Friday, January 15, 2021

VA - It's In My Soul (A Butterboy Compilation), Smooth Soul, Southern Soul, Country Soul and Blue-eyed Soul (12 x CDs) PART 1 Country Soul



VA  - It's In My Soul (A Butterboy Compilation), Smooth Soul, Southern Soul, Country Soul and Blue-eyed Soul (12 x CDs) PART 1

Soul music (often referred to simply as Soul) is a popular music genre that originated in the African American community throughout the United States in the 1950's and early 1960's. It combines elements of African-American gospel music, rhythm and blues and jazz. Soul music became popular for dancing and listening in the United States, where record labels such as Motown, Atlantic and Stax were influential during the Civil Rights Movement. Soul also became popular around the world, directly influencing rock music and the music of Africa.  According to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, soul is "music that arose out of the black experience in America through the transmutation of gospel and rhythm & blues into a form of funky, secular testifying". Catchy rhythms, stressed by hand claps and extemporaneous body moves, are an important feature of soul music. Other characteristics are a call and response between the lead vocalist and the chorus and an especially tense vocal sound. The style also occasionally uses improvisational additions, twirls and auxiliary sounds.  Soul music reflected the African-American identity and it stressed the importance of an African-American culture. The new-found African-American consciousness led to new styles of music, which boasted pride in being black. 

Soul music dominated the U.S. R&B chart in the 1960's, and many recordings crossed over into the pop charts in the U.S., Britain and elsewhere. By 1968, the soul music genre had begun to splinter. Some soul artists developed funk music, while other singers and groups developed slicker, more sophisticated, and in some cases more politically conscious varieties. By the early 1970s, soul music had been influenced by psychedelic rock and other genres, leading to psychedelic soul. The United States saw the development of neo soul around 1994. There are also several other sub-genres and offshoots of soul music.

The key sub-genres of soul include the Motown style, a more pop-friendly and rhythmic style; Southern Soul, characterised by its gritty-yet-fragile vocals, punching horn sections, and tight rhythms.; Memphis soul, a shimmering, sultry style; Smooth soul, characterized by melodic hooks, funk influence and smooth production style.; Country soul has its roots in Gospel, Rhythm & Blues, and Country music, emphasizing the signatures and textures of country music over the grittier and horn-driven sound of Southern Soul. The impact of soul music was manifold; internationally, white and other non-black musicians were influenced by soul music. Several terms were introduced, such as "blue-eyed soul", which is R&B or soul music performed by white artists. The meaning of "blue-eyed soul" has evolved over decades. Originally the term was associated with mid-1960's white artists who performed soul and R&B that was similar to the music released by Motown Records and Stax Records.  (Wikipedia)

Other soul sub-genres which will  be compiled at a later date. Including Chicago soul, New Orleans soul, Psychedelic soul and Philadelphia soul.

Presented here are 12 x CD's of  Soul music, specifically 60 tracks each of Smooth Soul, Southern Soul, Country Soul and Blue-eyed Soul.  

Each sub-genre is 3 x CD's and will be posted each day until each set of CD's is complete. I hope you enjoy the choices. 

PART 1        Country Soul 



Track lists

Country Soul - CD1

01 Ray Charles I Can't Stop Loving You 4:17

02 James Carr The Dark End of the Street 2:33

03 William Bell Everybody Loves a Winner 2:53

04 Stoney Edwards She's My Rock 2:26

05 Brook Benton Rainy Night in Georgia 3:48

06 Solomon Burke Just Out of Reach 2:42

07 O.B. McClinton You Don't Miss Your Water 2:48

08 Johnny Adams In a Moment of Weakness 2:34

09 Brook Benton She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye 3:28

10 Esther Phillips Release Me 3:19

11 Joe Hinton Funny (How Time Slips Away) 3:04

12 Freddie North Don't Take Her She's All I Got 2:43

13 Bobby Powell Your Cheating Heart 2:35

14 Joe Tex Hold What You've Got 3:07

15 Reuben Bell You're Killing Me Slowly But Surely 2:42

16 Freddie North You're Killing Me Slowly But Surely 2:56

17 Percy Sledge Love Me Tender 3:04

18 Otis William Shutters & Boards 2:24

19 Ella Washington He Called Me Baby 3:02

20 Millie Jackson If You're Not Back in Love By Monday 4:55

Country Soul - CD2

21 Arthur Alexander You Better Move On 2:31

22 Brenton Wood Rainin' Love You Gotta Feel It 2:43

23 Ike & Tina Turner Don't Believe Nothing 3:15

24 Charley Pride Charley Pride - is Anybody Goin' to San Antone 2:14

25 Gladys Knight & the Pips Help Me Make it Through the Night 4:21

26 David Ruffin Statue of a Fool 4:20

27 Curtis Mayfield Dirty Laundry 4:07

28 Hank Ballard Sunday Morning Comin' Down 5:04

29 Bobby Jonz Snap Your Fingers 3:00

30 Clarence Gatemouth Brown Amos Moses 3:24

31 Aaron Neville The Grand Tour 3:18

32 Johnny Adams Hell Yes I Cheated 3:33

33 Esther Phillips I Saw Me 3:14

34 Dorothy Moore Misty Blue 3:34

35 Candi Staton Stand By Your Man 2:53

36 Ann Peebles Hangin' On 2:43

37 Arthur Alexander Everyday I Have to Cry 2:44

38 Z.Z. Hill I Need Someone (To Love Me) 3:22

39 Dobie Gray Loving Arms 2:44

40 Bobby Hebb A Satisfied Mind 2:43

Country Soul - CD3

41 Little Milton Behind Closed Doors 4:00

42 Tony Borders Gentle on My Mind 4:06

43 O.C. Smith The Son of Hickory Holler Tramp 3:52

44 Pointer Sisters Fairy Tale 5:05

45 Eddie James All I Have to Offer You (Is Me) 3:05

46 Little Willie John She Thinks I Still Care 2:57

47 Bobby Womack Bouquet of Roses 2:46

48 Joe Simon Chokin' Kind 2:39

49 Etta James Almost Persuaded 3:21

50 Otis Redding & Steve Cropper Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay 2:45

51 Bettye Swann Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me) 2:52

52 Bobby Sheen My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You 3:16

53 Mighty Sam McClain Sweet Dreems 2:41

54 Clarence Carter Set Me Free 3:05

55 Stoney Edwards Honkey Tonk Heaven 2:16

56 Solomon Burke He'll Have to Go 3:20

57 Otis Redding Tennessee Waltz 2:53

58 Roscoe Shelton There's a Heartbreak Somewhere 3:00

59 O.B. McClinton Talk To My Childrens Mama 2:57

60 Al Green For the Good Times 6:25




  1. Oh, I love it. One can never have enough soul.

    1. Hi peerke,
      It's in your soul.
      Enjoy these and the others to come.


  2. Hi!

    Thanx for this collection. A few "new" artists here = "new" hears here. Thanx too for "coming back".

    Ciao! For now.

    1. Hi rntcj,
      I hope you enjoy this and the ones to come.


  3. This is really something! One of the best soul compilations ever-pro or amateur.

    1. Thanks BillyMac for your generous words.
      I try my best to make them interesting.
      Enjoy the music.

  4. Fantastic! Thanks for taking the time to post these comps.

    1. Hi snakeboy,
      Glad you like it. More to come.


  5. Another brilliant project! thanks for sharing it!

    1. Thanks Il Commendatore.
      There are more to come.


  6. Butterboy, thank you for this nice compilatiion of soul tracks.
    Good selection and good sound. Very nice work.

  7. Unable to download 😥😥😥
    Server error.

    1. Hi Rocker Rural.
      I have just tested the link. It is working fine. I don't know where you are in the world but please try using a VPN when downloading, it seems to be what most are doing today.


    2. Hello dear Butterboy!
      I was using VPN and this morning tried to download disconnecting has downloaded in 4 seconds!!

      Thank you for answering and many thanks for all the music you are sharing.

      Best wishes to you and yours.

    3. Hi Rocker Rural,
      Glad that worked for you. I'll remember that for the future. (I should suggest that if you are using a VPN try and disconnect it while you download.)
      Enjoy the music.


  8. The 'Oops! Why you’re here?' is thrown at these links, so looking forward to correction pending :)
    Thanks in advance!

    Please note that PART 1, 2 & 3 suffer the same defect... PART 4 is absolutely OK.

    1. Hi Ron,
      A new link has been established, Tested and Working.


  9. In the early days of recorded music, a century or so ago, Soul and Country and Jazz had wide overlaps... and it's great to see and hear that the sweet blur is still there. Thanks for this great bunch, Butter, both on my behalf and that of the friend I'll be sharing it with. Cheers!

    1. And thank you as well for pointing this group as your favorite; I can see (and hear) why. There are some fascinating Soul takes on Country classics; the country experience and the soul experience have rich common ground... and here's what grows on it. Cheers, Butter!

    2. Hi Aging Child,
      One of my guilty pleasure is country music. (I will continue to post some from time to time, hint hint...) It sometimes gets discounted, but it is a soulful sound to me. So when Soul artists actually sing country its is often a beautiful thing.


  10. Greetings again. This 'Country Soul' link is also down. Please reup if possible. Thanks

    1. HI Chris,
      New link established tested and working,


  11. Hi BB, this is my 2nd Krak at tying up all the missed loose ends from 2021, starting with this collection/series - thanks :)