Sunday, January 17, 2021

VA - It's In My Soul (A Butterboy Compilation), Smooth Soul, Southern Soul, Country Soul and Blue-eyed Soul (12 x CDs) PART 3 Southern Soul



VA  - It's In My Soul (A Butterboy Compilation), Smooth Soul, Southern Soul, Country Soul and Blue-eyed Soul (12 x CDs) PART 3

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 3            Southern Soul




Track lists

Southern Soul CD1

01 O.V. Wright I'd Rather Be Blind, Cripple, and Crazy 2:46

02 Bobby 'blue' Bland I've Been Wrong for So Long 2:19

03 Clarence Carter Say it One More Time 2:41

04 Ted Taylor Something Strange is Going on 2:54

05 Ollie Nightengale A Good Woman at Home ( is Better Than Two in the Street ) 3:06

06 Bobby Patterson I Get My Groove From You 3:27

07 Charles Perrywell Your Lonesome Now 2:29

08 Ann Sexton You've Been Gone Too Long 2:17

09 Johnnie Taylor I Believe in You (You Believe in Me) 5:09

10 Otis Clay Trying to Live My Life Without You 2:51

11 Calvin Scott A Sadness for Things 3:26

12 Ann Peebles Trouble, Heartaches and Sadness 2:38

13 Dan Greer Thanks to You Girl 3:16

14 Candi Staton I Ain't Easy to Love 3:30

15 Lou Pride We Can Do What We Want 5:41

16 Zz Hill Don't Make Promises (You Can't Keep) 2:34

17 Bettye Lavette Your Turn to Cry 3:16

18 King Floyd What Our Love Needs 3:04

19 Syl Johnson Back for a Taste of Your Love 2:36

20 Eddie Floyd I Got a Reason to Smile (Cause I Got You) 3:15

Southern Soul CD2

21 Shay Holiday It's Not How Long You Make It 2:52

22 Joe Tex I'll Never Fall in Love Again (Part 1) 3:50

23 Frederick Knight I've Been Lonely for So Long 3:22

24 Bud Harper I've Just Got to Forget You 3:05

25 Paul Kelly Nine Out of Ten Times 2:52

26 George Jackson Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right 2:47

27 Clarence Carter Sixty Minute Man 3:08

28 Irma Thomas In Between Tears 2:37

29 Johnnie Taylor Jody's Got Your Girl and Gone 3:03

30 William Bell Everybody Loves a Winner 2:52

31 Calvin Scott Shame on the Family Name 2:50

32 Soul Children Hearsay 3:36

33 Betty Wright The Babysitter 3:08

34 Jimmy Lewis Three Into Two Won't Go 2:52

35 Bettye Crutcher Sugar Daddy 3:49

36 Inez Foxx The Time 3:57

37 Don Varner Here Come My Tears Again 2:19

38 Al Johnson Bless Your Little Sweet Soul 3:01

39 Ollie Nightengale It's a Sad Thing 2:53

40 O.V. Wright I've Been Seaching 2:39

Southern Soul CD3

41 Denise La Salle Breaking Up Somebody's Home 3:28

42 Spencer Wiggins Once in a While (Is Better Tha 3:33

43 Johnnie Taylor Stop Doggin' Me 4:15

44 Don Convay Sookie Sookie 2:48

45 Percy Sledge Misty Morning 5:46

46 Marcell Strong Mumble in My Ear 3:23

47 John Gary Williams The Whole Damn World is Going Crazy 3:11

48 Wilson Pickett Soft Soul Boogie Woogie 2:36

49 Staple Singers Be What You Are 4:59

50 Bobby Womack Nobody Wants You When You're Down and Out 2:57

51 Sandra Wright Wounded Woman 2:29

52 Little Johnny Taylor As Long as I Don't See You 3:47

53 Laura Lee Dirty Old Man 2:51

54 William Bell Lovin' on Borrowed Time 3:57

55 Otis Clay I Can Take You to Heaven Tonight 4:40

56 Ollie Nightingale All I Feel is Love 5:02

57 Judy Clay Bed of Roses 2:44

58 Al Green Take Me to the River 3:43

59 Little Milton What it Is 3:22

60 Clarence Carter I'm the Midnight Special 2:39




  1. Replies
    1. Just one more set to go for this lot (Blue-eyed Soul, Then next time around its Chicago Soul, Philadelphia Soul, New Orleans Soul and Psychedelic Soul.


  2. Thanks Butterboy!
    waiting for the last set!

  3. Many thanks for that great other selection.

    1. One more to go, Racati.
      Then a rest from soul for a few weeks.


  4. Thanks for all your hard work in putting these together.
    The track list shows how much you enjoy the music.

    1. Thanks snakebuy,
      Soul music is a vast area of listing pleasure, many different styles dictated by regional nuances.
      I like them all.


  5. Great music! Eagerly awaiting New Orleans! Sent from NOLA.

    1. Hiwbilly ,
      The New Orleans set is almost complete, just artwork to consider an proper tagging. This wont be sent out for a few week. So in the meantime keep your feet tapping the all the soul.


  6. Thanks so much. These are awesome and it is obvious that a lot of hard work went into it. Thanks again.

    1. Hi heartofstone,
      As I mentioned previously I love music and the hard work is always rewarding. When a compilation comes together I always remember one that got away so I guess there will be more music compilations to come...


  7. A latecomer to your blog and all this incredible music. Great to hear songs remembered and discovering new music too. Thanks for all your hard work

    1. Welcome aboard Pez49.
      i appreciate your kind words.
      I hope you find music that is to your tastes.


  8. Hello, ButterBoy! I'm swinging back to your outstanding "In My Soul" compilations to share your fine selections with a soul-music friend... cheers!

  9. Greetings! Thought your blog was out of existence, glad it's still here. Thanks a lot for sharing, with all the effort involved. The link for VA - It's In My Soul-Southern Soul is down. Please re-up if possible. Thanks