Soul/R&B & Motown Singles

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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Jr. Walker & the All Stars - What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)

Jr. Walker & the All Stars - (1969)

Original British TMG 712 - a Motown fans favourite, and regular soul club spin.

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Martha and the Vandellas - Dancing in the Street

Martha and the Vandellas - (1964)

Stunning EX+ example of the Gaye/Stevenson original version, in it's birth company paper sleeve.

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Kool and the Gang - Jungle Boogie

Kool and the Gang - (1973)

Classic '70s funk single in EX+ condition, taken from the album "Wild and Peaceful".

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Marv Johnson - I Miss You Baby (How I Miss You)

Marv Johnson - (1969)

The 1969 solid centre British re-issue (chart position #25), a regular soul club spin, in EX+ condition.

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George Soulé - Get Involved

George Soulé - (1973)

Massive hit on British dancefloor's during '73 - An eye catching Mint- example!

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Sound Experience - Boogie Woogie

Sound Experience - (1975)

Stunning EX+/EX+ example of mid '70s American funk rarity.

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Van McCoy - Soul Improvisations (Part 1)

Van McCoy - (1974)

UK (BDS 418) solid centre pressing, of the instrumental funk, dancefloor stormer, (uncharted), taken from the album of the same name.

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Four Tops - 7 Rooms of Gloom

Four Tops - (1967)

Stunning EX+/EX+ example of the Motown male vocal quartet's seventh hit in the UK, reaching #12 in the singles charts.

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Isley Brothers - Just Ain't Enough Love

Isley Brothers - (1967)

Original American Tamla (T 54146) pressing, originally released with "Got to Have You Back" as the A side.

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Earl Van Dyke - 6 by 6

Earl Van Dyke - (1970)

Popular up-tempo instrumental, Northern Soul nighter spin, in excellent condition.

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Earth, Wind and Fire - Shining Star

Earth, Wind and Fire - (1975)

Demo copy of the band's first major hit, reaching No. 1 on both the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts.

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The Temptations - Psychedelic Shack

The Temptations - (1969)

Motown single produced by Norman Whitfield, using stereo-shifting multilead vocals, hard rock guitars, synthesizer sound effects and multitracked drums.

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Lonnie Mack - Memphis

Lonnie Mack - (1963)

American blues-rock instrumental hit - a U.S. Billboard Top-5 in excellent condition.

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Jackie Moore - This Time Baby

Jackie Moore - (1979)

The Florida born, American R&B singers disco cover version, of the song originally performed by The O'Jays.

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Vicki Sue Robinson - Turn the Beat Around

Vicki Sue Robinson - (1976)

Disco cult club smash, elusive on a UK pressing, where it only peaked at #51 in the singles chart.

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R. Dean Taylor - There's a Ghost in My House

R. Dean Taylor - (1966)

The 1974 TMG re-press, released due to demand on the UK Northern Soul scene - EX+ stunning!

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Latimore - There's a Red-Neck In the Soul Band

Latimore (1976)

Mid '70s up-tempo, modern soul room R&B, with a smooth soul sound on the flip-side.

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Chairmen of the Board - Pay to the Piper

Chairmen of the Board - (1970)

UK minor hit peaking at #34 in the singles chart, from the Holland-Dozier-Holland "Invictus" record label's flagship act.

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Gwen McCrae - Love Insurance

Gwen McCrae - (1975)

Advance demonstration copy of the follow up single to "Rockin Chair", - a hit peaking at #16 on the Billboard R&B Chart.

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First Choice - Doctor Love

First Choice - (1977)

The Philadelphia based, all female vocal group's infectious dance hit single, elusive on a UK Salsoul pressing, where it failed to chart.

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Betty Wright - Clean Up Woman

Betty Wright - (1971)

Clean EX+ example of UK pressing (K 10335), taken from her second studio album, "I Love the Way You Love".

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Gladys Knight & the Pips - The Look of Love

Gladys Knight & the Pips - (1968)

A cover of the Bacharach/David song, released in 1973 after the group's tenure with Motown Records had expired.

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Commodores - Superman

Commodores - (1974)

Two up-tempo funk/pre-disco tracks, released in 1975, (uncharted in the UK).

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The Temptations - Happy People

The Temptations - (1974)

Demonstration record variant of single co-written by Lionel Richie, taken from their album "A Song For You".

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Undisputed Truth - Help Yourself

Undisputed Truth - (1974)

U.S. Billboard R&B Top-20 single, (uncharted in the UK), taken from their album "Down to Earth".

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The Detroit Spinners - I'm Coming Home

The Detroit Spinners - (1974)

EX+ Demonstration copy variant of the Spinners cover - the song originally released by Johnny Mathis a year earlier.

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Undisputed Truth - You + Me = Love

Undisputed Truth - (1976)

Disco club classic featuring Taka Boom on lead vocals, elusive as a UK "Demonstration" variant, where it peaked at #43 on the singles chart.

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Double Exposure - Ten Percent

Double Exposure - (1976)

EX+ UK 7" variant of cult disco club classic spin, elusive on a British Salsoul pressing.

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Carol Williams - More

Carol Williams - (1976)

Demonstration variant of early disco classic, peaking at #4 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart.

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Nature Zone - Porcupine

Nature Zone - (1976)

Two disco tracks written and produced by Steve Feldman and Tom Dawes.

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The Supremes - Back In My Arms Again

The Supremes - (1965)

UK TMG 516 in EX+ condition - The fifth consecutive number-one song for the group on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.

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Louise Freeman - I Can Do It (If I See It)

Louise Freeman - (1974)

Disco rarity (UK HLM 10490) in EX+ condition.

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Jackie Wilson & the Chi-Lites - Don't Burn No Bridges

Jackie Wilson & the Chi-Lites - (1975)

Pre disco, up-tempo soul standard, (uncharted in the UK), - a minor hit in the United States where it peaked at #91 on the Billboard R&B chart.

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B.J. Arnau - Live and Let Die

B.J. Arnau - (1973).

Single release for which Arnau is best remembered, as the caberet act in the James Bond film "Live and Let Die".

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Leon Lee - He Was a Man (Part 1)

Leon Lee - (1974)

Pre-disco, up-tempo funk/soul rarity, in EX+ condition.

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The Jacksons - Can You Feel It

The Jacksons - (1980)

The third single released from their album "Triumph", written by brothers Michael and Jackie.

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Musique - In the Bush

Musique - (1978)

Originally a low-budget studio project by arranger/producer Patrick Adams, and featured soul singer Jocelyn Brown.

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Earth, Wind & Fire - Got to Get You into My Life

Earth, Wind & Fire - (1978)

Cover version of the Lennon/McCartney song recorded for the 1978 "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" soundtrack.

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Wilson Pickett - In the Midnight Hour

Wilson Pickett - (1965)

Stunning EX+ example of single written by Pickett and Steve Cropper, taken from his album of the same name.

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Atmosfear - Dancing in Outer Space

Atmosfear - (1979)

The British jazz funk band's most notable release, now a cult classic, house music collectable.

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The Temptations - Ball of Confusion (That's What the World Is Today)

The Temptations - (1970)

UK Top-10 single, written by Norman Whitfield and Barrett Strong, in "time capsule" EX+/EX+ condition!

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Four Tops - It's All in the Game

Four Tops - (1970)

The Tops cover version of the song written by Charles G. Dawes, (U.S. vice president) in 1911, (then titled "Melody in A Major").

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Curtis Mayfield - Superfly

Curtis Mayfield - (1972)

Original UK 7" pressing (with large centre), the title track from the film soundtrack of the same name.

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Nina Simone - Ain't Got No - I Got Life

Nina Simone - (1968)

Single taken from Simone's album ""Nuff Said", and used in the soundtrack to the musical "Hair".

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Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up

Curtis Mayfield - (1988)

EX+/EX+ (Curtom 7 CUR 101) much sought after 1988 repress, (with printed sleeve), of the soul classic originally released in 1970.

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