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Old School R & B and Soul


#1

Looking for suggestions on good old school 1960s/70s R&B and soul. Startin to get into it- give me shit to look up. Anyone?


#2

[quote]FightinIrish26 wrote:
Looking for suggestions on good old school 1960s/70s R&B and soul. Startin to get into it- give me shit to look up. Anyone?[/quote]

You looking for just artists? Or particular songs?

Just artists of the top of my head:

Isley Brothers(my favorite)
The O’Jays
Al Green
Barry White
Earth,Wind,and Fire
Stevie Wonder(of course)
Sly & The Family Stone
The Ohio Players
Kool & The Gang
The Commodores
The Bar-Kays
Otis Redding
Jackson 5(yes…the Jacksons)


#3

Looking for artists, songs, whatever.

Jay’s version of “Ain’t no Love” brought me to the Bobby Blue Band, who I dig. Luda’s “Undisputed” brought me to Edwin Starr and Blinky’s “We’ll find a way” which is fuckin awesome. Plus I’ve always dug songs by Sam and Dave, the Temptations, etc.

So I’m just looking for anything that’s cool.


#4

Just a taste of some of my favourites. I grew up on this stuff - high school dances, radio. Still love it.

Wilson Pickett - Mustang Sally
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bfrO5o0HQA

Wilson Pickett - Land Of a 1000 Dances (on Letterman)

Ike and Tina Turner - Proud Mary - This song starts slow and easy and then just goes nuclear at 2:25.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_HuOVtHxdI

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - Heatwave - definite Motown sound i.e. made more “pop” sounding

Martha Reeves and the Vandellas - Jimmy Mack

Otis Redding - Dock of the Bay

Marvin Gaye and Tami Terrell - Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Four Tops - Baby I Need Your Lovin’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0HQEhuylZmg&feature=related

Temptations - I Wish It Would Rain

Sam Cooke - You Send Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqzv1ZS6uZs

Simply Red - If You Don’t Know Me By Now - his 1980’s cover of the song by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes

and the original:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOOXCx2WquE

Some early British Invasion, obvious R&B influences:

The Animals - Bring it On Home to Me
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNFyzXY_mvE&feature=PlayList&p=192E51D642B698DC&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=5

The Animals - Please Don’t Let Me be Misunderstood
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2FT4FprxDg

Gerry and The Pacemakers - You’ll Never Walk Alone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2zy3CeI0FCY

Dusty Springfield - Son of a Preacher Man

Edit: Fixed links


#5

[quote]FightinIrish26 wrote:
Looking for artists, songs, whatever.

Jay’s version of “Ain’t no Love” brought me to the Bobby Blue Band, who I dig. Luda’s “Undisputed” brought me to Edwin Starr and Blinky’s “We’ll find a way” which is fuckin awesome. Plus I’ve always dug songs by Sam and Dave, the Temptations, etc.

So I’m just looking for anything that’s cool.[/quote]

That Edwin Starr and Blinky song is great. Just checked it out on Youtube.

Here are a few more to check out:

Isley Brothers - Between the Sheets

“The Reverend” Al Green - Take Me to the River - made (even more) famous by the Talking Heads, who did an excellent job of “funking it up”.
Al Green:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DcUUcSDF8AA

Talking Heads:

The Chambers Brothers - Funky
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mTEAaMbTDz4&feature=fvw

Jackie Wilson - Higher and Higher

Edit: Fixed Al Green link - must have been drunk on soul last night


#6

I spent about an hour listening to Ray Charles on youtube today. Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole are also damn good.


#7

Walking the Dog:

Will It Go Round In Circles:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yiYbCJitvQ

Smokestack Lightning:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1FK620bS7A

High Heel Sneakers:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l8RVamiwAqU

Memphis Soul Stew:

Stormy Monday:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXBdJkTDgbw

Knock on Wood:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1p9h1ISE18I


#8

How about:

Teddy Pendergrass
Smokey Robinson and the Miracles
Marvin Gaye
Maze


#9

You Cannot talk about the 70’s with out talking about some FUNK!!

Funkadelic - Flashlight

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYAI6y32MSQ

Funkadelic - Atomic Dog!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5DrKBNS8so

Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jh8aWCH1TPc

And some classic R&B

James Brown TRY ME


#10

That’s what I’m talkin about fellas. Cake- great list man. Unfortunately you linked to “Proud Mary” for like four of them hahaha.

But still great songs on there.


#11

The two that I mentioned before-

“Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2vCAqdFx1s

“We’ll Find a Way”- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d3J08q1iIXg

“I’m losin You” - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n67cuHlcn1Y


#12

James and Bobby Purify- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bVuQCUbuf-4

Otis Redding- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-FQL-tJ3ic

Sam Cooke- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-NH5gA4JP8

Otis doing Sam- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTMuwUe4YhE

Etta James- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07DNiPodVdc

George Benson- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rMb0lLuNAA

Marvin Gaye- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbHeNkqRWtI

More Marvin- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qDckI2P_DPA

Bill Withers- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVy5yOs0NSA

For the record, I think it’s a toss up between Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke for best soul singer of all-time, but Otis Reddings voice personifies soul to me. I could post this stuff all day.


#13

You’ll enjoy this blog


#14

Also, this isn’t a classic, but Rapheal Saadiq [former lead singer of Tony Toni Tone!] is putting out some quality stuff, and you can never go wrong with Sade. oh yeah, Norah Jones ain’t half bad.

Saadiq- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udPZwivhERY


#15

[quote]Big_Boss wrote:
FightinIrish26 wrote:
Looking for suggestions on good old school 1960s/70s R&B and soul. Startin to get into it- give me shit to look up. Anyone?

You looking for just artists? Or particular songs?

Just artists of the top of my head:

Isley Brothers(my favorite)
The O’Jays
Al Green
Barry White
Earth,Wind,and Fire
Stevie Wonder(of course)
Sly & The Family Stone
The Ohio Players
Kool & The Gang
The Commodores
The Bar-Kays
Otis Redding
Jackson 5(yes…the Jacksons)[/quote]

Isley Brothers :smiley: greatttt, what about Curtis Mayfield Leroy Hutson etc.?

Don’t forget the Miracles and Smokey Robinson <3


#16

Great thread idea.

I can, and have, listened to Otis Redding for an entire afternoon

Try a little tenderness
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dael4sb42nI

These arms of mine.

Jackie Wilson

Higher and Higher - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HyDHsyj2J5U

Sam Cooke

Chain Gang - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmLedW-YYfE

Temptations

My girl - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltRwmgYEUr8

When I was about 5 years old in 1991 my dad bought be a box of 45’s at a garage sale and it was almost entirely old motown records, I was the only kid at my all white Indiana grade school who said I wanted to be a Temptation on career day.


#17

[quote]FightinIrish26 wrote:
That’s what I’m talkin about fellas. Cake- great list man. Unfortunately you linked to “Proud Mary” for like four of them hahaha.

But still great songs on there. [/quote]

Glad you liked them. Can’t get too much R&B. Fixed the links on both posts.


#18

[quote]cakewalk wrote:
FightinIrish26 wrote:
That’s what I’m talkin about fellas. Cake- great list man. Unfortunately you linked to “Proud Mary” for like four of them hahaha.

But still great songs on there.

Glad you liked them. Can’t get too much R&B. Fixed the links on both posts. [/quote]

Great man.