The Roots Of Soul - Part Two: Fifties Soul

Artist Song Buy
Ray Charles  I Got A Woman (1955)  buy on itunes
The "5" Royales  I Need Your Lovin' Baby (1955)  buy on itunes
Little Willie John  Need Your Love So Bad (1955)  buy on itunes
Ray Charles  Hallelujah I Love Her So (1956)  buy on itunes
The "5" Royales  Mine Forevermore (1956)  buy on itunes
James Brown  Please, Please, Please (1956)  buy on itunes
Little Willie John  Uh Uh Baby (1957)  buy on itunes
Ray Charles  Ain't That Love (1957)  buy on itunes
The "5" Royales  Dedicated To The One I Love (1957)  buy on itunes
Sam Cooke  You Send Me [demo version] (1957)  buy on itunes
Sam Cooke  Just For You (1957)  buy on itunes
The "5" Royales  Think (1957)  buy on itunes
Ray Charles  That's Enough (1957)  buy on itunes
Sam Cooke  Win Your Love For Me (1958)  buy on itunes
The "5" Royales  Tell The Truth (1958)  buy on itunes
The "5" Royales  Don't Let It Be In Vain (1958)  buy on itunes
Sam Cooke  Love You Most Of All (1958)  buy on itunes
Jackie Wilson  Lonely Teardrops (1958)  buy on itunes
James Brown  Try Me (1958)  buy on itunes
The Falcons  You're So Fine (1959)  buy on itunes
Jackie Wilson  That's Why I Love You So (1959)  buy on itunes
Marv Johnson  Come To Me (1959)  buy on itunes
The Drifters  There Goes My Baby (1959)  buy on itunes
Ray Charles  The Night Time Is The Right Time (1959)  buy on itunes
The "5" Royales  It Hurts Inside (1959)  buy on itunes
James Brown  Good, Good Lovin' (1959)  buy on itunes
James Brown  I'll Go Crazy (1959)  buy on itunes
The Isley Brothers  Shout (1959)  buy on itunes
Jackie Wilson  I'll Be Satisfied (1959)  buy on itunes
Ray Charles  What'd I Say [Parts 1 & 2] (1959)  buy on itunes

Comment:

I find it strange that 'Fifties Soul' is a largely overlooked sub-genre - especially when so many of the stars of the more familiar Sixties Soul era recorded substantial amounts of their work during this decade. Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Ray Charles had all enjoyed long and successful careers before the Sixties started and their early material features here alongside The "5" Royales, whose failure to find the same fame and fortune as their fellow Fifties soul-mates belies the quality and importance of their recordings. Bizarrely enough, this CD contains the third version of "Dedicated To The One I Love" to feature on mixes I've submitted recently - but this is the original version, with great guitar playing from Lowman "Pete" Pauling - a big influence on Steve Cropper (...it's funny the way my record collection fits together!) Just for the record, I've chosen to include the demo version of "You Send Me" since I find it a lot more soulful than the (slightly sacharine sweet) single version. Sometimes history (and in this case Ray Charles) play a big part in dictating the track-listing on a mix like this. You couldn't ask for a more appropriate opener than 1955's "I Got A Woman" and "What'd I Say" is the perfect climax to the story of Fifties Soul. Of course there were other key moments in the development of Soul Music which followed, but they belong to a different decade, a different story, and almost certainly a different CD!

Feedback:

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hemizen
Date: 7/2/2005
cool!
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Sean Lally
Date: 7/2/2005
"Dedicated" is such a beautiful song - I don't think I've heard this version. You realize, of course, that I need to hear this series. This is a great second volume!
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Skinny Robbie
Date: 7/2/2005
Sweet. One can never have enough Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke. Great collection.
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Dead Man
Date: 7/2/2005
You've convinced me that fifties soul has been unfairly overlooked. I'd really like to hear this.
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boodean
Date: 7/2/2005
Most excellent!
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Salman1
Date: 7/3/2005
great series.
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slipperyhangdoglook
Date: 7/4/2005
Very well done, I love this period in the develpoment of 'Soul' and am often trying to convince Soul fans to go back a bit further. Do you intend to look at some of the 'Soulful' Jazz artists like Nat King Cole, Dinah Washington etc...?
I'm sure you'll do them equally proud.
I may need to try for some swaps to fill any gaps in my collection !
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Rob Conroy
Date: 7/4/2005
Tremendously well-done. I'll want this one soon, too. :-)
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G-Sphere
Date: 7/11/2005
Very nice.

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