The Roots Of Soul - Part Two: Fifties Soul

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


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 ('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!


Date: 7/2/2005
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!
Skinny Robbie
Date: 7/2/2005
Sweet. One can never have enough Jackie Wilson and Sam Cooke. Great collection.
Dead Man
Date: 7/2/2005
You've convinced me that fifties soul has been unfairly overlooked. I'd really like to hear this.
Date: 7/2/2005
Most excellent!
Date: 7/3/2005
great series.
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 !
Rob Conroy
Date: 7/4/2005
Tremendously well-done. I'll want this one soon, too. :-)
Date: 7/11/2005
Very nice.