Soul Classics for the Discerning Listener

Scott Eastlick brings us a trip through the hallowed halls of some of the most classic soul tracks around to help you pad those TIDAL and Qobuz playlists and slide into your weekend listening sessions.

– Rafe Arnott

As someone who generally has less of a discernible spiritual side than most serial killers, the aptly titled genre of soul music does more than any biblical text to make me believe in a higher power.

Where I can even rationalize the existence of love and friendship as part of an evolutionary imperative instilled to promote protection and procreation, I can’t explain what drives a shiver up my spine when I hear a classic soul song.

While soul music has itself has been constantly involving, the ‘70s unarguably represents the genre’s heyday. The church was still a dominant influence for the first generation of black artists who were finally allowed to ignore the perceived preferences of white audiences, at the same time, production techniques of the era were apt at reflecting the sonic warmth that suited this sound so well. This selection takes some lesser known stunners mostly from this seminal decade, surreptitiously suggesting something greater than us all.

– Scott Eastlick

  • Irma Thomas – Anyone Who Knows What Love Is Will Understand
  • Lisa Richards – Let’s Take a Chance
  • Etta James – I’d Rather Go Blind
  • Toussaint McCall – Nothing Takes The Place of Your Man
  • Arthur Conley – Let Nothing Separate Us
  • Otis Redding – Just One More Day
  • The Untouchables – You’re On Top
  • Jonny Benavidez and Cold Mink – Tell Me That You Love Me
  • Taxie – I Think I’m Falling In Love
  • Jean Wells – Have A Little Mercy
  • Marvin Gaye – State Dialog
  • Sarah Webster Fabio – If We Come As Soft Rain
  • The Temprees – You Make the Sunshine
  • Robert Vanderbilt – A Message Especially From God
  • Johnny Davis – Stay Baby Stay
  • James Brown – Lost Someone
  • Sam Cooke – Any Day Now
  • The Staple Singers – Uncloudy Day
  • The Supreme Jubilees – It’ll All Be Over
  • The Enchanters – I Paid For the Party
  • Barbara West – Anyone But You
  • Al Kooper – Lookin’ For a Home
  • The Majestic Arrows – If I Had a Little Love
  • La Shun Pace Rhodes – I Know I’ve Been Changed
  • Pastor T.L. Barrett – Like a Ship

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ksalno's picture

Interesting list, I'd say more gospel than soul, at least by my definition of these two. A couple of corrections and comments if anyone is looking to duplicate this playlist on their streaming service of choice.

The Toussaint McCall track is mis-titled. The actual title is Nothing Takes the Place of You.

The Marvin Gaye track is misspelled. It is "stage dialog" not "state". There are many, many better Marvin Gaye songs that I would choose over this one, cause it really is just Marvin speaking to a crowd with a little beat going on in the background.

The Sarah Webster Fabio cut is a poem with her speaking over background music.

Johnny Davis should be Johnny Daye.

I found a couple of Barbara West tracks on compilation records but not the one listed here. It appears to be only available on a 45 single or a compilation that is not carried by either Tidal or Qobuz.