Rare 10CD Japan collection released in 1999, entitled Lady Soul Collection, featuring titles from Phyllis Hyman, Angela Bofill & Evelyn "Champagne" King's catalogue.
The impossibly tight house band for the Stax/Volt labels, The MG's defined, more than any other factor, the economical and groove-heavy sound of Memphis soul. Backing such legends as Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, Carla Thomas, and Wilson Pickett, they performed on over 600 recordings. They were, of course, also a legendary instrumental recording unit in their own right. This double-disc, 30-track collection includes such classics as "Green Onions," "Time Is Tight," and "Hip Hug-Her."
Box set, celebrating its 20th anniversary this year of "Free Soul," a popular compilation series that focus on soul music songs mainly taken from the 1970's.
When Ray Charles' musical director has the words "blues" and "soul" in large type on the covers of his own releases, there's a strong chance that's what the listener will find inside. They're definitely there in this compilation that reissues two of altoist Hank Crawford's Atlantic albums from the late '60s. The Mr. Blues set from 1968 is Crawford and a small horn section playing rocking blues riffs with a crack rhythm section. Instrumental R&B doesn't get much hipper. Crawford's tough but lyrical sound – informed by a bebopper's command and facility – is tailor-made for this blues-charged music.
Victorian Lady Centenial Collection - Full Year Collection of Doll Dresses designed by Annie Potter
Body and Soul: Christmas features a number of holiday songs performed by some of the best soul artists of the late 20th century. You get '60s soul legends (the Temptations' "Silent Night," Otis Redding's "White Christmas," and the Surpremes' "Twinkle Twinkle Little Me"), '70s soul icons (Isaac Hayes' "Mistletoe and Me," the O'Jays' "Merry Christmas Baby," the Ohio Players' "Happy Holidays"), and some more contemporary artists (SWV's "Christmas Ain't Christmas," Boyz II Men's "Let It Snow"). The Marvin Gaye performance, "I Want to Come Home for Christmas," is also noteworthy. Overall, a broad and epoch-ranging collection of holiday music done soul style by many of the style's greatest figures. ~ Jason Birchmeier