There was way too much great early soul, R & B and blues being produced in New York City to squeeze onto one double CD, so here we are again with another selection of the best. Several artists on this new compilation are very well known: Ray Charles, Little Willie John and Ike & Tine Turner for example, but many others less so. It speaks volumes about the wealth of talent in the Big Apple around the turn of the 60s that gifted singers such as Ruby Roberson, Bobby Long and Betty O’Brien never quite made the grade.

There is considerable variation in styles here too, from rough, untutored voices like King Coleman and Vernon Harrell to consummate stylists such as Chuck Jackson, Gladys Knight and of course Aretha Franklin. But alley blues and sophisticated uptown ballads alike played their part in the development of soul music. And therefore all the tracks on these CDs well deserve their inclusion in our History Of Soul series. Enjoy!

‘First off I must say that having discovered your compilations earlier this year – both r’n’b and soul – I am completely blown away by the breadth and depth, quality and value of these compilations. They immediately became ‘must buys’ until your release rate caused me to slow down before I bankrupted myself. Keep up the good work.’
Malcolm Beattie (Rnb and Soul fan)


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Disc One

  1. What Kind Of Man Are You Dolores Johnson
  2. I Still Care Big Maybelle
  3. Thirty Days  Clyde McPhatter
  4. I Want To Know Lloyd Sims
  5. Can’t Let You Go  Sugar Pie De Santo
  6. I Feel Good  Kip Anderson
  7. Let Love Go By Baby Washington
  8. You Better Mind Doris Payne
  9. Trouble Little Frankie Edwards
  10. To Be Loved By You Marie Knight
  11. Who You Gonna Love Ray Charles
  12. Here I Am Billy Guy
  13. Love Is A Question Ruby Roberson
  14. Don’t Wait Too Long  Erma Franklin
  15. You Don’t Have To Be A Tower Of Strength  Gloria Lynne
  16. Love Is A Nightmare Johnny Darrow
  17. Don’t Stop The Wedding Ann Cole
  18. Operation Heartbreak  Aretha Franklin
  19. Daddy Rollin’ Stone  Jimmy Ricks
  20. Smooth Operator Sarah Vaughan
  21. No Regrets Jimmy Barnes
  22. Leave My Kitten Alone Little Willie John
  23. See About Me Don Covay
  24. Tell A Whale Of A Tale Wynonie Harris
  25. Just One More Time The Isley Brothers
  26. You Don’t Know What It Means Jackie Wilson
  27. Gonna Find Me a Substitute Ike & Tina Turner
  28. Why Me Betty O’ Brien

Disc Two

  1. I Need You Eloise Carter
  2. Ain’t That Funny Gerri Granger
  3. My Nerves Little Willie John
  4. You’re No Good Dee Dee Warwick
  5. I Wonder Ray Charles
  6. Send For Me  Barbara George
  7. Something For You Baby Mary B
  8. You’re The Boss LaVern Baker/Jimmy Ricks
  9. Voodoo Woman Curtis Knight
  10. He’s A King  Barbara McNair
  11. You’d Be Crying Too  The Matadors
  12. Right Now Pearl Woods
  13. Sticks And Stones Titus Tee Turner
  14. Did You Ever Dream Lucky Bobby Long
  15. Your Old Lady The Isley Brothers
  16. Operator Gladys Knight & The Pips
  17. My Biggest Mistake Joe Tex
  18. Rheumatism Ruby Roberson
  19. A Woman, A Lover, A Friend Jackie Wilson
  20. She’s A Winner Ted Taylor
  21. Till Your Love Is Mine Kip Anderson
  22. I Wake Up Crying  Chuck Jackson
  23. Tremblin’  Birdie Green
  24. Give   Mary Ann Fisher
  25. Down in the Basement King Coleman
  26. Slick Chick  Vernon Harrel
  27. Poor Fool  Ike & Tina Turner
  28. What’s the Matter Baby  Timi Yuro

Additional information

Weight0.125 kg