Saturday, January 16, 2021

VA - It's In My Soul (A Butterboy Compilation), Smooth Soul, Southern Soul, Country Soul and Blue-eyed Soul (12 x CDs) PART 2 Smooth Soul



VA  - It's In My Soul (A Butterboy Compilation), Smooth Soul, Southern Soul, Country Soul and Blue-eyed Soul (12 x CDs) PART 2

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 1950s and early 1960s. 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 1960s, 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-1960s 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 2            Smooth Soul




Track lists

Smooth Soul CD1

01 Isaac Hayes The Look of Love 11:13

02 Delfonics Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) 3:22

03 Esther Phillips You and Me Together 3:15

04 Teddy Pendergrass Come Go With Me 5:47

05 Jerry Butler Givin Up on Love 2:32

06 Donny Hathaway Love, Love, Love 3:25

07 Willie Hutch Season for Love 3:08

08 Dramatics In the Rain 3:24

09 Sade No Ordinary Love 7:20

10 Loleatta Holloway Cry to Me 3:39

11 Charles Bradley Slow Love 3:38

12 Dells Somebody's Gotta Move 5:13

13 Rick James Fire and Desire (Featuringteena Marie) 7:22

14 Luther Vandross A House is Not a Home 7:08

15 Chi-Lites I Never Had it So Good (And Felt So Bad) 5:09

16 Barry White Playing Your Game, Baby 3:40

17 James Brown Kiss in '77 3:45

18 Millie Jackson If Loving You is Wrong I Don't Want to Be Right 3:49

19 Smokey Robinson I'm Loving You Softly 4:35

20 Curtis Mayfield Give Me Your Love (Love Song) 4:17

Smooth Soul CD2

21 Billy Paul I See the Light 6:14

22 Chuck Jackson Slowly But Surely 3:17

23 Freddie Jackson Rock Me Tonight (For Old Times Sake) 4:02

24 Patti Labelle On My Own (With Michael McDonald) 4:52

25 Jerry Butler Take the Time to Tell Her 3:48

26 Willie Hutch Sunshine Lady 3:56

27 Minnie Riperton Inside My Love 4:48

28 Peabo Bryson Feel the Fire 4:54

29 Roberta Flack Killing Me Softly With His Song 1973 4:47

30 Marvin Gaye Let's Get it On 4:51

31 Anita Baker Sweet Love 4:21

32 Bill Withers Moanin' and Groanin' 2:58

33 Syl Johnson I Wanna Satisfy Your Every Need 2:45

34 Jesse Green Easy 3:38

35 Jesse Green Nice and Slow 3:10

36 Eddie McLoyd Once You Fall in Love 3:57

37 Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway You've Got a Friend 3:25

38 Angie Stone Baby Slow Down 4:08

39 Gladys Knight & the Pips And This is Love 3:23

40 Billy Paul I Was Married 7:22

Smooth Soul CD3

41 Bill Withers Who is He What is He to You 5:28

42 Brenton Wood Love is Free 4:43

43 O'jays Stairway to Heaven 6:17

44 Syl Johnson I Hear the Love Chimes 2:46

45 George Duke Love Mission 4:24

46 Rumer Slow 3:36

47 Lou Pride Take it Slow 4:57

48 Anita Baker Caught Up in the Rapture 4:08

49 Marvin Gaye Soon I'll Be Loving You Again 3:13

50 Frank McKinney Quiet Storm 3:40

51 Isley Brothers Smooth Sailin' Tonight (Single Version) 3:59

52 Atlantic Starr Secret Lovers 4:04

53 Teena Marie Dear Lover 5:16

54 Little Scotty Slow That Disco Down 6:32

55 Notations Take it Slow 4:11

56 Jermaine Jackson Do What You Do 4:12

57 Grover Washington Jr. East River Drive 4:44

58 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes I Miss You 8:38

59 Peaches & Herb Reunited 3:55

60 Average White Band A Love of Your Own 5:17




  1. Howdy Butter..Glad you are back amigo. Stay well.

    1. Howdy Professor,
      Thank you.
      You also stay safe and enjoy life in there crazy times..


  2. Dear Butterboy!
    Krakenfiles don´t work for me today ... I tried to download the three files three times already, and every time the download files shortly before completion. Do you have an alternative?
    Best wishes from Vienna, Peter

    1. Hi PeterH
      I have just tested the links and are all working fine for me.
      Please try again. If that doesn't work try using another browser. That may work.


    2. Tried it again just now - and it worked like a charm. Thanks! P.

  3. Hi Buterboy, great to see you back again, another sign that 2021 will prove better than the year just passed. Keep well !

    1. Thanks danbis1008
      Hope your 2021 is great.


  4. Wonderful music. Thanks so much.

  5. Good to see you are back. Thank you. I always like to check out the offerings. thank you.

    1. Thank Rrichsoul,
      Enjoy 2021. Let's hope there is some improvement.


  6. So glad to this site back up. Stay healthy!!

    1. Hi djmcblues2
      Thanks, its great to be back.
      I hope 2021 is better for all.
      You also stay safe and enjoy life.


  7. Hi!

    Thanx for these. Some "new" artists = "new" hears here.

    Ciao! For now.

  8. Hello again BB.. just have to let you know how much I'm enjoying these soul comp collections you have done .. A LOT! I have always enjoyed this type of music but after all these years it's only in the last two that I've come to realize how much I've always liked it, how much of it there is to be discovered, and how much I enjoy it more than ever as I'm older.. and it's all because of this blog.. you get ALL the credit for that! Thank You.

    Just now I'm making notes I need to investigate:
    Syl Johnson, Rumor, Frank McKinney, and Teena Marie.. that's only for CD3 here!

    >> Listen to your Track 42 on CD3 "Brenton Wood - Love Is Free".
    Sounds out-of-place here, but did remind of my broadcasting days, when I was engineering myself, and had to queue the next record. Is the start of that song what it's supposed to be?

    1. Hi mrRadio.
      Thank you for the great feedback and for sharing your new found love of Soul music.
      I have fixed track 42 , there is a new link on the main page.
      Thank you for letting me know. After hundreds of downloads you are the first to let me know.

      Here is the page link for one of my favorite box sets.


  9. Thank you for spotlighting the smooth side of Soul as well, Butter - thank you in advance from my friend who'll be enjoying it this weekend. Cheers!