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In a comprehensive overview from 1927 to 1963, History of Soul Records’ 8CD anthology covers the genesis of soul music, tracing connections between R&B, jazz and blues, and gospel, the secular and the sacred. As popular black musical genres were adopted by white teenage audiences in the 1950s, black music reverted to more authentic, basic styles. By 1960, the sound of black popular music had turned away from a driving, largely uptempo rhythm and blues towards a more emotionally poignant style. The term ‘soul’ popped up here and there, but only became common parlance after the release of Ray Charles’s I Believe To My Soul at the end of 1959.

The growing Civil Rights movement, the rise of the 45rpm record and the introduction of the electric guitar all played their part in the creation of a new sound. Detroit had Berry Gordy’s Motown, Chicago had Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions and New York had Atlantic Records along with white songwriters Burt Bacharach and Jerry Ragavoy producing their uptown soul. Down south, Stax was setting Memphis alight, Fame were starting up in Muscle Shoals, and New Orleans was putting funk into the mix. By 1963, soul had gone mainstream. There were more soulful records in the charts in 1962 alone than there had been in the whole of the 1950s.

This collection of breathtaking blues and spiritual music brings you some of the most impassioned, compelling vocal performances ever to be recorded. The accompanying illustrated 36-page book sets out the historical background and explains some of the technical features that make these beautiful songs the precursors of soul music.


This one is a corker…every bit as epic as it sounds… It’s hard to know where to begin with such a monumental and thorough anthology – especially one as full of highlights as this

Lauren Laverne BBC 6 Music

Mammoth and magnificent anthology…While there can be no package large enough to represent all the players,
Sacred To Secular has a worthy stab at it, excavating as close as possible to the core and acting both as a cultural document and an excellent crash course in one of music’s most epochal periods.
Fiona Sturges Uncut

Embrace this journey through a lost era…the real thrill lies in discovering lesser names especially from the fringes of gospel, whose work is every bit as stirring
Clive Davies Sunday Times 

It’s common knowledge that soul developed largely from gospel; but that journey has never been as extensively mapped as on this eight-CD compilation
5 star review in The Independent


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Disc One

1. I’ll Go Where You Want Me To Go Arizona Dranes
2. Moan You Moaners Bessie Smith
3. Judgement Sister Mary Nelson
4. Honey In The Rock Blind Mamie Forehand
5. Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit Luther Magby
6. Denomination Blues Pt. 1 Washington Phillips
7. Dough Roller Blues Garfield Akers
8. Them Bones Mitchells Christian Singers
9. Church, I’m Fully Saved Today Blind Willie Johnson
10. Louise Louise Blues Johnnie Temple
11. Oh My Lord Mahalia Jackson
12. Cross And Evil Woman Blues Rev Gary Davis
13. Every Time That I Feel The Spirit
Golden Gate Jubliee Quartet
14. This Heart Of Mine Pt 1 Rev R V Gates
15. Gospel Train The Wright Brothers
16. In My Girlish Days Memphis Minnie
17. Wade In the Water The Charioteers
18. If I Could Just Make It In Ernestine B Washington & The Dixie Hummingbirds
19. When They Ring Them Golden Bells The Southern Sons
20. Book Of The Seven Seas The Dixie Hummingbirds
21. How Far from God Sister Rosetta Tharpe
22. Here Am I Do Send Me Georgia Peach
23. Move On Up A Little Higher Mahalia Jackson
24. Good News The Pilgrim Travelers
25. I’m Waiting For Jesus Georgia Peach with Lois Russell
26. Beams Of Heaven Sister Rosetta Tharpe with Marie Knight
27. Stand By Me Sister Mathews
28. I’m Tired Ethel Davenport With Brownie McGhee

Disc Two

1. Call It Stormy Monday T-Bone Walker
2. Heaven Bound Train Jackson Gospel Singers
3. We Shall Walk Through The Valley Ernestine B Washington
4. I’m Standing On The Highway The Pilgrim Travelers
5. Just One Moment Clara Ward
6. Good Daddy Blues Dinah Washington
7. I Thank You Jesus Marie Knight
8. Search Me Lord Brother Joe May
9. Little Boy Reverend Samuel Kelsey
10. There’s a Place Cora Martin
11. Please Send Me Someone To Love Percy Mayfield
12. Jesus Travelled This Road Before The Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi
13. Lord Jesus Wynona Carr
14. How Sweet It Is Prof J Earle Hines
15. Milky White Way The Trumpeteers
16. Love Don’t Love Nobody Roy Brown
17. In That Home By And By Jesse Mae Renfro
18. I’ll Be There Little Esther
19. This Old World Goldia Haynes With Joe Liggins
20. Satisfied Roberta Martin Singers
21. Give Me One More Chance The Royales
22. Dreaming Blues Roy Brown
23. Just Over The Hill Mahalia Jackson
24. Stacked Deck Billy Wright
25. He’s My Rock The Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi
26. Crying All Night Long Bobby Bland
27. When He Spoke Ruth Davis
28. Do Something For Me The Dominoes
29. Salvation Is Free Clara Ward

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Weight0.125 kg