myron and E & the Soul Investigator 7 available from Fat City and mighty fine it is too.

http://www.fatcity.co.uk/Sales/pages/MusicPageRichMedia.aspx?pageid=19957

love yoy said...

I love readding, and thanks for your artical.........................................

Simon said...

Motown Chartbusters Volume 3 with the silver cover, is probably my favourite Motown comp, with the Four Tops Different World being the standout track that I didn't already know, except for it's use by Saint Etienne.

(walks off singing 'in this world of ups and downs)

Mondo said...

Cheers for the tip Drew that's another winner..that's some new spring/summer sounds sorted..

A metalic Motown post is defo on the cards soon Simon...

Blank Stares and Cricketclaps said...

Love this comp. Haven't heard these tracks in an age, thanks. One of my favourite sleeves too. Intense!

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