Thursday, August 28, 2014

Soul in the Post-Soul Era

   It's probably best not to spend too much time comparing the soul music of the last 35 years to classic soul (I'd call it the period from the early 60s to the mid 70s, but that's just me) mostly because you just sound like an old crank.  Since I probably sound like an old crank a lot more than I think, I think it's best, then, to just groove (as we used to say in the 70s) to all the good soul since the early 80's.   As for the comps below, I tried to stay from those artists who were classic soul stars and still recording in the 80s, 90s, or 00s, but I couldn't help myself and had to include a track from Al Green. (I defend its inclusion on the grounds that it's a duet with Corinne Bailey Rae.)

Side A

Why Didn't You Call Me Macy Gray
Comin' From A Higher Place Baby Charles
Do The 45 Ryan Shaw
Baby Angie Stone with Betty Wright
Paradise Lost Kings Go Forth
Desert Song Alice Smith
White Noise Willis Earl Beal
I Need A Friend Curtis Harding
Do You Love Me (Like You Say You Do) Lee Fields & The Expressions
Who's Gonna Save My Soul Gnarls Barkley
Soul Suckers Amos Lee
Rocketship Donnie
Too Late MED
100 Yard Dash Raphael Saadiq
Sign Your Name Terence Trent D'arby
When You Love Somebody Leela James
Promises india.arie
Untitled (How Does It Feel) D'Angelo

Side B

I Need A Dollar Aloe Blacc
Feeling Free Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators
Hi Roller The Bo-Keys
Everything Is Everything Lauryn Hill
Back To Black Amy Winehouse
Super Rich Kids Frank Ocean
Honey Molasses Jill Scott
Comin' From Where I'm From Anthony Hamilton
Pink Cashmere Prince
T.O.N.Y. Solange
Answer Me Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
Idlewild Blues (Clean) Outkast
Kick The Blanket The Mighty Imperials
I Let You Go Ricky Fanté
Take Your Time Al Green featuring Corinne Bailey Rae
Tell Me What Fine Young Cannibals
Always Waiting Michael Kiwanuka
Crying in the Chapel (feat. Menahan Street Band) Charles Bradley