Soul/R&B & Motown Singles

Soul music is a popular music genre that originated in the United States in the 1950s and early 1960s. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States – where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential in the civil rights era. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa.

According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying".

Soul/R&B & Motown Singles
Soul/R&B & Motown Singles

Soul music dominated the U.S. R&B chart in the 1960s, and many recordings crossed over into the pop charts in the U.S., Britain and elsewhere. By 1968, the soul music genre had begun to splinter. Some soul artists developed funk music, while other singers developed slicker, more sophisticated, and in some cases more politically conscious varieties. By the early 1970s, soul music had been influenced by psychedelic rock and other genres. The United States saw the development of neo soul around 1994. There are also several other subgenres and offshoots of soul music.

The key subgenres of soul include the Detroit (Motown) style, a rhythmic music influenced by gospel; deep soul and southern soul, a driving, energetic soul style combining R&B with southern gospel music sounds; Memphis soul, a shimmering, sultry style; New Orleans soul, which came out of the rhythm and blues style; Chicago soul, a light gospel-influenced sound; Philadelphia soul, a lush orchestral sound with doo-wop-inspired vocals; Psychedelic soul, a blend of psychedelic rock and soul music; Blue-eyed soul, music performed by white artists and Northern soul, rare soul music played by DJs at nightclubs in northern England.


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Edwin Starr - Ain't It Hell Up In Harlem

Edwin Starr - (1973)

Promotional copy of single taken from the soundtrack to the blaxploitation genre motion picture "Hell up in Harlem".

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Willie Henderson - The Dance Master Part One: Instrumental

Willie Henderson - (1973)

The 4-prong centre variant of the two-part funk single.

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Joe Simon featuring the Mainstreeters - Theme From Cleopatra Jones

Joe Simon - (1973)

Theme to the Warner Bros. blaxploitation genre film Cleopatra Jones.

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Dennis Landry - Sing My Song

Dennis Landry - (1974)

West coast early 70's funk track in Excellent condition.

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Jenny's Daughters - Dirty Feet

Jenny's Daughters - (1974)

Demonstration variant of the 2nd of only three releases, from the female session singers.

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Alvin Cash - Keep On Dancing

Alvin Cash - (1968)

Styrene Pitman pressing variant of regular soul club spin, (instrumental), and final single release from the American singer/artist.

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Sting - Pleasure

Sting - (1978)

EX promotional press of the disco trio's debut single, taken from their album of the same name.

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The Earls - Goin' Uptown

The Earls - (1975)

The 3 minute demonstration variant of the funk song, from the quartet that began their career in the 1960's, as the doo-wop group Larry Chance and the Earls.

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Curtis Mayfield - Future Shock

Curtis Mayfield - (1973)

A well presented EX/EX funk/soul single, take from Mayfield's album, "Back to the World".

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Simtec and Wylie - Put Up or Shut Up

Simtec and Wylie - (1972)

Original Mister Chand (CH 8013) funk single, taken from the duo's only album release, "Gettin' Over the Hump".

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Dynamic Corvettes - Funk Music Is the Thing (Part 1)

Dynamic Corvettes - (1975)

British Contempo Records pressing of the third and final single release, from the Maryland based funk band.

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The Third Degree - Mercy

The Third Degree - (2009)

The Kent band's cover version of the song first recorded a year earlier by Duffy, includes original, company paper sleeve.

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Jimmy "Bo" Horne - Dance Across the Floor

Jimmy "Bo" Horne - (1978)

Demonstration variant of Horne's biggest hit, (U.S. Billboard Hot 100 #38, Billboard R&B #8).

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Earth Wind & Fire - Magic Mind

Earth Wind & Fire - (1977)

Advanced promotional pressing of minor hit in the UK, (UK Singles Chart #54), taken from the album, "All 'n All".

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Larry Santos - Long Long Time

Larry Santos - (1975)

Well presented promotional U.S. Casablanca NB 869, which was included on the artist's fourth and fifth studio album.

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Buddy Miles - Rockin' and Rollin' on the Streets of Hollywood

Buddy Miles - (1975)

Promotional variant of modern soul/dance release, written and produced by the drummer-vocalist Buddy Miles.

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The Isley Brothers - Harvest for the World

The Isley Brothers - (1976)

Single released as the title track, from their 1976 album of the same name, (UK chart singles #10).

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