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Any Major Soul 1960-63

August 23rd, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

A while ago I compiled a series of mixes covering soul music from 1970 to 1989, all the links of which I’ve updated. So it seems essential to also cover the 1960s — for many people the golden age of soul. We’ll start with 29 songs from 1960 to 1963. Some of them are classics, such as I’m Blue, It’s Raining, Ya Ya, Monkey Time or Fingertips (represented here in its full version). Others are lesser known, or album tracks or b-sides — but all, in my opinion, great songs.

Some of the names are well-known, and a few still at the beginning of great things, such as Marvin Gaye, Aretha Franklin and Eddie Holland, who’d have much bigger success as a songwriter and producer at Motown, on which his Leaving Here appeared.

Others have been widely forgotten. Among them are The Sapphires, whose debut single Where Is Johnny Now is a firm favourite of mine. The Philadelphia group was among Gamble & Huff’s earliest protégés; the song features Leon Huff as well as Thom Bell on keyboards.

There is no name on this tracklist that sounds more ’60s than Doris Troy. Discovered in New York by James Brown (who doesn’t like his music to be featured on blogs, hence his absence), she had a couple of hits, including a Top 40 hit in the UK in 1964 which The Beatles liked so much that they later signed her to the Apple label.

The Butlers are so obscure that they are a trivia question on Northern Soul pub quiz nights. The group’s claim to fame, and this song’s, is that the lead vocalist is Frankie Beverley, who would become a soul legend as the frontman of Maze.

As ever, the mix is timed to fit on a standard CD-R, and includes front and back covers.

1. Ray Charles – Sticks And Stones
2. LaVern Baker – Bumble Bee
3. Mable John – You Made A Fool Out Of Me
4. The Ikettes – I’m Blue (The Gong-Gong Song)
5. Arthur Alexander – A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues
6. The Mar-Keys – Last Night
7. Gladys Knight and The Pips – Letter Full of Tears
8. Little Milton – Saving My Love For You
9. Lee Dorsey – Ya Ya
10. Irma Thomas – It’s Raining
11. Bettye Lavette – My Man, He’s A Lovin’ Man
12. Ann Cole – Have Fun
13. Marvin Gaye – Get My Hands On Some Lovin’
14. Aretha Franklin – I’m Wandering
15. Solomon Burke – Go On Back To Him
16. Sam Cooke – Nothing Can Change This Love
17. Dee Dee Sharp – Village Of Love
18. The Marvelettes – Playboy
19. Joe Henderson – Snap Your Fingers
20. Betty Harris – It’s Dark Outside
21. Baby Washington – Who’s Gonna Take Care Of Me
22. Eddie Holland – Leaving Here
23. Doris Troy – But I Love Him
24. The Sapphires – Where Is Johnny Now
25. Stevie Wonder – Fingertips (full version)
26. Major Lance – Monkey Time
27. Barbara Lewis – Hello Stranger
28. Betty Everett – Gonna Be Ready
29. The Butlers – She Tried To Kiss Me

(link updated on July 7, 2024)

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  1. halfhearteddude
    August 23rd, 2012 at 07:25 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. Sonic
    August 23rd, 2012 at 15:08 | #2

    Another great job, Dude. And I love the artwork. Your label looks so authentic.

  3. JohnnyDiego
    August 23rd, 2012 at 16:54 | #3

    Once again a great and wonderful compilation.
    And iPod ready, too! No more looking up album covers and release dates.
    Thank you for a great music blog.

  4. bostig
    August 24th, 2012 at 06:44 | #4

    A very large thank you

  5. wiley prybar
    August 25th, 2012 at 16:34 | #5

    Major Dude, so glad I checked in here before hitting the road today! Got to drive to a gig with my band today and this will get me in the mood to rock out for the people! We play some cool stuff, not sure any as cool as this set you’re sharing. Thank you, muchly.

  6. lugworm
    August 29th, 2012 at 07:53 | #6

    As usual nothing but the best! I thank you for the care and consideration you put into your selections. Thanks again.

  7. Paul
    September 1st, 2012 at 21:38 | #7

    Love this! I just wish your links to your old mixes still worked! I love the Soul mixes that you do!

  8. halfhearteddude
    September 5th, 2012 at 15:23 | #8

    Paul, all of them are updated again.

  9. Paul
    September 14th, 2012 at 05:12 | #9

    Thank you, these mixes are wonderful!

  10. March 19th, 2013 at 19:30 | #10

    Thanks MD. A fab compo, tastefully done.

  11. Mark L.
    July 11th, 2024 at 17:39 | #11

    Is there any chance of getting this re-upped?! I’d love to complete my collection of Any Major Soul CDs. Thanks!

  12. amdwhah
    July 11th, 2024 at 22:21 | #12

    I’m planning to cover that timespan with new mixes to cover each year, but that might take a while yet. In the interim, a new link is up.

  13. Mark L.
    July 12th, 2024 at 19:38 | #13

    THANK YOU SO MUCH! Will look forward to the new mixes — whenever they arrive. Really appreciate it!

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