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Any Major Soul 1970

And so we tumble into the 1970s, with a mix of soul songs that came out in 1970. Still a year before Marvin Gaye issued his meditation on social justice and the ecology, the consciousness is very much evident here, albeit in sometimes rather more upbeat terms. So we have The Chi-Lites and The Main Ingredient calling for brotherly love as the solution. Curtis Mayfield can be relied on to be more incisive in his observations.

And almost four decades before Barack Obama coined the campaign slogan,  Lee Dorsey pronounced, “Yes We Can”. Dorsey could have been Obama”s scriptwriter; read this verse in POTUS” oratory voice: “Make this land a better land than the world in which we live, and help each man be a better man with the kindness that we give.”

Dusty Springfield”s inclusion in a soul mix might raise some eyebrows. I”ve said so before, and I”ll do it again: when Dusty sang soul, she was a soul singer. And her version of Jerry Butler”s “Brand New Me” provides ample proof of that.

The links for the previous season of “70s soul songs, and those from the 1980s, are all up again.
1. The Chi-Lites – Love Uprising
2. Willie Henderson and the Soul Explosions – Can I Change My Mind
3. Marvin Gaye – Gonna Give Her All The Love I’ve Got
4. Jerry Butler – I Could Write A Book
5. The Main Ingredient – Brotherly Love
6. The Moments – Lovely Way She Loves
7. 100 Proof Aged In Soul – I’ve Come To Save You
8. Billy Paul – Ebony Woman
9. Nancy Wilson – Joe
10. Vivian Reed – Yours Until Tomorrow
11. Syl Johnson – Black Balloons
12. Willie Hutch – Trying To Understand A Woman
13. Gene Chandler – Simply Call It Love
14. Curtis Mayfield – The Other Side Of Town
15. Lee Dorsey – Yes We Can (Part I)
16. Eugene McDaniels – Welfare City
17. Freda Payne – Unhooked Generation
18. Ronnie Dyson – I Don’t Want To Cry
19. The Chairmen Of The Board – Since The Days Of Pigtails & Fairytales
20. Hearts Of Stone – It’s A Lonesome Road
21. Marie ‘Queenie’ Lyons – Your Thing Ain’t No Good Without My Thing
22. Dorothy Morrison – Rain
23. David Porter – One Part Two Parts
24. Clarence Carter – Getting The Bills (But No Merchandise)
25. Jean Knight – Pick Up The Pieces
26. Dusty Springfield – A Brand New Me
27. The Lovelites – My Conscience
28. Maxine Weldon – Grits Ain’t Groceries (All Around The World)

(PW same as always; if you need it, look here)

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  1. JohnnyDiego
    October 17th, 2013 at 12:42 | #1

    I have each of the Any Major Soul of the 60s that you have collated and after the two volumes of 1969 Soul somehow (stupid me) I thought we were finished. But Soul Music lives on and now we are into the 70s, a time that saw me get out of Rock & Roll, Pop and Soul and into Jazz, World, and Country influences. But commercial radio was full of soul music and I couldn’t help buying everything Al Green back then.
    70s soul, with its lush arrangements, strings, and social conscience drove me away. The move toward disco alienated me even more. But now that so many years have gone by I have learned to once again appreciate and love 70s soul and at times I even hunger for disco.
    Thanks for re-upping the 70s links. You are helping my renaissance in soul.

  2. Guy
    October 18th, 2013 at 07:28 | #2

    Once again it is a pleasure to discover this music. Thank you for guiding me :)

  3. Emil
    October 21st, 2013 at 00:07 | #3

    I am one of your followers since a couple of weeks. I like your Soul series. One volume of the 70’s comps needs a re-up: 1972-73. Could you? Tks in advance.

  4. halfhearteddude
    October 21st, 2013 at 08:14 | #4

    The old link is still working. But I’ve put a new Zippyshare link up: http://www38.zippyshare.com/v/51561065/file.html (PW as always is amdwhah)

  5. dogbreath
    October 23rd, 2013 at 17:18 | #5

    Each of your fine soul mixes has me feeling all, er, soulful so many thanks for this one. Agree with your comments about Dusty Springfield, too – she could turn that magnificent voice to soul just as well as pop or Motown or country & she did it with conviction. Cheers!

  6. Ben
    October 28th, 2013 at 23:18 | #6

    Another great soul compilation. I completely agree with you regarding Dusty Springfield. I love her work with the Gamble-Huff writing/producing team who did a complete album with Dusty. If I’m not mistaken, her version of “Brand New Me” was the original and Jerry Butler did the cover, as well as Aretha Franklin. The Chairmen Of The Board’s “Since The Days Of Pigtails & Fairytales” was a favorite B side of mine and was delighted to find it in this collection. If memory serves, it was the flip side to “Give Me Just a Little More Time.” Or maybe “Pay to the Piper.”

    Anyway, thanks much for the collection.


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