Soul Funk Disco / Brothers & Sisters / Volume One 1958 – 1967

 

1958 - 1964

 

1 SAM COOKE / You Send Me / Sam Cooke March 1958

2 JERRY BUTLER & THE IMPRESSIONS / For Your Precious Love / Single A Side May 1958

3 JACKIE WILSON / Lonely Teardrops / Single A Side November 1958

4 CLYDE McPHATTER / A Lovers Question / Single A Side November 1958

5 MARV JOHNSON / Come To Me / Single A Side January 1959

6 RAY CHARLES / What’d I Say / What’d I Say June 1959

7 JAMES BROWN & THE FAMOUS FLAMES / Bewildered / Think February 1960

8 IKE & TINA TURNER / A Fool In Love / Single A Side August 1960

9 ERNIE K DOE / A Certain Girl / Single A Side November 1961

10 BOBBY ‘BLUE’ BLAND / Don’t Cry No More / Single A Side September 1961

11 BEN E KING / Young Boy Blues / Single B Side October 1961

12 THE MIRACLES / What’s So Good About Goodbye / Single A Side December 1961

13 SOLOMON BURKE / Cry To Me / Single A Side February 1962

14 ARTHUR ALEXANDER / You Better Move On / Single A Side February 1962

15 SAM COOKE / Bring It On Home To Me / Single A Side May 1962

16 JAMES BROWN & THE FAMOUS FLAMES / I’ll Go Crazy / Live At The Apollo December 1962

17 THE DRIFTERS / On Broadway / Single A Side March 1963

18 BARBARA LEWIS / Hello Stranger / Single A Side May 1963

19 THE IMPRESSIONS / It’s All Right / Single A Side June 1963

20 MARY WELLS / You Lost The Sweetest Boy / Single B Side August 1963

21 THE SUPREMES / When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through / Single A Side October 1963

22 OTIS REDDING / Pain In My Heart / Single A Side November 1963

23 GARNET MIMMS & THE ENCHANTERS / A Quiet Place / Cry Baby February 1964

24 SAM COOKE / A Change Is Gonna Come / Ain’t That Good News March 1964

25 BOBBY ‘BLUE’ BLAND / Ain’t Nothing You Can Do / Single A Side April 1964

26 GLORIA JONES / Tainted Love / Single A Side May 1964

27 LITTLE ESTHER PHILLIPS / Mojo Hannah / Single A Side June 1964

28 THE DRIFTERS / Up On The Roof / Our Biggest Hits June 1964

29 IRMA THOMAS / Time Is On My Side / Single B Side July 1964

30 JAMES BROWN & THE FAMOUS FLAMES / Out Of Sight / Single A Side August 1964

 

1965 - 1967

 

1 MARVIN GAYE / I’ll Be Doggone / Single A Side February 1965

2 THE IMPRESSIONS / People Get Ready / Single A Side February 1965

3 THE TEMPTATIONS / It’s Growing / The Temptations Sing Smokey March 1965

4 OTIS REDDING / Your One And Only Man / Sings Soul Ballads March 1965

5 THE MARVELETTES / I’ll Keep Holding On / Single A Side May 1965

6 JOE TEX / The Love You Save / Single A Side June 1965

7 STAPLE SINGERS / Why? (Am I Treated So Bad) / Freedom Highway June 1965

8 OTIS REDDING / Down In The Valley / Otis Blue October 1965

9 THE FOUR TOPS / Something About You / Single A Side November 1965

10 FRANK WILSON / Do I Love You / Single A Side November 1965

11 LEE DORSEY / Get Out Of My Life Woman / Single A Side January 1966

12 MARVIN GAYE / One More Heartache / Single A Side February 1966

13 HOMER BANKS / A Lot Of Love / Single A Side February 1966

14 WILSON PICKETT / Ninety Nine And A Half / Single A Side May 1966

15 HOWARD TATE / Ain’t Nobody Home / Get It While You Can June 1966

16 THE SUPREMES / Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart / The Supremes A Go Go September 1966

17 DYKE & THE BLAZERS / Funky Broadway Part 1 / Single A Side October 1966

18 OTIS REDDING / Try A Little Tenderness / Dictionary Of Soul November 1966

19 ARETHA FRANKLIN / Do Right Woman, Do Right Man / I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You March 1967

20 LOU RAWLS / Dead End Street / Single A Side April 1967

21 JAMES CARR / Pouring Water On A Drowning Man / You’ve Got My Mind Messed Up May 1967

22 SAM & DAVE / I Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down / Single B Side June 1967

23 THE PARLIAMENTS / (I Wanna) Testify / Single A Side June 1967

24 SOUL BROTHERS SIX / Some Kind Of Wonderful / Single A Side June 1967

25 JAMES BROWN & THE FAMOUS FLAMES / Cold Sweat Part 1 / Single A Side July 1967

26 ETTA JAMES / I’d Rather Go Blind / Tell Mama August 1967

27 THE TEMPTATIONS / Just One Last Look / With A Lot ‘O Soul August 1967

28 KING CURTIS & THE KINGPINS / Memphis Soul Stew / Single A Side August 1967

 

  Sam Cooke didn’t know he was kick starting a new black music form in June 1957 as he recorded ‘You Send Me’. The singer with the glorious voice, exiled from his beloved gospel roots, thought he was making a pop record. Similarly Ray Charles, who kept mixing gospel into R&B style until he came up with the epochal ‘What’d I Say’. Together with Jackie Wilson, Clyde McPhatter and James Brown, they searched for a way to represent not only the excitement of gospel but its implications of social and personal interdependence. These were the very roots of soul.

    Racial discrimination, beatings and KKK killings were rife in early/mid sixties America, particularly in the old confederate south. The civil rights movement rose up as a vehicle for resistance and as the protests increased so did black pride. Soul became the rallying cry for a change in black (and white) consciousness, and while never truly political in nature, it came to represent one of the first (and most visible) successes of the movement. Sam Cooke’s ‘ A Change Is Gonna Come’ became one of the first soul records to address the issues head on.

    By 1964, soul was finally being recognised in its right and starting to get dirtier, greasier, rawer and more secular, paradoxically by imitating gospels most hardcore aspects – it’s shouting, hand clapping, speaking in tongues expressivity, its Holy Roller dementia, its relentless rhythms. Most of the new soul generation were already established, at least within the black community. Bobby Bland’s records were some of the finest gospel influenced recordings of the period, while former preacher Solomon Burke somehow transferred the fervour of the pulpit into stirring rhythms. Otis Redding also emerged, all grits, grunts and gospel fire. And there were others: Curtis Mayfield’s Impressions, their ‘People Get Ready’ another timeless civil rights spiritual; Berry Gordy’s Motown, the ultimate symbol of black economic self sufficiency, Joe Tex, Sam and Dave and Wilson Pickett. Most made their best records in 1965/66 which went largely unheralded.

    Almost inevitably, it was left to the maverick James Brown to push soul in a new direction and towards the mainstream, using his full on personality to smash a way into the public consciousness. Revered as ‘Soul Brother No 1’, even amongst his peers, he released a string of tougher than tough dance records, before blowing everything apart with ‘Cold Sweat’ in 1967. That record was so radical and so different, it single handedly detonated the seismic shift towards funk, and in so doing changed the course of history.