Like many good musical expressions, soul rose out of the South. It pervaded black consciousness and spread to all the brothers and sisters. It was sung from the heart, it was an expression of years, nay gen¬erations of oppression and hardships, but it wasn't the blues. No, there was hope of a new day dawning. Soul was a feeling that dawned in the early sixties and was a phenomenon of that decade.
In New Orleans the likes of Benny Spellman, Ernie K-Doe and Aaron Neville added that certain 'je ne sais quoi', that epitomises all music from the Crescent City.
In Chicago Billy Stewart imbued soul into a Gershwin tune.
Sugar Pie DeSanto donned a soulful dress.
Former Drifters' lead singer and rock 'n' roller, Jackie Wilson slipped easily into soul and went ever higher and higher.
Percy Sledge proved that soul has lasting properties with 'When A Man Loves A Woman', whilst Timi Yuro provided one of the most soulful performances on 'Hurt', before the term 'soul' had even been heard of.
The music traverses the States geographically taking in New Orleans, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, Chicago, and New York all produced great soul recordings. The artists you get to hear on this collection are all prime exponents of soul, so sit back, listen, enjoy but above all remember one monkey don't stop no show.
01. Jackie Wilson - Higher And Higher
02. Joe Tex - One Monkey Don't Stop No Show
03. Benny Spellman - Lipstick Traces
04. Ernie K-Doe - I Cried My Last Tear
05. Betty Everett - You're No Good
06. The Tams - Hey Girl, Don't Bother Me
07. Etta James - I'd Rather Go Blind
08. Chuck Jackson - Any Day Now
09. Jerry Butler - He Will Break Your Heart
10. Billy Stewart - Summertime
11. Sugar Pie Desanto - Soulful Dress
12. Johnny Adams - Reconsider Me
13. Peggy Scott - Every Little Bit Hurts
14. Timi Yuro - Hurt
15. Solomon Burke - Boo Hoo Hoo
16. Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman
17. Robert Parker - Barefootin'
18. Syl Johnson - Dresses Too Short
19. Irma Thomas - Ruler Of My Heart
20. Bobby Womack - Lookin' For A Love