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Chronicling the evolution of soul from its beginnings in the churches of the southern states through the dance halls of the chittlin' circuit to the sophisticated supper clubs of the urban centres.

From Sacred to Secular - 8CD anthology SOUL021
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PRICE £28

In a comprehensive overview from 1927 to 1963, History of Soul Records’ 8CD anthology covers the genesis of soul music, tracing connections between R&B, jazz and blues, and gospel, the secular and the sacred. As popular black musical genres were adopted by white teenage audiences in the 1950s, black music reverted to more authentic, basic styles. By 1960, the sound of black popular music had turned away from a driving, largely uptempo rhythm and blues towards a more emotionally poignant style. The term ‘soul’ popped up here and there, but only became common parlance after the release of Ray Charles’s I Believe To My Soul at the end of 1959.

The growing Civil Rights movement, the rise of the 45rpm record and the introduction of the electric guitar all played their part in the creation of a new sound. Detroit had Berry Gordy’s Motown, Chicago had Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions and New York had Atlantic Records along with white songwriters Burt Bacharach and Jerry Ragavoy producing their uptown soul. Down south, Stax was setting Memphis alight, Fame were starting up in Muscle Shoals, and New Orleans was putting funk into the mix. By 1963, soul had gone mainstream. There were more soulful records in the charts in 1962 alone than there had been in the whole of the 1950s.

This collection of breathtaking blues and spiritual music brings you some of the most impassioned, compelling vocal performances ever to be recorded. The accompanying illustrated 36-page book sets out the historical background and explains some of the technical features that make these beautiful songs the precursors of soul music.

 
soulcovers
Chicago Soul
The Early years

SOUL001
Where Southern
Soul Began Vol.1

SOUL002

Soul of
New Orleans
SOUL003

Wade in the Water
Soul Chronology 1

SOUL004
Lonely Avenue
Soul from New York

SOUL005
Let's Soul Dance
SOUL006
This Old Soul of Mine: Chronology 2
SOUL007
That's Where It's At: West Coast Soul
SOUL008

Save a Seat For Me
Soul Chronology 3
SOUL009

Yes Indeed
Soul Chronology 4
SOUL010

Singing From My Soul: Chronology 5
SOUL011
Instrumentals
Soul Style
SOUL012
Witchcraft In the Air Detroit Soul Vol.1
SOUL013
Home of the Blues
5 Royales Vol.1

SOUL014

King A&B Sides.
5 Royales Vol.2

SOUL015

Complete Apollo
5 Royales Vol.3

SOUL016
Where Southern
Soul Began Vol.2

SOUL017
Soul Hits the Charts
SOUL018
Down in the Basement, Soul from NewYork 2
SOUL019
Definitive Falcons
Collection - 4 disc set
SOUL020
Where Southern Soul Began Vol.3
SOUL022

Motorcity Scrapbook
Detroit Soul
Vol.2
SOUL023

The Sweet Sound Of Philadelphia Soul
SOUL024
The Definitive 5 Royales
6 CD SET

SOUL025
Ohio Soul
SOUL026


 

Texas Soul LP
LP Texas Soul '64
HOS3
 
Birth of Funk LP
Low Down and Dirty

HOS2

 

LP 5 Royales -
Harbingers of Soul
HOS1
 

SOUL021 Sacred to Secular

 

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